Whittell needs charter bus for state track qualifiers
Not even strong winds and a dust storm could keep the Whittell High track and field team from sending 28 competitors to the state meet this week in Henderson, Nev.
On both Friday and Saturday the Warriors were battling the elements in Yerington, but still qualified 18 boys and 10 girls.
“It was one of the most incredible days in Whittell track history, with the exception of 1988,” Warrior coach Brian Rippet said.
Of the eight events on Friday, the Warriors won five and finished second in two others.
Luke Forvilly won three events on the opening day and started by taking the long jump with a personal-best leap of 21 feet 2 1/4 inches. He also won the 200 meters with another personal-best 22.88 seconds, surpassing his old mark of 23.1, and winning the 110 high hurdles in 15.85.
On Saturday, Forvilly suffered an upset in the 100-meter dash. As a favorite to win the event, the senior breezed to 11.2 in the preliminary heat in the morning, but finished only third in the afternoon with a time of 11.51.
“His time in the morning would have been good enough to win the event,” Rippet said.
Also qualifying for state on the boys side in the long jump were Mike Ingenluyff (fourth with 17-10) and Chauncey Lane (third with a personal-best 18-10 3/4).
The boys 4×800 relay team buried the rest of the competition by racing to a 9:00.8 time. The quartet of Jarrett Guajardo, Brian Beebee, Casey Lee and Ben Johnson all ran about four seconds better than their previous best.
In the high jump, Lee set a new league standard for the year with a leap of 6-1 and Joel Warnick was third with a jump of 5-8.
Warnick and Lee also qualified as members of the 4×200 relay team. They’ll join Ben Johnson and Matt Johnson as third-place finishers with a time of 4:38.63.
Lee and Ben Johnson qualified for the 400 meters with a second- and third-place finishes, respectively.
In the triple jump, Lane was third with a leap of 36-7 1/2, while Guajardo was sixth with a personal best of 34-4.
Joey Ilk qualified in the shot put with a toss of 40 1/2, good enough for fourth.
“He was throwing with all arm. If we can get him to use his body more, then he should be in the top three at state,” Rippet said.
Competing in the pole vault for the first time in 10 years, the Warriors will send a vaulter to Henderson.
Kyle Bellotti was fourth with a vault of nine feet, while Phil Bowman and Chase Bartholomew were fifth and sixth, respectively. Max Glasson was seventh with a vault of 7-6.
The other relay team for the Warriors to qualify was the 4×100 with Warnick, Matt Johnson, Ingenluyff and Lane. The quartet finished second with a season-best time of 46.17.
In the 400, Lee was third (2:06) and Ben Johnson was fifth (2:12), while the 4×400 relay finished in 4:02 and featured Beebee, Guajardo, Justin Alexander and Matt Johnson.
Hayley Shaw won the 2 mile with a personal best of 14:21.17, while Jackie Laurian was fourth with a personal best of 14:53 and Ally Van Deusen was fifth with a personal best of 15:17.
Three Warriors made it into the finals of the 100 with Stacey Graham taking fourth (15.09), Courtney Greenwood fifth (15:32) and Denise Gonzalez finishing in seventh (15.59).
Shellie Zaskoda was fifth in the triple jump with a leap of 27-2 and was fourth in the 300 hurdles with a personal best of 61.31.
Van Deusen took sixth in the 800 with a mark of 3:01, while the 4×400 team was fourth. Jannette Bak, Van Deusen, Abby Lane and Gonzalez finished in 5:15.8.
The 4×800 relay team of Bak, Laurian, Van Deusen and Shaw finished third with a season-best mark of 12:08 and the 4×200 team of Lane, Graham, Nicole Jurzinski and Greenwood was fourth with a time of 2:09.17.
Shaw finished second in the mile with a personal-best time of 6:24, while Laurian was fifth with a time of 6:38.
Bak was third in the 400 with a personal best of 72.89 and Lane was fifth with a personal best of her own (76.41).
All in all, the Warriors took home 52 medals, needing three bags to collect them. And if things continue this way, they’ll bring home some more from the state meet.
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