WHS in the running for state titles
Whittell High’s nearly came away with a pair of Northern 2A regional cross country titles last Friday.
The Warriors placed three runners in the top 10 in both the boys and girls’ races to finish runner-up to Sage Ridge at the championships in Independence. The performances enabled both Warrior teams to qualify for this Saturday’s state championships in Boulder City.
“I was really pleased with that, but going in the kids wanted to get Sage Ridge … they beat us one week and we’d beat them the next,” said Whittell coach Lindsay Wines. “The kids were pleased but a little disappointed that they fell short.”
Only the top three teams advanced to the state meet.
Behind fifth-place finisher Christina Arana, seventh-place Kristen Kline and 10th-place Danielle Daly, the Whittell girls only trailed Sage Ridge by 11 points at the finish, 27-38. Arana’s time in the 5K race was 24:42, while Kline and Daly came in at 25:05 and 27:25, respectively.
Wells’ Rachael Rily won the girls’ race in 23:32 and Virginia City’s Erin Breithaupt was runner-up at 23:58.
Two of Whittell’s younger racers performed well. Freshman Jane MacKelvie came in 12th place while sophomore Claire McLeod was 14th.
“They both have been running really well for us,” Wines said.
Meanwhile, the boys were even closer to Sage Ridge, losing by nine points.
Jeremy Worley led the Warriors with a fourth-place effort, running the 5K in 19:17. Worley was only 33 seconds behind winner Alex Carpenter of Sage Ridge.
Sage Ridge swept the top three places, making it difficult for the Warriors to overcome.
Tyson Guajardo of Whittell was seventh in 20:01 and teammate Chris Craig came in at 20:11.
Whittell last won the girls’ state title in 2002, while the boys haven’t claimed state since 1980.
Racing begins with the 2A girls’ championship at 10 a.m. Saturday at Veteran’s Memorial Park in Boulder City. The rest of the schedule has the 3A girls going at 10:40 a.m., 4A girls at 11:20 a.m., 2A boys at 12:30 p.m., 3A boys at 1:10 p.m. and 4A boys at 1:50 p.m.
“On both sides our kids are definitely capable of doing very well this next weekend. I’m excited to see what is gonna happen,” Wines said.
Wines hopes to avoid running in the snow and training inside Kahle Community Center like last week.