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By Troy Treasure
LA PLATA – North Shelby sophomore sprinter Whitney Shinn established a new school record in the 100-meter dash last week.
Running at the La Plata Invitational on Monday, April 5, Shinn’s winning time of 13.01 seconds broke North’s previous all-time mark of 13.44 set by Paige Shinn, Whitney’s sister, in 2019. Sophomore teammate Caroline Linberger finished second.
“At first, I was shocked and surprised,” Whitney said when asked what her reaction was to besting Paige’s record.
“I knew it was going to take a lot to get my time down close to hers,” Shinn continued. “After it sunk in for a while, I felt this sort of pride to take my sister’s title and place my name on the board with other successful track players.”
Shinn had previously won the 100-meters at the re-scheduled Monroe City Invitational on April 1 with a time of 13.77. She recorded her third consecutive victory during competition Thursday, April 8 at the Scotland County Relays. Linberger placed third.
In the meet at Memphis, Shinn also won the 200-meters. Linberger was third. At La Plata, Shinn and Linberger finished second and third, respectively, in the 200-meters. The 4×200-meter relay team of Shinn, Zoe Barrick, Gracie von Thun and Linberger placed third.
In field events at both La Plata and Scotland County, Linberger was first in the long jump while Shinn was tops among triple jumpers.
Shinn and other athletes lost their 2020 track and field season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, in Shinn’s case, she had not competed since eighth grade. To date, her 2021 results have been an unexpected surprise.
“I wasn’t too confident on any sort of event,” she said. “I knew I was a decent runner from practice, but I wasn’t sure of my abilities because I didn’t have the year prior to base my goals on.
“I didn’t think I would rise so quickly because I used what I knew from junior high to base how well I would perform,” Shinn added.
Additional results from Monroe City Invitational (Top 8 scored team points):
Girls: Linberger, second in long jump; Shinn, third in triple jump; Shinn, von Thun, Barrick and Linberger, eighth in 4×200-meter relay; Marissa McEwen, seventh in discus.
Boys: Noah Greenwell, seventh in javelin; Jeremiaha Pratt, Donnie Horner, Riley Hill and Greenwell, seventh in 4×100-meter relay.
Additional results from La Plata Invitational (Top 8 earned team points):
Girls: McEwen, eighth in discus.
Boys: Pratt, fifth in 800-meters; Pratt, Horner, Hill and Greenwell, sixth in 4×100-meter relay.
Additional results from Scotland County (Top 6 recorded team points):
Girls: Shinn, Barrick, von Thun and Linberger, fifth in 4×200-meter relay; von Thun, sixth in 100-meter hurdles.
Boys: Greenwell, fifth in javelin; Greenwell, sixth in 400-meters; Greenwell, sixth in 800-meters; Hill, sixth in discus.