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Whittell’s first home track meet a success

Both teams cruise to win over rival Incline

By Jeremy Evans

Tribune staff writer



Whittell’s first home track meet of the season – and possibly its first home meet ever – turned out to be a successful one for the Warriors.

Natalie Rastello set the school record in the pole vault to lead the girls to a 80-28 victory over rival Incline, then Dan Allen set a personal-best mark of 105 feet in the discus to lead the boys to a 69-54 on Wednesday in Zephyr Cove.



“It was great to actually have a home meet, even though it was on a dirt track,” said Whittell coach Brian Rippet, who, along with other sources, mentioned this was likely the program’s first home meet in school history. “We had to do a lot of work to be able to use that track. Our problem is we run out of season by the time we can ever get the track ready. So it was nice to have it ready for our rival.”

Rastello’s mark of 7 feet, 3 inches was several inches better than Meri Johnson’s mark of 7 feet at a meet earlier this year. Johnson reached the same height against the Highlanders, and Rastello said there is a good-natured rivalry brewing with her teammate.

“We’re good friends about it, but lately she’s been doing a lot better than me,” Rastello said. “We keep each other motivated to do the best we can.”

Junior Kelly Karmann won the high jump (4 feet, 6 inches), shot put (30 feet, 4 inches) and discus (98 feet). Jessica Woods won the 100-meter hurdles (19.1 seconds), long jump (15 feet, 4 inches) and ran a leg on the winning 4×100 relay team that took first in a time of 56.1 seconds.

Casey Brumbach won the 100-meter dash (13.8 seconds) and also ran a leg on the 4×100 relay team. Johnson and Mara Humbird were the other two members of the relay team.

In addition to his winning the shot put, Allen also took second in the shot put (36 feet, 5 inches). Casey Kaleta and Zack Witt both ran strong legs in leading the Warriors’ 4×200 relay team to a first-place finish (1:44.74). Jake O’Malley and Ian MacKelvie ran the first and second legs of the race.

David Sabistina won the 110 hurdles (19.9) and Witt took second (20.6).

Whittell travels to the Lowry Invitational on Saturday before competing in the Northern 2A Regional Meet the following weekend in Yerington.

Katrina Kacirek, who has missed most of the track season with an injury, is scheduled to run a leg of a relay race this weekend in Winnemucca. Justin Jordon, the team’s top pole vaulter from last season, will also return from a knee injury suffered in January.

“It’s almost been like three seasons for us,” said Rippet, whose girls’ team is the defending 2A state champion. “We had the good start, but then we had the really bad weather and the kids were on vacation with spring break. Now it feels like we’re starting to get it back together again.”

Truckee softball stops Whittell

Abby Kingman’s two-run single in the top of the first inning gave the Warriors a 2-0 lead, but Truckee scored the next 15 runs as it cruised to a 15-2 nonleague win Wednesday in Truckee. The game was called in the fifth inning because of the 10-run mercy rule.

Kingman led the Warriors offensively by going 2 for 3, while Megan Esquivel and Courtney Fields both went 1 for 2. Whittell (5-10) finishes the regular season with a Northern 2A doubleheader on Friday at Lovelock.

Truckee baseball blanks WHS

The Wolverines had five different players hit home runs and handed Whittell baseball coach Don Amaral his worst defeat in eight years with a 17-0 nonleague win Wednesday in Truckee. The game ended in the fifth inning because of the 10-run mercy rule.

Truckee, which lost to South Tahoe 7-6 on Monday in South Lake Tahoe, recorded 19 hits and its pitching staff didn’t give up a hit to the Warriors. It was the first time in seven years the Warriors have gone without a hit in a game.

Whittell (9-11) concludes the regular season with a Northern 2A doubleheader on Friday at Lovelock.


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