With regionals two weeks away, the Truckee track and field team continues to improve on an already stellar season.
As the lone Division IA school at the High Desert Invitational at Reed last Friday, the Wolverines proved that they can hold their own against their Division I counterparts. In a field of eight teams, the Truckee boys placed third and the girls placed fifth, with eight podium finishes (half of which were golden) and 22 top-10 finishes.
Quinn Parker, defending state champion in the 100-, 200- and 400-meter dashes, earned two more gold medals in the 200 and 400. Her 200 time of 25.97 was a new personal record (PR), while her 400 time was a 59.83. Parker also placed third in the 100 (13.08). Ashley Harris, a senior, placed second in the 400 with a time of 64.24, and freshman Olivia Yale placed second in the 800 with a time of 2:34.79.
The top girls relay team was the 4x200, consisting Harris, sophomore Tareyn Ryan and freshmen Natalie Seelenfreund and Nichole Rathbun, who finished third in 1:50.98.
Two other freshmen placed well in field events: Laney Rohlf was ninth in the discus with a throw of 66-04 feet, and Seelenfreund was ninth in the long jump at 12-10.
Junior Ian Wilson placed first in the 1,600 with a time of 5:03.81. Other strong Truckee finishers in the 1,600 were freshman Colin Deurlington placing fourth in 5:12.13 and Simeon Murphy placing seventh in 5:23.34.
Truckee had many top finishes in the 3,200 as well, with sophomore Noah Oberriter taking first place in 11:05.06, followed by senior Alex Kopytko in second place (11.32.72), junior Nick Morgan in fifth (11:59.59) and freshman Jared Murphy in eighth (12:32.51).
Senior Adam Morgan, another first-year member, registered two top finishes: fourth in his first appearance in the 800, with a time of 2:18.46, and sixth in the 100 (11.75). Senior Oscar Sanchez was close behind Morgan in the 800, finishing fifth in 2:19.66. Deurlington also placed 10th in the 400 (57.91).
The top relay team of the meet for the boys was the 4x200 squad of Jake Pettit, Tyler Griffin, Javier Virrey and Eli Delaunay, who finished second in 1:35.05.
Truckee boys also excelled in field events. Virrey finished third in the triple jump (38-09.00) and ninth in the long jump (18-07.25). Junior Kyle Mello finished ninth in the discus with a throw of 95-06 while freshman Tony Moretti finished ninth in the high jump (5-02.00).
On Saturday, Truckee sophomores Skyler Flora and Gabrielle Rinne traveled to American River College for the Sacramento Meet of Champions, which is considered to be Northern California’s top invitational meet. This year athletes from 153 high schools were accepted to compete in open and invitational races.
Both Flora and Rinne raced to new PRs while improving their state and national rankings. In her first 3,200 of the season, Flora impressed with a second-place finish in the open race with a time of 11:26.44, in a field of 30 athletes. Flora is now ranked third in the 3,200 in Nevada, encompassing all divisions, and 95th among sophomores nationally.
Meanwhile, Rinne raced in the most competitive 800 field in the Meet of Champions’ 33-year history. Between the open and the invitational fields, there were a record 20 sub-2:20 finishers. She placed third in her heat and fourth overall in the open division with a time of 2:17.11. Rinne is now ranked second in the 800 out of all four Nevada divisions, and 20th among all sophomores nationally.
Next on the schedule for Truckee is more California competition at the Nevada Union Invitational on Friday.