Each week of the track season, Truckee’s field of competition has steadily grown from five to seven to 15 teams, culminating with last weekend’s Reed Sparks Rotary Invitational, which brought together 26 teams from throughout northern Nevada, and from all divisions.
The Truckee team once again proved it was up for the challenge, with 11 podium finishes. Truckee’s girls walked away with the second-place trophy in the small-school division.
In the 100-meter dash, junior Quinn Parker placed second with a time of 12.94 in a field of 93 sprinters. Other strong finishers for Truckee were sophomore Tareyn Ryan in 13th and senior Ashley Harris in 16th place.
In an even larger field of 98 sprinters, Parker placed second again in the 200 in a time of 26.21, right behind Reed senior phenomenon Adriana Newell, who set a new meet record at 25.10. Harris also impressed with her 15th-place finish.
The story was the same in the 400, with a one-two finish by Newell and Parker, with Parker performing in 58.62, which equalled her personal record from last year’s state championships. Harris just missed a top-10 finish, placing 11th in 1:03.37. Reed’s Newell recently signed with University of Kansas, where she will be sprinting in the Big 12 Conference next season.
Sophomore Gabrielle Rinne extended her undefeated streak in the 800 with a time of 2:21.81 in a field of 65 middle-distance runners. Sophomore teammate Skyler Flora improved her time over last week, with a 5:25.63 second-place showing in the 1,600 in a field of 67.
Rinne and Flora were both accepted into the highly competitive Arcadia Invitational and will be traveling there next weekend to participate in their signature events against many of the fastest runners in the western United States.
Parker, Rinne and Flora were joined by freshman Olivia Yale in the distance medley relay, which finished second in 13:09.33 in a field of 14 teams. The event is a relatively rare and challenging relay, combining four different distances: 1,200 (Rinne), 400 (Parker), 800 (Yale) and 1,600 (Flora).
The Truckee boys also had several standout performances. Junior Tobias Ziegler won the 800 with a time of 2:04.22, while teammate Ian Wilson, also a junior, finished 13th in 2:13.48. In the 400, senior Adam Morgan finished third in 51.58, with Wilson registering another top-20 finish in 54.5.
Ziegler (1,200), Morgan (400), and Wilson (800) were joined by sophomore Noah Oberriter (1,600) in the distance medley relay, placing third in a field of 15 teams with a time of 11:34.31.
Because the field of boys was so large, a frosh/soph division was offered as well. Sophomore Eli Delauney placed third in the 100 in 12.09 and freshman Colin Deurlington also placed third in the 800 in 2:11.59.
The trend toward larger, more competitive meets continues into next weekend. The Wolverines will travel to their first sea-level meet of the season, the Thunder Invitational in Rocklin, where they will face competition with 46 teams, mostly large California schools.