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Whitehouse takes 3rd in 400

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Boys' team finishes in top 10

By Todd Martin

The Shelby County boys’ track and field team finished ninth overall at the KHSAA State Track and Field Meet on Saturday.

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Led by Stacey Eden’s championship in the 3,200 and Tyler Whitehouse’s third-place finish in the 400, the Rockets scored 26 points.

“Coming in ninth in the state at the end of the year, I was very pleased,” SCHS boys coach George Cottrell said. “I had a feeling at the beginning of the year that we could be at this level.”

Whitehouse burst onto the scene about midway through the year as a force for the Rockets in the 400.

“Last year he was doing well, hanging around 52 or 53 seconds,” Cottrell said. “But this year, right around spring break, he started to figure it out. Going [48.8] and finishing third at the state meet is big time.”

Whitehouse said he was a little surprised.

“I had a feeling I could get top five, but I was pretty excited with top three,” he said. “I knew I had a 48 in me, but I didn’t know I could do it right now. My goal was 49, so to beat that was great.”

Whitehouse said that his team's struggles in the 4x200 helped fuel him.

“That really got to me,” he said. “I felt bad because I was the one that dropped the baton [on the exchange with Rico O’Bannon]. I just knew in the 400 I had to go out there and represent Shelby County the best I could. That definitely was a motivator for me.”

Whitehouse also anchored the 4x400 team – with Jonathan Pernell, O’Bannon and Edwin Thomas – that finished sixth.

The Rockets also had another top-five individual finish with Alec Zaremba was fifth in the mile. Zaremba also finished 16th in the 800.

Starting off the meet, the Rockets finished sixth in the 4x800 with a team of Eden, J.J. Depasco, Pernell and Zaremba.

Lady Rockets

The Lady Rockets’ 4x800 team of Caterina Karas, Taylor Webb, Lindsey Miller and Alyssa Anderson finished 20th, and Karas finished 11th in the 800.