Whittell track produces strong results at Div. IV State championships, shows potential for future | TahoeDailyTribune.com

Whittell track produces strong results at Div. IV State championships, shows potential for future

Anthony Gentile
agentile@tahoedailytribune.com
Whittell junior Michelle Barnes (left) takes off out of the block next to Sierra Lutheran’s Aleyna Gilson in the 100 at the Div. IV State championships on Friday, May 20, at Carson High.
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CARSON CITY, Nev. — At the Div. IV State championships, the Whittell track and field team produced strong performances while showing the potential for future success. The Warriors capped their season in the two-day meet at Carson High last weekend, May 20-21, led by athletes who still have time left in the program.

“We had some outstanding performances from several individuals and even the relays,” Warriors coach Phil Bryant said. “As I look back over the entire season, I think the biggest thing we accomplished was establishing a stronger work ethic and a tremendous future outlook.”

On the girls side, junior sprinter Michelle Barnes led the way with medals in both the 100 and 200. Barnes took third in the 100 with a time of 13.75 and fourth in the 200 by running a 28.94.

Freshman sprinter Anna White continued to establish herself as a future threat with a strong showing in the 200. White ran to a third-place finish with a time of 28.61. Bryant said she and Barnes are expected to be at the top of their events next season.

“The biggest thing we accomplished was establishing a stronger work ethic and a tremendous future outlook.”Phil Bryant Warriors coach

Whittell’s 4×100 girls relay team of Barnes, White, junior Samantha Forvilly and freshman Shaylie Rippet came into the state meet as the favorites, but was slowed by a slight miscue on a handoff. That foursome was unable to defend the team’s crown in the event, running to a second-place finish with a time of 54.75.

Forvilly produced a pair of top-four individual finishes over the weekend. She took third in the 300 hurdles (52.22) and fourth in the 400 (1:08.33).

“Sammy can be faster in both events,” Bryant said. “As we were walking off the track, she already talked about targeting major improvement in each.”

Whittell’s 4×800 girls relay team of Forvilly, White, Rippett and sophomore Ojesa Kwong took third in the event, but its effort was wiped away with a disqualification. A judgment error on the final exchange by less than a foot negated the result, which Bryant said would have been the foursome’s best mark by nearly 40 seconds.

In boys’ action, handoff errors similarly kept the Warriors from delivering strong results in the sprinting relays. The quartet of senior Aubrey Felton, junior Pierce Manchester, sophomore Nick Petty and freshman Isaiah Womack was sixth in the 4×200 relay (1:40.22) and seventh in the 4×100 race (49.08).

“I was really proud of their effort,” Bryant said. “None of them are what you would call sprinting threats, but they really work hard and never quit.”

Womack was the Warriors’ only individual competitor on the boys’ side, and he took third in the 110 hurdles with a time of 17.64. Womack worked with South Tahoe coach Jake Hurwitz and hurdles coach Syd Brown during the past two weeks, and improvements on the track and in the blocks led to strong results at the end of the season.

“Isaiah will win both the 110 and 300 hurdles next year,” Bryant said. “He has that much ability.”

Whittell’s girls team scored 36 points and the Warriors’ boys totaled 11 at the two-day championships. For the second straight year, Spring Mountain (Las Vegas) won the boys championship while Sierra Lutheran captured the girls title.

Bryant signed up to coach the Whittell track team just before its 2016 season, and the Warriors made strides throughout the campaign. He was joined during the season by assistant coach Ian Allen.

“We had fun this year and will do it again next year,” Bryant said. “I’m looking forward to it.”


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