Whittell team heads to zone
There is no “me” on the track and field team at Whittell High.
Going into this weekend’s Northern Nevada 3A zone trials and finals, the only thing the Warriors wanted to talk about during Wednesday afternoon’s practice was how well the team has done.
“Everyone is working so hard and giving it all they’ve got. That’s the biggest deal on this team,” said sophomore discus tosser Bob Linkul.
Linkul will compete as one of the up-and-coming platter tossers in the league, having improved his season-best by more than 25 feet. But getting Linkul to talk about his individual outlook is like trying to get a hockey goalie to take credit for a teammate’s four-goal effort.
“Yeah, it’s going to be a big meet. But it’s great how everyone is trying to do their best and working as hard as they can. There’s no ‘I’ on this team,” he said.
And his attitude doesn’t stand alone. Ask any of the Warriors about the pending zone meet and they’ll undoubtedly begin with, “Have you seen so-and-so?”
“We have the greatest team. Everyone is so supportive of each other. We’ve got great coaches and everyone is working their hardest,” said sophomore do-all Sarah Sufka.
Added Whittell coach Dan Makley, “These guys are all business. They’re a great team.”
For the most part, track is an individual sport and Sufka has the opportunity to lead the list of individual results. While she’ll compete on the defending zone champion 400-meter relay squad with Skye McEntire, Ali Tanner and Megan Glasson, the school-record holder in the 800 will look to pull off a tough double – the open 400 and 800 events.
“Sarah is the hardest-working person I’ve ever come across. She never misses a practice or an interval at practice and never complains. She deserves to succeed,” said Makley, who will also enter Sufka in the 1,600 relay with McEntire, Ashley McClure and Nicole Wasson.
The Warriors will field a long list of athletes with the potential to survive Friday’s qualifying rounds and advance to Saturday’s finals. The top two in each event after Saturday continue to the state finals in Las Vegas on May 23.
Jordan Trim will look to run in the low 50-second range in the open 400. Mark Witte comes in as the third-best triple and long jumper. McEntire will defend her zone title in the long jump as well as leap in the triple. Zack Denson sits at No. 3 in the 300 hurdles. Karin Kaleta is among five girls who will sky in the high jump.
“They’re prepared. I expect everyone to give their best performances of the year. If they do that, we should get some good results,” Makley said.
The zone finals begin with the fields events at 8 a.m. Saturday at Reed High in Sparks.
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