Noll eclipses old record at STMS
CARSON CITY – Kylie Noll didn’t pick on just any school record last week. The South Tahoe Middle School seventh-grader erased a distance mark from her parents’ era of schooling at the season-ending Tah-Neva League track and field championships at Carson High School.
Noll’s 2-minute, 38.64-second winning time in the 800 meters broke the old mark of 2:42.6 set in 1978. She also set a new record in the 1,600 meters, winning in 5:38.67. The former mark was 5:45.
“I thought I had a chance,” Noll said. “I’d been trying to break the 800 more than the mile.”
STMS coach Dominique Westlake kept Noll apprised of the necessary pace to break the records by calling out her 200 and 400 split times.
“Those (previous) records were set at sea level … setting these at altitude was harder,” Westlake said. “Kylie is a great athlete and she works really hard.”
All four of the Timberwolves’ teams finished in the top three in scoring. But the only one bringing home the championship was a very deep and talented seventh-grade boys’ team.
Rob Davenport won two events and Jack Garratt and Noble Lau were also victorious as the Timberwolves ran away with the seventh-grade title.
Davenport won the triple jump (34-9 1/2) and high jump by four inches at 5-2, while Garratt took the 200-meter title and Lau ran the 1,600 in a winning time of 5:30.05. Garratt also was second in the 100 meters, losing to Stephen Jeffers of North Tahoe by a scant .01, and shot put.
The team’s depth showed throughout as Rand Norberg was second in the 800 (2:43.96), Ryan Reger was runner-up in the triple jump (27-11 1/2) and Spencer Orman was third in the shot put and 400 meters.
“This is a very strong group of kids. The trick is to keep them out in the eighth grade,” Westlake said.
In the seventh-grade girls’ division, Kelsey Smith and Sasha Rupp of Kingsbury finished 1-2 in the 3,200 meters. Smith was timed in 13:28.62, while Rupp wasn’t too far behind in 13:46.76.
“This year the distance runners came out,” said Kingsbury coach Nancy Roberts. “Usually we do well in discus and shot put.”
Holly Brumbach provided KMS with even more depth in the distance runs, placing fourth in the 800 meters and fifth in the 1,600.
STMS’s Cassidy Berg flexed her muscles, winning the shot put with a heave of 30-8 and finishing second in discus at 74-7.
Despite a roster of eight boys, STMS came in third.
Patrick Reilly played a large role in the Timberwolves getting the most out of their four-event maximum participation. Believe it or not, Reilly was still standing after winning the 3,200 and 1,600 meters and placing second in the 200 hurdles and 800 meters.
“I don’t think I had much of anything left,” Reilly said. “It’s the first time I’ve done the 3,200, 1,600 and 800.”
Reilly sacrificed personal glory for team goals in the biggest meet of the season. He had a chance to break the school record in the 3,200 but slowed his pace to conserve energy for his other races.
“I ran more for place than time,” he said. “I probably would have never been able to run the mile as fast as I did (had I run all out in the 3,200).”
Another highlight for the Kingsbury eighth-grade boys was Cristian Hernandez winning the shot put with a 39-9 1/2 effort. Hernandez also placed second in discus (119-09) and teammate Jeremy Dominguez was a close third in the shot at 39-4 and fourth in the discus.
KMS’s Mac Cerceo was second in the 3,200 at 12:09.15, second in the 800, fourth in the long jump and sixth in the triple jump.
Brendan Rice of STMS was runner-up in the high jump (5-4) and third in the 400 meters (1:00.54) and Brian Walker third in the 75 hurdles (13.47).
Sarah Hartley showed her athletic versatility, competing in four dissimilar events and placing in the top three in each of them. Hartley won the triple jump with a hop, skip and jump of 28 feet, 10 inches and was second in the 100 (13.56), high jump (4-8) and third in the 200 hurdles (30.39).
Jordan Dalton of STMS demonstrated her durability by finishing second in both the 3,200- and 1,600-meter runs. Dalton and Kate Lambdin both bettered the school record in the 3,200 but the record belongs to Dalton, who used a strong kick to finish in 12:43.
Casey Cole of STMS was runner-up in long jump at 13-1, Tess Braun was third in the 75 hurdles (13.48), Sarah Burk was third in high jump (4-6) and Morgan Thomas was third in triple jump at 28-3.
STMS’s seventh- and eighth-grade girls finished second overall.
Kingsbury’s seventh-grade girls and boys were third and seventh, respectively, and the eighth-grade girls and boys were fourth and fifth.