The Truckee track and field team traveled last Friday to Loomis for the Del Oro Invitational, where the Wolverines competed against 28 other teams, many of which were large California and Nevada schools.
“Del Oro was a highly competitive meet,” said Truckee assistant coach Rob McClendon, “and we had many athletes who achieved personal bests at both field and track events.”
Indeed, there was an unprecedented total of 58 season-best performances by Truckee athletes.
McClendon was especially impressed with the boys performances in 1-mile and 3,000-meter run, led by junior Noah Oberriter. Oberriter placed 13th in the mile (4:42.33) and 10th in the 3,000 (9:20.95).
Teammates Nathan Ariza, Nick Morgan, Simeon Murphy, Holden Reed, Hudson Verbeck and Ian Smith all registered personal-best performances in the meet’s distance events.
Colin Deurlington also shined in his signature middle-distance events, placing seventh in the frosh/soph 400 (54.43) and 14th in the varsity 800 (2:04.41).
Noteworthy field performances among the boys included Baldo Ramirez’s 84-07 discus throw and Zach Smith’s triple jump of 33-06.00.
Among the girls, McClendon singled out the 300-meter hurdlers. “Despite not having the greatest hurdle facility, our 300-meter girls all improved their personal bests,” the coach said.
These included freshmen Heather Pendleton, who placed sixth in the frosh/soph race (52.29), Lily Robertson (56.13) and sophomore Lindsay Steinmaus in the varsity race (57.57).
Other standout performances among the girls included middle-distance specialist Julia Veliquette, who registered two top-10 finishes: 10th in the varsity 400 (1:01.95) and sixth in the frosh/soph 800 (2:30.42).
The freshmen girls who ran cross-country in the fall performed well in the frosh/soph 1-mile race, three of which finished in the top 10: Syra Fillat in sixth (5:42.30), Claire Lang-Ree in eighth (5:48.80), and Carrie Bradley in 10th (5:57.61). Other cross-country runners excelling in the 1-mile were Bella Bono (6:20.79) and Michaela Welch (6:38.11).
Sophomore Chloe Wall continued to excel in pole vault, with a first-place finish in the frosh/soph competition and yet another new personal best of 8-03.00.
“We’re improving with every meet,” McClendon said. “If we continue doing so we might have a chance for a great team performance at our regional meet.”