Roundup: Warriors tracksters, Incline swimmers in action; Buchholz speeds to multiple wins; Barnwell wins scholarship
Whittell’s track and field athletes are ramping up competition, some with hopes of repeating as state champions.
Lady Warriors Anna White and Kyla Rippett both posted solid times in their respective sprint races Saturday, April 27, at the Big George Invitational at Douglas High School in Minden, Nevada.
White and Rippett are each defending 1A state champions and aren’t too far off the pace they set last year.
White, a senior, earned a pair of sixth-place finishes Saturday in the 200- and 400-meter runs and set the second and third fastest times this year, 28.18 and 1:07.62, respectively.
Her times are still a little off from when she claimed state title in both events last year as a junior.
Rippett, a junior, was fifth in the 200, eighth in the 100 and 10th in long jump.
Rippett is the defending champ in the 100 but set the fastest time this year in the 200, just a touch faster than White. Her 100 time (13.60 seconds) was second quickest this year.
Rippett has a personal best of 13.15 seconds in the 100 and her state winning time was 13.71.
Isaiah Womack is back on the track this year after playing baseball last season. With no baseball at Whittell this season, Womack is again competing in the 110-meter hurdles where he finished fourth in the state as a sophomore.
The senior earned seventh place in Minden with the second best time in 1A this year, 17.67, just one-hundreth behind the standard.
Junior Dylan Wade should be a strong challenger in the 200 and long jump when all is said and done this season.
Whittell next will compete Friday, May 3, at the Tahoe-Truckee Lake Meet at Truckee High School.
The Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association Northern Region Championships are the following week, Friday and Saturday, May 10-11, at Churchill County High School in Fallon, Nevada.
South Tahoe’s Buchholz adds pair of victories at Big George Invite
South Tahoe junior Carissa Buchholz added just her second and third race victories of the season Saturday, April 27, at the Big George Invitational, despite setting and resetting personal best times.
Buchholz, the defending state champion in the 800-, 1600-, and 3200-meter runs, won the two events she competed in Saturday, the 800 and 1600.
She ran a season’s best 2 minutes, 23.04 seconds and needed every bit of that to hold off Penelope Smerdon of Reno by .19 seconds.
Buchholz was 6 seconds short of her personal best in winning the 1600, again beating Smerdon, this time by over 4 seconds.
She holds the best times this year in the 800 and 1600 but is 2 seconds behind rival Rylie Lusk of Spring Creek.
Buchholz earned almost all the Lady Vikings points, 22, and the team finished eighth out of 16 scoring teams and 19 overall.
Zoe Brosch’s personal best throw of 92 feet, 11 inches in discus was enough to earn her seventh place and two points. Brosch was also 11th in shot put.
The Vikings will compete Friday, May 3, in the Tahoe-Truckee Lake Meet at Truckee High School.
Incline swimmers compete at Carson Valley
Incline swimmers despite being short in numbers, put up the best times against North Valleys and Fernley last weekend in the events they competed in at the Carson Valley Swim Center.
Ava Winter and Nika Ogden each earned first-place points, Winter in the 200-yard individual medley and 100 breaststroke, and Ogden in the 200 freestyle and 500 free.
Kaci Meyer finished right behind Ogden in the 200 free and followed Winter in the 100 breast.
The girls lost 107-41 to North Valleys and 106-43 to Fernley.
Nicholas Finne earned first place points against the same teams as the boys fell 38-16 and 129-12, respectively.
For the season, Winter has posted the seventh best time in the 100 breast across all 3A competitors in the northstate.
For the Incline boys, Jackson Manship has posted the sixth best time in the 50 free and the eighth quickest in the 100 free.
Whittell’s Barnwell wins Far West Grand Prix Scholarship
George Whittell High School senior Gunnar Barnwell earned the Grand Prix Far West Scholarship after dominating the series and accumulating the most points over 12 races.
Barnwell competed in just 10 races and had eight podiums and two other top 10 finishes and totaled 639 points, 245 more than the nearest competitor, and won the $1,800 award.
Barnwell plans to return to work all summer in Mt. Hood, Oregon so he can train for free and hopes to race for a club team in Steamboat Springs, Colorado and work his way onto a larger team. He fell short of qualifying for nationals this season due to academic obligations taking away from slope time and plans to qualify next year.