White Pine Track and Field Performs Well Despite Missing Several Athletes

By Lukas Eggen Ely Times Staff Writer

The White Pine High School track and field team battled some bigger competition and less than ideal weather conditions, traveling to the Buhl meet and Eureka meet last week.

Autumn Lawrence and Shania Marques performed strongly at Buhl. Lawrence took first in the 100-meters, third in the 400-meters and sixth in the 200-meter run. Marques took second in the high jump.

For the boys, Jarett Gubler took sixth in the high jump while Carl Henze took seventh in the high jump and eighth in the triple jump.

“I thought it was a prettty good week overall,” coach Jutin Locke said. “It’s always nice to go see some other competition. The weather has not been our friend this year and the Buhl meet showed that again. The wind was horrible the entire day.”

At Eureka, White Pine brought only 18 athletes, but the girls took first out of six teams while the boys finished third out of seven.

Taylor Pickens (1600, 3200-meters), Austin Garza (3200- meters), Lucy Cullmer (100-meter hurdles, high jump), Brittany Bennnett (300-meter hurdles), Gubler (high jump, 200-meters), Hannah Marich (triple jump), Larence (100, 200-meters) and Caitlin Stanton (800-meters) all took first place for White Pine.

With three meets left in the season, Locke is hoping the team can get healthy for the first time.

“I hope to get some continuity and stability with the track team to finish out the season,” Locke said. “I don’t think we have brought our whole team to any one track meet this year. With injuries, other school activities and kids just being sick, I have been impressed with the kids’ attitudes throughout all of this misfortune. They continue to get better every week and work hard.”

White Pine high school and middle school will be hosting a track meet next Friday and Saturday.

The school is looking for volunteers to help run the meet. Please call Justin Locke at 293 -0974 for more information.

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