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WHS tracksters peaking at preferred time

Results don’t lie, and the way the Whittell High track and field team is performing during the latter half of the season it’s not too outrageous to expect a handful of zone titles this weekend in Yerington.

Whittell comes into the Nevada 3A Division II zone meet following the boys’ sixth-place and girls’ ninth-place performances at the The Meadows’ 20-team meet last Saturday in Las Vegas.

“I’m really pleased. It has really come together,” said Whittell first-year coach Brian Rippet. “The trip south was a nice bonding experience for our team, and it’s psyched them up for competing at zone.



“I’ve been thinking about zone for weeks. For the boys, we could finish anywhere from fourth or first if they really dig deep and go for it.”

In sweltering 95-degree heat and swirling winds, Kim McGlothlin led the Warriors in Las Vegas by sweeping first place in the 1,600 and 3,200 meters. McGlothlin finished the 1,600 in 5 minutes, 57.5 seconds and then capped her unbeaten day by winning the 3,200 in 14:43.8.




“She beat the conditions and the competition,” Rippet said.

McGlothlin accounted for all 20 of Whittell’s points since four-event star Erin Zaskoda was busy competing in the Yerington Relays.

Whittell’s boys opened the meet in record fashion, as the 4×800 relay team chopped 10 seconds off the school mark. Argenis Flores, Nick Gant, Jarret Guajardo and Ben Johnson came in fourth with their record time of 9:21.2.

Multi-talented junior Luke Forvilly continued his improvement in the 100-meter dash. Forvilly was runner-up in the 100 at 11.5.

“He’s really starting to peak, which is a good sign for us,” Rippet said. “He came on the last 30 meters and pulled himself out of fourth and into a solid second. Earlier in the season he didn’t have the stamina to hold his speed through the whole race. Now his speed lasts through the finish line. He’s getting better starts, too.”

Forvilly also scored seventh-place points in the long jump (19-8) and 100 high hurdles (16.5).

Also scoring points for the Warriors were the fifth-place 4×200 relay team of Joel Warnick, Chauncey Lane, Jon Nunnally and Nick Gant, whom produced a season-best 1:41.6 time; the fifth-place 4×400 relay team of Gant, Flores, Johnson and Nunnally, whom PR’d at 3:54.3; Warnick, seventh in high jump, 5-8; and Johnson, eighth in the 800 meters, 2:12.4.

Also delivering PRs for Rippet were Nick Lowe (27.9), Matt Johnson (29.7) and Casey Wright (35.1) in the 200 meters.

Zone opens with half of the field events and qualifying heats for running events Friday at 3:30 p.m. at Yerington High. Finals for field events start at 9 a.m. Saturday, and running finals begin at 10 a.m.

McGlothlin and the Zaskoda sisters – Erin and Shelly – are being counted on to deliver the bulk of the girls points at zone.

“We’re looking for Erin to score in all four of her individual events. I can’t say enough about her. She’s an absolute competitor at all times,” Rippet said. “Kim has been undefeated against the league in the 1,600 and 3,200, so she should put together a couple of good races. And Shelly should be in the top 5 in triple jump and top 8 in the long jump.”

Warnick and the relay teams may hold the keys to Whittell’s boys title chances. While the consistent Forvilly and Lane are expected to score the bulk of the points, precious additional points could come from Warnick and the relays.

“Joel, Chauncey and Luke are the big three that we really rely on,” Rippet said. “But Joel has had some meets where he’s scored 20 points and others where he scored three. If he could score 20, that would be a key for us.”

Rippet also feels good about filling all four boys relay teams.

“For those relays you just have to get the baton around the track and you’ll score some points,” he said.


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