As Justin Locke walked the sidelines of his track and field team’s most recent meet in West Wendover, he overheard a comment that couldn’t help but make him feel proud.
“I heard someone say ‘It seems like there is a White Pine girl taking every heat,’” Locke said. “The thing is, they were right.”
The White Pine High School girls track team finished first in nine events and made the podium in 15 of the 17 events at the meet.
Freshman Lily Fullmer had a breakout performance in the hurdles, taking first place in both the 100 and 300 meter events. The freshman said she entered the races nervous because her sister, Lucy Fullmer, wasn’t competing alongside her. Now that she has had her first taste of victory at the high school level though, she said her new goal is to beat her older sibling.
The triple-jump proved to be a continued strength of this year’s girls team, as Ladycats Mikinley Prengel, Jenna Gubler and Madeline Pickens finished first through third, respectively.
The boy’s side put up a good fight but ultimately lost out to a deeper Battle Mountain squad. Locke said that it is unfortunate that more athletes didn’t come out for the boys team this year because they can’t compete across as many events despite their top-tier talent.
Track and field will next travel to Moapa on March 27 to compete in the Grant Bushman Invitational.