Forvilly wins three events in Fernley |

Forvilly wins three events in Fernley

Steve Yingling

Luke Forvilly is out of the blocks quickly and that is bad news for the rest of the state.

The Whittell High senior won three events and was runner-up in another, leading the Warriors to fourth place in a 17-team track and field meet Saturday in Fernley. Considering that the victories came against a field stacked with 3A competition, Forvilly’s triumphs were all the more impressive.

The three-sport athlete won the 110 high hurdles in 16.3 seconds, the 90 meters in 10.4 and the long jump with a leap of 19 feet, 6 1/2 inches. Forvilly also was runner-up in a tightly contested 200-meter dash (23.66) that Fernley’s Tiger McIntyre won in 23.60.

“He had a near perfect day,” said WHS coach Brian Rippet. “In practice, I say he’s in it to win it. Luke is working a lot harder in practice and is doing absolutely everything we’re asking him to do.”

Rite of Passage won the boys meet with 129 points. Fernley was second with 111, Lowry third with 90 and Whittell fourth with 56.

Adding to the WHS point total were sophomore Casey Lee, third in high jump (5-10) and seventh in 800 meters (2:13); Ben Johnson, seventh in the mile (5:11) and Nick Gant, seventh in the 300 hurdles (46.7). Lee bested his personal best in the high jump by 10 inches.

The Warriors also received a fifth-place finish from their 4-by-800 relay team. Johnson, Gant, Jarret Guajardo and Argenis Flores ran the race in 9:36.

Whittell only brought two girls to the meet. Shelly Zaskoda triple jumped 27-7 and long jumped 12-1 to finish just out of the scoring. Ally Van Deusen ran the 3,200 meters in 15:27 in her first career meet.

“She was still smiling after the fifth lap, the sixth lap … she ran the whole thing with a big smile on her face,” Rippet said.

Whittell competes in Yerington on Wednesday and will send a select group to Fallon on Saturday.

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