By Lukas Eggen Ely Times Staff Writer
The White Pine High School track team got an early look at some competition in Laughlin last weekend. With less than full teams on both the boys and girls sides, the Bobcats took two second place team finishes.
“We were happy with how the boys and girls teams did this weekend,” coach Justin Locke said.
The girls’ team, with just more than half its athletes traveling, was edged out by Laughlin by four points in the team competition. Lucy Fullmer took first place in the 100-meter and 300-meter hurdles while the girls four by 100-meter and four by 400-meter relay teams also took first. Autumn Lawrence, Shania Marques, Fullmer and Lydia Hutchinson comprised the four by 100 relay team while Caitlin Stanton, Brittany Bennett, Lawrence and Savannah Drew made up the four by 400 relay team.
“We feel very confident with the chances of our girls’ team to win their division meet this year and to compete for a state championship,” Locke said. “Laughlin fielded its full team at this meet and we only brought a little more than half our girls.”
On the boys’ side, Laughlin again took the team championship, letting the Bobcats know exactly which team will be standing in its way come Divisions later this spring.
“We know we have our work cut out for us,” Locke said. “Laughlin looks very strong again this year and we will be slugging it out with them the whole year going into divisions,” Locke said.
Among the highlights included a first place finish for Jarrett Gubler in the 800-meter run and a first place finish by Dee Fullmer in the 110-meter high hurdles.
“All together we feel very good about the first meet and let the kids know that even thought it’s nice to get medal and win a meet as a team, we let them know we will be heading into meets that will be a lot bigger and have more competition as well,” Locke said.
Bigger meets and more competition mean it can be easy for the athletes to lose track of their own progress. But Locke said coaches are letting them know that the only thing that matters right now is how each athlete is improving compared to their previous mark.
“We want to let them know that they only need to measure their success on how they are improving their own marks and times. If they continue to work hard and show individual improvement, that’s all we can as for as a coaching staff.
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