Measly point deprives Warriors state meet berth
That was all that kept the Whittell Warrior harriers from earning a team berth to the Nevada 2A state meet.
“They couldn’t have run any better,” Warrior coach Brian Rippet said.
Only two points separated the third, fourth and fifth teams in the final standings. Carlin finished third with 92 points, Pyramid Lake was fourth (93), and the Warriors were left out in fifth with 94.
“It was more and more heartbreaking as I was adding up the points to see just how close we were to be going as a team,” Rippet said.
The key to the Warrior near trip to Boulder City was the much-improved running of Michael Chilton, who finished 22nd overall. His finishing time of 22:13 was one minute and 54 seconds better than his previous finshing time.
He was passed by another runner in the last four yards, which may have proved to be the difference.
“If we had passed one Carlin runner or someone else passed one Pyramid runner, we would have been in there,” Rippet said.
However, all was not lost for Whittell runners. Both Jarret Guajardo and Arlyle Shaw earned individual spots at the state meet.
Guajardo came in as the fifth individual finisher in 11th place overall (20:48) and beat Danny Young from Austin, who he hadn’t beat all season.
“I’m happy about going (to state), but I wish my my team was joining me there,” Guajardo said.
This year’s trip marks the second time in two years he’s going to the state meet.
Joining him is senior Arlyle Shaw, going for the third time in three years. She was the first individual qualifier to earn a berth as she finished in a time of 26:43.
“My goal was to stay with the Incline girls,” Shaw said. “They didn’t have any bearing on me because they were a full team, but I knew I had to stay with them.”
Shaw said she was pretty confident in her running because Whittell ran there just two weeks prior.
“The girls had a faster start than the last time,” Shaw said. “But after about 100 meters or so they fell off and it turned into a race similar to the first one.”
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