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White Pine is biggest threat to Whitttell state repeat

Last year, Whittell High School ran away with its first Nevada 2A state girls’ track and field championship.

After qualifying 23 individuals and four relay teams for state last week, the Warriors are in solid position to repeat that title. But to defend on Friday and Saturday in Reno, the Warriors will have to look out for last year’s state runner-up White Pine.

White Pine, the Southern regional champs, qualified four more individuals to state than the Warriors. Whittell finished 104 points ahead of White Pine at the 2005 state meet.

“It should be a good battle. Honestly, we have more medalist possibilities, but they’ll have more kids out there, so it should be interesting,” said Whittell coach Brian Rippet.

Whittell’s Jessica Woods is the defending champion in the 100 hurdles and long jump. Senior Katrina Kacirek won’t be able to defend her title in the triple jump after an ankle injury kept her out of all but last week’s regionals.

At regionals, Kacirek finished third in the long jump and anchored the victorious 4×100 relay team.

“I thought she might be out the whole season, but she worked hard in therapy,” Rippet said. “We were just happy that she was able to compete individually and get that relay back together.”

Speaking of relays, the Warriors won all four of them last week and should pose as a serious threat to top last year’s three state titles in the relays.

For the Whittell boys, who finished third at regionals, Jeremy Worley is the team’s most productive athlete going into state. In a 45-minute span at regionals Worley won the 800 in a personal-best time of 2 minutes, 5.79 seconds and the demanding 3,200 meters.

“I’m really excited,” Worley said. “There’s a lot I did really well in at zone and this is the last meet of my high school career.”

He should have twice as much time between the two races Friday.

At last year’s state meet, he finished third in the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 and ran a leg of the third-place 4×800 relay team.

Worley is confident he can top those performances and break a school record in the process.

“I’d like to get first place in the 800 and we’ll see how I do in the 2 mile,” Worley said. “The school record is 10:14, and my season best is 10:29. I know I’m capable of it, it’s just a matter of doing it.”

Weekly 10-mile solitary runs have helped him late in the season, giving him stamina he didn’t have earlier in the year.

“I didn’t think it was working, but once I stopped doing them the last two weeks I’ve really noticed in the last three laps of a race I’m not as fatigued as I normally am,” he said.

Action starts at 2 p.m. today at Reno High School and resumes Saturday at 9 a.m. Reno High is located at 395 Booth Street.

Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students. Children age 7 and younger will be admitted free.

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