Whittell track returns to action at Big George Invitational; 10 compete at Douglas
MINDEN, Nev. — After a weekend off, the Whittell track and field team returned to action at the Big George Invitational last Saturday, April 30. Ten athletes competed for the Warriors in the meet at Douglas High, and the team showed continued progress with the postseason nearing.
“We are still rolling along and getting a little better,” Warriors coach Phil Bryant said. “All in all, it was a good meet for us and we continue to improve.”
Junior Michelle Barnes ran a season-best 13.74 in the 100 for Whittell’s girls team at Douglas to finish 10th overall. Bryant said the sprinter is capable of breaking 13 seconds in the event with more work on her starts.
Barnes also ran a 28.94 in the 200, a time expected to come down by regionals. She remains in the top three in Div. IV Northern Region in that event.
For the third time this season Saturday, junior Sammy Forvilly competed in the 300 hurdles. Forvilly ran the event in 53.26, and has the top time in the North in both that and the 400.
Down two runners, the Warriors’ girls fielded only a 4×100 team at Big George. The foursome of Barnes, Forvilly, junior Gigi Stetler and freshman Shaylie Rippet ran a 56.12 in the event. Stetler (15.40) and Rippett (15.41) also ran the 100.
On the boys side, sophomore Nick Petty cut six seconds off his time in the 800 by running a 2:15.10. Petty’s season-best mark is currently fourth in the region in Div. IV.
“Nick is finally realizing he is as good as any of the runners, and got right in with the leaders from the start,” Bryant said. “He finished second in his heat and is getting stronger and smarter as a runner.”
Freshman Isaiah Womack stayed in the top four in the 110 hurdles and top six in the 400 in Div. IV Northern Region with his performances at the invitational. According to Bryant, the versatile talent could compete in any track event at regionals — from the 100 to 1,600.
Whittell returns to action Friday, May 6, at the Fernley Invitational. The one-day event at Fernley High is the Warriors’ last regular season competition prior to regional and state meets.