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Warriors finish fourth at Fernley meet

Even though Whittell High was missing six key performers, the Warriors still finished fourth overall and first among Nevada 2A teams in a girls’ track and field meet Saturday in Fernley.

Five-time defending 3A champion Spring Creek won the girls’ meet with 164 points on a rainy, chilly and windy day. Whittell was fourth with 69 points, while Northern 2A League foe Battle Mountain was sixth with 46, Hawthorne eighth with 32, Lovelock ninth with 24 and Silver Stage 11th with 16.

“My first year we scored three points at this meet, so getting in the 60s was impressive,” said Whitell coach Brian Rippet.



Whittell was without Kelly Karmann, Casey Brumbach, Jessica Woods, Christina Richardson, Jordon Reeder and Jackie Marino, who collectively accounted for more than 100 points at the previous meet. Whittell started spring break on Saturday.

Katrina Kacirek led the Warriors by winning the triple jump with a 33-foot, 6-inch effort. Kacirek was more than 3 feet ahead of runner-up Julie Bunch of Battle Mountain, even though she made only one attempt because of soreness.



The junior also was second in the long jump at 14-11 and runner-up in the 100-meter dash at 14.0 seconds as competitors were forced to run into a strong headwind.

Kacirek joined forces with Christina Arana, Meri Johnson and Natalie Daly to finish third in the 4×100 relay in 58.1. Battle Mountain was .1 behind in fourth place.

Despite the absences, the Warriors showed their team depth as Johnson, Krista Castro, Alana Lee, Kristin Kline and Danielle Daly provided points.

Johnson was fifth in the 400 meters (70.7), eighth in the 200 (31.2) and seventh in high jump (4-4).

Leading the distance runners was Castro, who scored in three events: 4×800 relay, third, 12:45.4; sixth in 1,600 meters (6:40.2) and fourth in the 3,200 meters (15:34). Lee, Kline and Danielle Daly also contributed to the third-place relay performance.

Whittell swept fourth through seventh places in the 3,200. Following Castro in fourth was Lee in 15:38; Kline in 16:08 and Danielle Daly in 17:12.

Race officials prematurely pulled the top three 3,200 runners off the track after seven laps.

“They ran the boys and girls together, so it was a bit confusing, except to the coach – me – who was screaming for his girls to close on those ahead,” Rippet said. “Otherwise, Krista and Alana likely would have finished in the top 3 and medaled.”

Senior Kristin Karmann led the throwers, placing sixth in the shot put with a season-best 30-7.

Meanwhile, the Whittell boys finished eighth out of 18 teams, scoring 28 points. Dayton was first with 128 points and Silver Stage was the top 2A representative in fourth place with 64 points.

Jeremy Worley of Whittell scored in both the 800 and 3,200 meters. He was fifth in the 3,200 (12:12) and seventh in the 800 (2:28), making some calculated decisions to combat strong headwinds.

“He smartly tucked in behind runners while running into the wind and passed with the breeze behind him,” Rippet said.

Between his races, Worley recorded a personal best 5-4 in the high jump to finish seventh.

Three Warriors scored in the 110 hurdles with David Sabistina placing third in 19.7, Matt Andrew fourth in 22.6 and Zack Witt sixth in 24.7.

Chris Craig finished eighth in the 100 meters (12.84) and was among five pole vault competitors in contention when it was cancelled due to high winds.

Whittell’s next meet is April 9 at Reed High in Sparks.


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