Whittell tracksters break state record; earn several regional titles
ZEPHYR COVE, Nev. — Whittell athletes are riding a wave of momentum into state after breaking a Nevada record and winning eight individual championships last weekend, May 10-11, at the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association Class 1A/2A/3A Northern Region Track and Field Championships in Fallon.
Kyla Rippett and Anna White each won two individual events, Isaiah Womack added one and all three were on winning relays.
Rippett, the defending 1A state champion in the 100-meter dash, stayed on pace to repeat and also became a threat to be the best in Nevada in long jump.
She claimed the 100 title in 13.55 seconds and jumped a distance of 15 feet, 5.75 inches. Rippett also earned second place in the 200, finishing right behind senior teammate White.
White is the defending state champion in the 200 and 400 and won both events in Fallon. Her 400 time (1 minute, 2.27 seconds) was her best this season and it was the third straight year for her to claim the title.
White and Rippett teamed with Ava Campbell and Rebecca Petty to claim another title in the 4×200 relay and set a state record in the process with a time of 1:50.84. That time is about 8 seconds faster than any other recorded this season.
Olivia Craig, Lila Humlick, Andrea Smith and Genesis Alvarez added another first place for Whittell by claiming the 4×800 relay.
Alvarez also finished fifth in the 3200 and qualified for the state meet.
The top five individuals in each event are qualified to compete Friday and Saturday, May 17-18, in the NIAA State Track & Field Championships at Desert Oasis High School in Las Vegas.
Womack grabbed first place in the 110 hurdles and came in second in the 300 hurdles. He set personal bests in both events.
Womack finished the shorter race in 17.09 seconds and the longer in 45.04, less than a second behind the winner.
Womack also teamed with Jack White, Gunnar Barnwell and Dylan Wade to win the 4×100 relay and finish second in the 4×200.
Wade finished sixth in the 200.
As a team, the Lady Warriors finished in third place with 101 points, behind Eureka (156.5) and Wells (122) while the boys came in fourth with 51 points.