White Pine opens track season

White Pine High won its fifth consecutive 2A girls track and field championship in 2017. Pershing County was runner up. On the boys side, the Bobcats tied with Lincoln County for the championship, both with 130 points.

This year, Lily Fullmer returns to defend her championships in the 300 meter hurdles and Triple Jump. She holds the 2A state record in the 300-meter hurdles at 46.68 which she set in the state meet.

Senior Hannah Barber has been in the state meet in the 100-meters the past three years. She placed fifth in the event last year. Madison Rick for the Bobcats finished second in state in the event. Barber and Rick were part of two relay teams that placed third in the state meet helping elevate the Ladycats to the title.

On the boys side, coach Justin Locke said, “Saxtyn Brewster was the state triple jump champion and second place in the high jump.  We’ll see what he can do for us in the 100 and 200 meter sprints as well this year.” Phoenix Ball and Adam Theurer were right behind in the high jump, tied for third place.“We were pretty senior-heavy on the boys team last year led by Sam Stewart who won three events at the state meet, 800, 1600 and 3200-meters.”Locke noted the boys sophomore class has some good athletes. “Kincade Waggener has the potential to be like Stewart someday. Zeke Vinson will be strong in the long iump and in middle distance running. Adam Theurer was a pole vaulter and also a runner.  Gavin Henroid, a hurdler, and Phoenix Ball is a sprinter as well as in high jump and long jump.”Locke said, with the success we have had the past several years, “We have seen an increase in the number of athletes coming out for track. We’ve got the most kids I’ve ever had in my six years coaching. I’m happy with our numbers, we definitely have the competition to defend both of our state titles. (Co-state champion) Lincoln County in our southern division on the boys side will be strong again I expect.”In the Northern division, North Tahoe will be a strong team again. North Tahoe was third in the girls state meet and fifth in the boys state meet.

Locke said, “We’re kind of young with talent as there are a lot of new faces on both the boys and girls side, including several from each class who have come out as first-year athletes for us. Morale is pretty high to start the season, even though we are not as senior laden as we have been in previous years.”He added, “Yet, I believe we will continue to be strong in the field events on the boys and girls sides.”“I have a great coaching staff well experienced in specific areas, Doug Fullmer, Darin Stewart and Roman Mariani will be the assistants.

The Bobcats open the season Friday at the Bulldog Early Bird Invitational in Mesquite.

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