Warriors have lofty track goals
If the Whittell High track and field team comes close to recreating any of last year’s performances, the athletes and coaches may want to make reservations now for the Nevada 3A state meet in May.
Four Warrior individual zone title winners and one relay team zone winner are back for track. In addition, there are 17 total returners and 19 newcomers.
It adds up to endless possibilities for second-year coach Dan Makley.
“They’re all preparing themselves the best they can and they have that same work ethic they had last year,” said Makley, whose team has yet to practice on a track. “We don’t know very much right now. We’ve been running around the halls and the parking lot. But if we’re going to be good, we’ll know by the middle of April.”
Junior Sarah Sufka is the most successful returner, back to defend her zone 400 and 800 titles. Junior Bob Linkul won the discus, while senior Jordan Trim took the 400 and junior Karin Kaleta won the high jump. Nichole Wassan shared in the 1,600 relay zone title.
“(Sufka, Linkul and Trim) look like they’re picking up where they left off. It’s real hard to say, but I expect all three of them to go back to state,” Makley said.
As for the rest of the eager Warriors, the coach hopes performance breeds success.
“It’s really not us against anybody. It’s us against perfection. How close can these kids come to the perfect race or the perfect throw. That’s the attitude I’m trying to get them to take,” he said. “We’ve got quite a few freshmen, so that’s a good sign. And there’s a couple of new seniors who could be good. I don’t know where they’ve been hiding.”
The Warriors hope to begin finding themselves at the season’s opening meet in Fernley on Saturday, where as many as 20 teams will hit the track for the first time.
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