Ross Johnson photo White Pine track athletes practice their walking lunges on the football field.

Ross Johnson photo
White Pine track athletes practice their walking lunges on the football field.

The White Pine High boys’ and girls’ track teams have begun their preparation for the upcoming season.

“It’s a good start to the season,” fourth year head coach Justin Locke said. He has 25 girls and 25 boys on the team, but is still trying to add a few more before they leave for their first meet on Friday, the Bulldog Invitational at Virgin Valley High School in Mesquite.

“The boys’ program has been pretty stellar,” Locke said. “I’m glad to have our numbers back up.”

Junior team captain Sam Stewart has the bar set high.

“We’ve put it in his head to be a state champion this year,” Locke said. “That’s the goal we’ve set for him.”

The girls’ team will look for their fourth consecutive state championship. Only two graduated last year.

“We’re definitely the team to beat,” Locke said.

Senior team captain Lucy Fullmer should also perform well.

“She’s the anchor, the heart of our team,” Locke said. “Mikinley Prengel is also one we can put anywhere. We expect all our girls to compete like last year.”

The first home meet is April 29.