The Truckee track and field team traveled to Folsom High School on Saturday to participate in its first meet of the 2014 season, the Folsom Depth Charge, after just two weeks of practice.
“It was the first-ever track meet for close to half the team of 55 athletes, and for many it was their first time even seeing what a full, all-weather track and field facility looked like,” said Truckee coach Diana Yale.
Despite a relative lack of experience, Truckee registered an impressive showing against nine other California teams with 19 top-five results, 16 of which were podium finishes.
Senior and four-year track standout Quinn Parker showed the way with her win the 200-meter dash (26.55) and second-place finish in the 400 (59.24). She also was the anchor leg in the victorious varsity 4x400 relay team.
Junior Gabrielle Rinne also registered a strong showing with a commanding win in the 1,600, setting a new Truckee High record in 5:06, which is the 12th-fastest time in the nation among high school juniors. Finishing in second place was fellow junior Skyler Flora in 5:12, another elite-level time for so early in the season.
The 4x400 relay team of Parker, Rinne, sophomore Olivia Yale and freshman Brenna Wapstra-Scott easily won in 4:08, six seconds ahead of second-place Folsom.
With more than half of the girls team consisting of freshmen, it is not surprising that there were impressive frosh/soph results as well. Wapstra-Scott finished first in the frosh/soph 400 (1:02.52) and sixth in the varsity 200 (27.99). Also a freshman, Julia Veliquette registered two second-place finishes, in the 200 (28.46) and 400 (1:02.79).
Freshman Syra Fillat performed well in the frosh/soph distance races, with a third-place finish in the 1,600 (5:59) and fifth place in the 3,200 (12:37).
The 4x400 frosh/soph relay team, consisting of Veliquette, Nicole Rathbun, Marlena Montano and Heather Pendleton, placed second in 4:30.
In frosh/soph field events, Pendleton placed first in the high jump with a leap of 4-10, while freshmen Hayley Thomas and Montano placed second and third in the triple jump with leaps of 31-01.5 and 28-07, respectively. And for the first time in recent memory, Truckee fielded a pole vaulter, sophomore Chloe Wall, who placed fifth with a 7-06 vault.
Top performers among the boys were senior Ian Wilson and sophomore Colin Deurlington. Wilson finished third in the varsity 800 with a time of 2:05.01. In frosh/soph races, Deurlington won the 400 (54.19) and placed second in the 800 (2:09.80).
“Our girls in particular were very successful with some outstanding early season times, and our boys team will only improve since most of them are still figuring out their events and what they may be best at,” coach Yale said. “I’m also pleased how the team really connected and supported each other, helping each other out as they figured out what to do. Being a total team unit will be critical to our success in the postseason.”
For full results, see www.athletic.net. Truckee will compete in the Yerington Relays on Saturday.