Warriors keep unbeaten track season going
After three meets in the track and field season, Whittell High School has left little doubt which school is the best in the state – and that includes Nevada Class 3A schools.
Whittell won its third straight meet without senior star Katrina Kacirek, holding off host Pahrump by three points on Saturday.
“We’ve never gone 3-0 to start the season,” said Whittell coach Brian Rippet. “We’re 44-0 (against teams in our meets) and we’ve defeated every 1A, 2A and 3A team in the state.
“It was really great to see different competition and see what the state level of competition will be a month and a half from now.”
Scores for the top girls’ teams were Whittell 1111Ú2 points, Pahrump 1081Ú2, Faither Lutheran 98 and Boulder City 88. Other 2A scores and places were White Pine, fourth, 401Ú2 points; Lincoln County, 11th, 19; and The Meadows, 15th, 41Ú2.
As usual, the Warriors had many girls contribute to their title in a 17-team field.
— Junior Kelly Karmann, who missed the previous meet, was second in shot put with a personal-best-tying throw of 32 feet, 4 inches and third in the discus at 94-1.
• Sophomore Krista Castro PR’d twice in a three-hour span in the 800 meters. She anchored the runner-up 4×800 relay team, running a personal-best 2-minute, 36-second leg. She was preceded by Jane MacKelvie, Sasha Rupp and Jordan Reeder as they combined for a second-place time of 10:56.4
“They were only 1 second away from the school record,” Rippet said. “To run that fast in March is amazing. It really portends good things for May.”
Castro didn’t get enough of the 800 meters, running it 21Ú2 hours later and still having the reserve to reset her personal record at 2:35.5. Her effort was good for fourth place.
“That’s unheard of to do it twice in one day,” Rippet said. “She’s such a determined young girl.”
• Freshman Sasha Rupp bettered her mile time by 19 seconds to finish third and shaved 29 seconds off her two-mile best with a fourth-place time of 13:00.7.
• Junior Jessica Woods placed second in the long jump at 16-0 and second in the high hurdles at 17.9.
• Seniors Meri Alys Johnson and Casey Brumbach finished second and fourth, respectively, in the 200 meters a week after Whittell went scoreless in the event. Brumbach and Woods also teamed with Mara Humbird and Natalie Daly to win the 4×100 relay in 53.0, while Johnson was second in the pole vault at 7-0 and second in the 400 meters (1:03.10).
“That was the turning point in the meet to have those big (200) points late,” Rippet said.
Rippet said Kacirek’s severely sprained ankle is starting to heal and that the team hopes to have her back at the end of next month.
Jeremy Worley, a senior, led the Whittell boys to a ninth-place finish by scoring in three events. Worley was fourth in the 3,200 meters (10:43.30), fifth in the 1,600 (5:03.30) and a member of the Warriors’ second-place 4×800 relay team (9:12.30). Worley, who ran a 2:09 leg, was joined on the relay by Tyson Guajardo, Otto Hsiao and Summy Fateyhar. Worley’s 1,600 time was 15 seconds better than his previous best this season.
Other highlights for the Whittell boys included Jake O’Malley placing seventh in the high jump at 5-6 and Guajardo coming in fifth in the 3,200 at 10:53.10.
Pahrump ran away with the boys’ meet with 1311Ú2 points.
Next up for the Warriors is a meet in Lovelock at 9 a.m. Saturday.
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