Last Friday the Truckee track and field team traveled to Grass Valley for the Nevada Union Invitational, the final regular-season meet before the regional and state championships.
In a field of large-school California competition, the girls team placed fifth out of 22 teams, while the boys finished in a four-way tie for 15th out of 21 teams.
Truckee coach Diana Yale was encouraged by her team’s performance, which included 46 personal season records and two new school records.
“This team is looking very strong going into regionals,” she said. “Friday’s meet was definitely a confidence booster on many levels. On the girls’ side, our hurdlers and fielders are showing huge improvements, which makes us optimistic about the postseason. We haven’t ever had this depth in a team. Our boys’ relays all improved the last two weeks, and along with some very outstanding individual performances and huge personal records, they are all looking very strong as well.”
Two new Truckee High records were set in field events. Cassandra Sawyer set a new school record in the shot put with a throw of 30-00.25, breaking a record previously set in 2008. Pole Vaulter Chloe Wall, back from an ankle injury suffered earlier in the season, came back with a new personal record (PR) and school record with a 8-05.00 leap.
Meanwhile, nearly every hurdler on both the boys and girls teams achieved a season best and/or personal best performance, including Riley Weich and Quinn Cottel in the 110-meter hurdles and Tony Moretti, Welch and Cottel in the 300 hurdles on the boys side, and Nicole Rathbun, Lindsay Steinmaus and Lily Robertson in the 100 hurdles and Heather Pendleton, Steinmaus and Rathbun in the 300 hurdles on the girls side.
The girls track team enjoyed its customary success with 10 runners registering top-10 finishes. Gabrielle Rinne finished first in her signature event with another season-best time of 2:13.33, which is the ninth-fastest time this season in California. Teammate Skyler Flora ran her first 800 of the season, with a new PR of 2.17.14, placing fourth.
Rinne and Flora joined forces along with Quinn Parker and Claire Lang-Ree in their second-place finish in the 4x400 relay in 4:05.57.
Parker earned second-place finishes in both the 200 (25.90) and 400 (59.19), with her freshman protégé, Brenna Wapstra Scott, not far behind, placing eighth in the 200 (27.20) and fourth in the 400 (60.18), both of which are new PRs.
In the 1,600, freshmen cross-country standouts Lang-Ree and Syra Fillat enjoyed top 10 finishes in ninth (5:37.36) and 10th (5:42.35), respectively. Another freshman cross-country standout, Carrie Bradley, finished ninth in the 3,200 (12:55.82).
Top performers among the boys included Colin Deurlington’s sixth-place finish in the 800 with a new PR of 2:02.08. Deurlington also anchored the fourth-place 4x400 team, which included Eli Yale, Max Barta and Nathan Ariza. That team finished in a season-best time of 3:39.73.
Yale, Barta and Ariza also shined in their individual events, with Yale finishing 12th in the 800 (2:07.69), Ariza finishing 14th in the 1,600 with a new PR of 4:42.24, and Barta also registering a PR in the 400 (55.04), finishing 20th. Nick Morgan also earned a new PR in the 1,600 (4:54.62), finishing in 21st.
Sprinters also enjoyed success. Eli Delauney finished 13th in the 100 (11.94), while Carson Cottel finished 21st in the 100 (12.13) and 15th in the 200 (24.25). Delauney also earned a top field performance in the long jump (18.03.00), placing 16th in a field of 35.
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“These two teams are gutsy competitors, want to succeed and will do whatever it takes,” coach Yale said. “If we stay healthy, relaxed and confident going into regionals, and mix that all in with a little luck, we will be ready and have success. The coaches all really believe in these athletes and what they are capable of doing. We are all very excited about the weekend ahead.”