State success: Whittell’s Snyder, girls 4×100 relay team bring home Div. IV titles |

State success: Whittell’s Snyder, girls 4×100 relay team bring home Div. IV titles

Anthony Gentile
Whittell sophomore Cole Snyder stands atop the podium after successfully defending his title in the 3,200 at the Div. IV state championships last Saturday at Del Sol High.
Courtesy Greg Briggs |

LAS VEGAS — The Whittell track and field team took to the track at the Div. IV state championships last weekend — and left the meet with serious hardware. Sophomore Cole Snyder won the 1,600 and 3,200 distance races and the Warriors’ girls 4×100 relay team finished first by more than a second to deliver three state titles in the two-day meet at Del Sol High.

Snyder qualified for state in three events and produced career-best times in each en route to a pair of state championships. The sophomore won the 1,600 last Friday by more than five seconds with a time of 4:51.53, his first title in the event.

The following day, Snyder defended his crown in the 3,200 by a wide margin — he ran a 10:28.77 to take last event of the meet by 23 seconds. Snyder opened the second day of state with a fourth-place finish in the 800 (2:08.54).

Whittell’s girls 4×100 relay team also finished atop the podium in Las Vegas. The quartet of senior Aisha Ceron, sophomore Michelle Barnes, sophomore Samantha Forvilly and senior Lauren George won Friday’s race with a time of 55.24.

Those same four raced for Whittell in the girls 4×200 relay last Saturday, placing second by running a 1:57.32. In the 4×400 relay last Friday, the foursome of Forvilly, Barnes, George and senior Keatzia Aldana were disqualified.

Forvilly produced the Warriors’ top individual finish on the girls side in Las Vegas, taking third in the 400 last Saturday with a season-best time of 1:04.52. Barnes ran in the 100 last Friday, and took eighth with a time of 15.40.

On the boys side, Whittell sent its 4×400 relay team to state despite finishing sixth at regionals. The Warriors’ team of junior Andy Delgado, sophomore Kristian Landing, senior Rudy Mata and junior Gabe Rusk finished eighth in Saturday’s race with a time of 4:06.96.

The Warriors finished in the top 10 on both sides in the final team standings despite taking limited numbers to the state meet. Whittell’s girls scored 25 points to finish eighth while the Warriors’ boys finished with 26 points to place ninth — Spring Mountain (Las Vegas) took home the boys title with Sierra Lutheran capturing the girls crown.

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