After winning back-to-back state championships with his White Pine High School girls track and field team, coach Justin Locke knows what he and his team have to do to go for a third straight.
“Our strategy is just to get as many athletes qualified for state at the division meet and then see where we go from there,” Locke said.
Both his girls and boys teams got a teaser for what that meet will offer over the weekend, competing in a “small school meet” at the site of this weekend’s division meet at Boulder City High School. Just like in years past, Locke said that the girls’ biggest competition for the title this year will be The Meadows out of Las Vegas, but that he didn’t get to see as much as he would’ve liked from the rival squad in the “small” meet Friday.
The Meadows should have all they can handle though if the Ladycats continue to compete at the level they have all season, according to Locke, as his Ladcat team continues to outperform their own best times each week.
Mikinley Prengel broke the school record (which was already broken earlier in the season) for the triple jump with a distance of 33 feet 5 inches and the 4×200 meter relay team broke another school record with a time of one minute 53.17 seconds.
The teams will return to Boulder City to try and qualify for state on Friday.