Whittell track delivers strong results at Northwest Invitational
RENO, Nev. — The Whittell track and field team shifted individual events at the Northwest Invitational, and still managed a successful showing. The Warriors delivered strong results in the meet held Saturday, April 16, at McQueen High.
“The team is small in numbers but big in heart, and they compete hard,” Warriors coach Phil Bryant said. “We still have a lot of room for improvement and hope to get it through the next few weeks.”
On the boys side at McQueen, freshman Isaiah Womack ran the 100 for the first time and turned in a 12.71, the fifth-best time in Div. IV. Womack also ran a 55.68 in the 400, second in Div. IV for the day — an event that Bryant believes might be his best.
“Isaiah is a strong runner, and in the next meets we are going to have to settle on where he will compete when we get to zone,” Bryant said. “He is also a strong hurdler, but has had some minor leg issues that have held him out of that for a while.”
Sophomore Nick Petty ran in both the 400 and 800 on the same day for the first time last Saturday and turned in personal bests in each event — including a 2:20.87 in the 800, 11 seconds faster than his previous top mark. Junior Kristian Landing also delivered personal bests in the 100 and 200.
The Warriors’ quartet of Womack, senior Aubrey Felton, junior Pierce Manchester and Petty turned in a time of 1:43.47 in the 4×200 relay to place first in their division. That time is currently second in Div. IV Northern Region.
Whittell’s girls also had a big day at the Northwest Invitational, led by strong performances in the 4×100 and 4×200 relay races. The team of freshman Shaylie Rippet, freshman Anna White, junior Samantha Forvilly and junior Michelle Barnes ran a 55.97 in the 4×100 (first in Div. IV) and a 2:00.05 in the 4×200 (second) with a pair of bad handoffs in the longer race.
Forvilly produced the top Div. IV time in the 300 hurdles Saturday, running a 54.14. In that event, she is currently second in her division in Northern Nevada.
Barnes and White finished third and fourth in the 100 at McQueen, despite not turning in their best times. Barnes ran a 29.27 in the 200, which was a half-second behind the top Div. IV mark.
In the distance events, sophomore Ojesa Kwong and senior Mary Sanchez each turned in improved times. Bryant said the duo is getting better each week.
The Warriors have two meets left prior to the Div. IV Northern Region championships, and are trying to set their events in preparation for the postseason. Bryant said Forvilly will likely run in the 400, and as a part of a 4×400 Whittell girls team — everything else is still being decided.
Whittell returns to action Saturday, April 30, in the Big George Invitational at Carson High (Carson City, Nev.). The Warriors conclude the regular season with the Fernley Invitational on Friday, May 6.