Whitney track and field athletes ready for postseason
The Whitney High track and field teams will send some top athletes to the Capital Athletic League meets in preparation for the Division II-III meet coming up next week at Bella Vista High School.
The top four athletes in each event qualify for the division meet. Both the Wildcats and Thunder have some outstanding candidates.
100-meters – Shea Barker is No. 1 with a time of 12.6 seconds. Hannah Arnold stands second in the CAL at 12.93.
200m – Hannah Arnold moved into fourth with a recent 27.19 time.
800m – Jenica Dodge is No. 2 in this event at 2:24.22. Haley Ellis is fourth a little more than a second behind Dodge.
1600m –Dodge is a solid favorite in this event. Her time of 5:08.67 is almost 15 seconds ahead of the second-best time. Hattie Groat is in fourth position by about five seconds.
3200m – Again, Dodge is a big favorite. Megan Hall is third and Groat, a freshman, has moved up to No. 4.
100m Hurdles – Barker is No. 1 in this event but will have to be in top form to claim the CAL title.
300m Hurdles – Barker should win this event and head for the Divisional meet
Relays – Whitney has posted the best time in the 4x100 and stands at third in the 4x400. Setting 4:20.43 in the 4x400 were Taylor Aidnik, Marialana Viera, Kiana Brown and Ozora Cheek.
High Jump – Christina Daley leads this event clearing 4 feet 11 inches. Madeleine Dart is second recently achieving 4-10.
Pole Vault – The Wildcats line up 1-2-3, with Stephanie Diettinger at 10-0, Viera 9-0 and Daley 8-0.
Long Jump – Barker holds the No. 1 position by nearly 3 feet. Daley is in the third spot.
Triple Jump – Daley is No. 2 going 31.25. Dart has leaped 30-7 for third. The best CAL jump is 34-6.5.
100m – The ‘Cats have two strong candidates in Joey Camarda and Chris Gloudeman. Camarda stands in third breaking the tape at 11.06. Gloudeman has run the dash in 11.34. The top time is 10.83.
200m – Gloudeman is presently third a half second behind the best time – 22.05.
400m – Koren Vaughn moved into the No. 3 spot at 51.86. Antonio Franco is in fourth less than three seconds behind No. 1.
800m – Whitney dominates the distance runs. Jacob Zufelt is the top athlete in the 800 by five seconds. New No. 2 is freshman Isaiah Hanna at 2:01, a second ahead of Ryan Hodgens (No. 3).
1600m – Zufelt’s 4:17.81 leads Hodgens 4:23.43 and Nathan Wellington at 4:27.97. They hold down the first three positions.
3200m – Hodgens tops this event and Zufelt is No. 2, Wellington third. Hodgens best is 9:25.98.
110m Hurdles – Camarda is No. 1 clocking a recent 15.09.
Relays – Camarda, Gloudeman, Kwani Wilkinson and Jordan Powell have the second best time of 43.55 in the 4x400. The best time is 43.48.
High Jump – Again, the three top spots go to the Wildcats. Kevin Hassani has cleared 6-2, Phillip Mendoza and Camarda 5-10.
Pole Vault – Joe Howard vaulted into third at 10-0. Tyler Torres, Austin Eggers, Matthew Chaney, Ben Cahill and Anthony Leonti are in third at 9-6. However, CAL’s top height is 13 feet.
Triple Jump – Evan Ja sits in third but his hop, skip and jump of 40 feet is only a foot and a half behind to CAL best.
The CAL finals are this week at Antelope High School.