Before their spring break, the Truckee track and field team traveled to Placer High School in Auburn to participate in the longest-running track meet in Northern California, the 76th Annual Le Febvre Relays.
“Our team had a very strong showing for our first time attending this fun relay meet,” said Truckee coach Diana Yale. “The enthusiasm and team spirit was high, and it was a strong team-building experience. With some top finishes in both running and field events, the team is showing strength and depth.”
Not to be overshadowed by their track counterparts, the Truckee girls shined in field events. Freshman Heather Pendleton won her third straight gold medal in the high jump this season with a new personal record of 5 feet even. This places her at the top of the Northern Division I-A standings.
Sophomore Chloe Wall impressed in the pole vault, a completely new event in the history of Truckee track, finishing third with a vault of 8 feet even, also a new personal record. Wall is currently tied for third place in the Northern DI-A standings.
Junior Michaela Welch earned a well-deserved gold medal in the Special Event 100-meter dash.
True to its name, most of the running events at Le Febvre are indeed relays. The girls team once again showed its dominance with commanding wins in the Distance Medley Relay (DMR), 4x800m, and 4x400m relays.
The DMR, made up of Gabrielle Rinne (1,200m), Brenna Wapstra-Scott (400m), Quinn Parker (800m) and Skyler Flora (1,600m), may have set a new meet record with a time of 12:31, 76 seconds ahead of second-place Placer Union. Not only was this a potentially record-setting performance at the meet level, it was also the team’s first Dyestat National Elite (top 100) finish of the season.
The 4x800 team consisting of Rinne, Flora, Olivia Yale and Julia Veliquette easily won in 9:55.64, nearly 20 seconds ahead of second-place Del Oro.
The 4x400 team of Rinne, Wapstra-Scott, Veliquette and Parker also emerged victorious with a time of 4:05.27, nearly 10 seconds ahead of second-place Del Oro, again.
Top results for Truckee boys included a second-place finish for Ian Wilson in the long jump with a leap of 18-3.25. The top finish in the relays was third place in the 4x800 with a time of 9:01.57 (Wilson, Noah Oberriter, Eli Yale and Colin Deurlington).
On the weekend following Spring Break, Gabrielle Rinne participated in the one of the most competitive high school mile fields in the country at the Stanford Invitational. In a field of 43 runners, 10 achieved a DyeStat National Elite time (sub-5:03) and another 20 achieved a DyeStat State Elite time (sub 5:12). Anna Maxwell, a senior from San Lorenzo Valley, registered the top mile time in the country with her first-place finish in a blazing 4:43.27.
Rinne finished second in her heat with her first national elite time of her season in 5:02.94, which is the 14th-fastest mile time in the nation among high school girls and the top time among high school juniors.
“We just need to get athletes to continue working hard to achieve their goals, not only for themselves, but for the team as a whole,” Yale said. “It will take an entire team to do well in the postseason and to score the points necessary for success.”
On Friday, most of the team travels to the Del Oro Invitational. Meanwhile, the girls 4x800 team of Parker, Flora, Rinne and Olivia Yale, defending DI-A champions and state meet record holders, qualified to participate in the Arcadia Invitational, which is considered to be the largest and most prestigious high school track and field meet in the country. Flora and Rinne will participate in individual events there as well.