Whittell, South Tahoe runners medal at states
Whittell senior Mark Waite took home four first-place medals at the NIAA State Championship track meet on Friday and Saturday at Carson High School.
In a close 400-meter dash, Waite ran a time of 52.66, beating out Ethan Hardacre of Sage Ridge who ran a time of 52.83. In the 800 meters, Waite had a time of 2:00.21 and beat second-place Donovan Harrison of Sierra Lutheran by 5 seconds. In the mile, Waite ran a 4:53.34, beating Enrique Orozco of Beatty who ran a 4:57.69.
Freshman Cole Snyder is also a state champion. He ran a 10:53.99 two-mile and beat the second-place junior from Sierra Lutheran, Chris Eckert, by 7 seconds.
Waite and Snyder, along with Andy Delgado and Gabriel Aguilar, were part of the first-place 4×800 meter relay team. The four runners ran a combined time of 9:08.47, beating out seven other schools. Sierra Lutheran came in second with a time of 9:11.43.
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Dillon Stetler competed in the 300-meter hurdles and ran a time of 48.67, good enough for seventh place.
The girls side came sent two relay teams to the meet and came away with two fifth-place finishes. The 4×200-meter team of Gisselle Benitez, Hailey Elliott, Hannah Brunsman and Lauren George ran a combined time of 2:04.20 missing a medal by our-tenths of a second. The same team ran the 4×100-meters in a time of 58.14, again missing a medal by only half a second.
The Vikings sent 11 runners to the state meet Friday and Saturday and came away with three medals.
Freshman Maya Brosch took home two medals with a second-place finish in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 44.59, just missing first place by four hundredths of a second; and placed third in the 400-meter dash with 58.76 missing first place by only one second. Brosch also placed sixth in the 200-meter dash with a time of 26.51. Both times set a new school record in the respective races and Brosch’s 300 meter hurdle time ranks her 8th among ninth graders in the entire country.
Senior Jennifer Burks placed third in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 15.71 and sets a new school record in that race. She also ran a 46.82 in the 300-meter hurdles, placing fifth.
The 4×400-meter relay team of Zoe Mosedale, Tatum Whatford, Burks and Brosch finished seventh with a combined time of 4:17.79; and the 4×100-meter relay team of Kimberly Marquez, Kerry Norton, Lindsey Herring and Burks finished eighth with 54.74.
David Casaday represented the boys in the individual races. He ran a 41.20 in the 300-meter hurdles, 51.17 in the 400-meter dash and a 17.08 in the 100-meter hurdles, placing fifth, sixth and eighth respectively.
Casaday was part of the 4×400-meter relay along with Quinn Ritter, Harley Norton and Cory McCarthy who finished fifth with a combined time of 3:34.00.
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