In the last regular season meet before regionals, the Truckee track and field team proved it could hold its own against the California schools triple its size.
In a field of 26 teams, the girls placed sixth overall, while the boys finished 12th at the Nevada Union Invitational in Grass Valley this past Friday.
Top point earners for the girls were Quinn Parker, Gabrielle Rinne and Skyler Flora, winning each of their races in the 400-, 800-, and 1,600-meter runs, respectively.
Parker celebrated the one-year anniversary of her first 400 race (last year at Nevada Union) by winning with a time of 58.65, just shy of a new personal record (PR). Rinne took an early lead in the 800 and never looked back, winning by more than seconds, with a time of 2:18.66. Flora conquered the afternoon foothill heat and a field of 33 competitors in the 1,600, finishing in 5:22.27.
Other top individual Truckee finishers included Javier Virrey’s third-place finish and new PR in the long jump with a 20-05.00 leap, followed by Eli Delaunay’s eighth-place PR of 19-00.00. On the track, Adam Morgan finished fifth in the 400 (51.53), Tobias Zeigler finished 10th in the 800 (2:03.77) and Austin Vance also finished in 10th place in the 110 hurdles, with a new PR of 18.83.
There were a number of other new PRs set during the meet by Truckee athletes: Colin Deurlington (2:05.74) and Ian Wilson (2:08.04) in the 800, Noah Oberriter in the 1,600 (4:47.58), Nick Morgan in the 3,200 (11:20.19).
Freshmen girls also had a stellar showing in PRs, in a very competitive varsity division: Nichole Rathbun in the 100 (14.10), and Olivia Yale in the 200 (29.00) and double PRs by Natalie Seelenfreund in the 100 (14.12) and the 200 (29.75). On the field, Laney Rohlf has steadily improved all season, registering double PRs in the shot put, with more than a two-foot improvement at 23 feet,7.5 inches and in discus with a throw of 71 feet, 5 inches.
Truckee also excelled in the relay team competitions. The boys set two new season records in the 4x100 relay (Virrey, Morgan, Delaunay and Tyler Griffin), placing fifth with a time of 44.83, and in the 4x400 relay (Morgan, Zeigler, Wilson and Griffin), placing fifth with a time of 3:32.25.
Also setting a new season record was the girls 4x100 relay team (Ashley Harris, Sara Lade, Tareyn Ryan, and Parker), which finished seventh in 52.99. The top relay finish of the day was the girls 4x400 (Harris, Ryan, Flora and Rinne), placing fourth in 4:15.23.
The team travels to Yerington on Friday and Saturday for the Northern Division I-A regional championship. The top four finishers in each divisional contest will represent the north in the state championship in Las Vegas on May 17-18.
Currently, there are 13 Truckee athletes occupying nearly 25 slots in the Northern I-A Top Ten Lists. The division consists of eight other teams: Elko, Lowry, Fallon, South Tahoe, Dayton, Fernley, Sparks and Spring Creek.
For boys, Virrey is first in the long jump and sixth in the triple jump, Delaunay is seventh in the long jump, Morgan is fourth in the 400 and sixth in the 200, Zeigler is first in the 800, sixth in the 400 and 10th in the 1,600, and Oberriter is seventh in the 1,600.
For girls, Parker is first in the 200 and 400 and second in the 100 and 800, Ryan is ninth in the 100, Harris is fourth in the 400 and ninth in the 200, Yale is fifth in the 800 and sixth in the 400, Rinne is first in the 800 and second in the 1,600, Flora is first in both the 1,600 and the 3,200, Michaela Welch is fourth in the 3,200 and Kate Morgan is fourth in the high jump.
As each of the eight relay teams are also contenders for a top-four finish at regionals, this could be one of the largest contingents of Truckee athletes traveling to state in recent memory.