Even as the two-time defending state champions, the White Pine High School Ladycats managed to accomplish something head coach Justin Locke hadn’t seen done in his nine years in charge, sweep all four qualifying spots in a division meet event.
The Ladycats took all three spots on the podium and then some in the triple jump event with Mikinley Prengel earning a first place finish with a distance of 32 feet 3 and a quarter inches.
“I was pretty excited for them and now they have a chance to do it again at state so I’m pushing them to see if they can do it,” Locke said.
The coach said that if his girl jumpers could sweep the podium again at state it would be one of his most prized accomplishments as a coach.
“I wouldn’t forget that for a long time.”
But the Ladycats won more than just the triple jump. The girls track team took first place overall in the Boulder City hosted meet to win another division title for the program beating rival high school Meadows by 37 points.
Prengel also earned first place finishes in the 100, 200 and 400 meter dashes to complete her dominant day on the track. Tainui Brewster also earned herself a gold medal for top shot put throw of 29 feet 8 inches.
The White Pine boys team had a couple of standout performances in their second place team finish. Sam Stewart finished in first place in the 3200 meter run and senior Nate Lee earned a first place finish in the long and triple jump events.
White Pine High School has never had a team win three state championships consecutively so Locke will look to make school history when the team travels to Del Sol High School in Las Vegas for the state meet on Friday.