Whittell Warriors’ run of 2A state titles likely to continue
Another state championship appears to be within the Whittell High girls’ grasp going into the 2009 track and field season. There also is excitement on the boys’ side as the Warriors have enlarged their team.
The boys have doubled the size of their squad to 20 competitors, accomplishing one of the goals of first-year coach Martin Crawford.
“I wanted the track coaching position because of my love of working with the kids and the experience of working with the track team last year,” he said. “I enjoy running and want to help spread that enthusiasm to the kids. I also wanted to help grow participation in track.”
Crawford’s team should be strong in the distance events and sprints, as well as any event Kyler Felton enters. Felton was third in the 300 hurdles and fourth in triple jump at last year’s 2A state meet. He also ran a leg for the Warriors’ fourth-place 4×400 relay team.
Seniors Roberto Concha-Foley and Ian Allen give the Warriors threats in the 100 and 200 meters. Junior Chris Crawford and sophomore John Robinson were key members of Whittell’s state runner-up cross country team. Crawford will run the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 meters, while Robinson will pick up his pace by running the 200, 400 and 800. Cross country team members Mikey George and Zack Welch will also compete in the distance events.
There appears to be no end in sight to the run of championships by the Whittell girls. The Warriors return six major point- scorers from the team that won the school’s fourth straight state championship last May.
“We should probably be able to hang onto that. We have some good people coming back,” said Whittell girls’ coach Andrea King. “We have a great group of up-and-coming kids, so it’s going to be a lot of fun.”
Back are Shannon Marshall and Hannah Daly, who each won two individual state titles and were part of a third ” the school-record-setting 4×400 relay team.
King said that Daly won’t compete in all of the meet and will likely miss at least one day of state competition. Daly will graduate a year early so she can enroll at the University of North Carolina to begin her career with the Tar Heels’ women’s soccer program.
Also returning to make a run at a fifth straight title are distance runners Sasha Rupp and Holly Brumbach, sprinter and long jumper Sammy Brumbach and discus and shot putter Isabel Concha-Foley. All four athletes placed at last year’s state meet.
Coaches: Andrea King, girls; Martin Crawford, boys
Last year: Whittell girls won their fourth straight 2A state title
Key losses: Natalie Daly, Jordan Reeder, Jane MacKelvie, Paul Waite, David King
Key returners: Shannon Marshall, Isabel Concha-Foley, Hannah Daly, Kyler Felton, Sasha Rupp, Sammy Brumbach, Holly Brumbach
Opener: Cougar Invitational on Saturday in Newark, Calif.
2009 Whittell track and field schedule
Date Meet Time
Saturday Cougar Inv., Newark 8:30 a.m.
March 21 LeFebvre Relays, Auburn 8:25 a.m.
March 28 Fallon Elks Invitational 8 a.m.
April 3-4 Reed Invitational 2:45 p.m./8:30 a.m.
April 18 Carson High Inv. 8:30 a.m.
April 25 Big George Inv., Minden 8:30 a.m.
May 2 Yerington Relays 8 a.m.
May 15-16 Regionals, Yerington TBA
May 22-23 State meet, Del Sol High, Las Vegas TBA