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Annual Bob Shaffer Track Classic set for Saturday

Truckee junior Natalie Lang-Ree clears 9 feet, 6.00 inches to win pole vault at last year's inaugural Bob Shaffer Track Classic. Lang-Ree and the Wolverines will be in action this Saturday, beginning at 9:30 a.m.
Courtesy of Hans Baumann

Know and go

WHAT: Bob Shaffer Track Classic

WHERE: Truckee High School

WHEN: Saturday, April 27, at 9:30 a.m.

Despite a massive winter season, the Truckee track and field team will get a chance to compete in front of its home crowd.

The Wolverines will host the annual Bob Shaffer Track Classic this Saturday at the high school, honoring the legacy of the legendary Truckee coach.

The field at Truckee High School is still drying out, according to Head Coach Diana Yale, but will be ready in time for discus.

Last year’s Bob Shaffer Track Classic was by all accounts the largest meet ever held in Truckee, attracting 16 teams and roughly 500 athletes.

Ten teams are currently scheduled to compete at this year’s event, according to Athletic.net, including a host of schools from Reno along with Class 3A rivals Fernley and Churchill County. North Tahoe’s squad will also be at the meet, which is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. with field events, followed by track events starting at 10 a.m.

Wolverines climb state rankings

The majority of the Truckee team competed last weekend at the Carson Invitational, where they posted some of Class 3A’s top marks of the season, thus far.

Truckee senior Ava Seelenfreund ran to Class 3A’s fastest 400 meters this season, finishing fourth overall in Carson City with a time of 1 minute, 1.59 seconds.

Freshman teammate, Jasmine Harris continued what’s been an exceptional start to her high school career, following Seelenfreund across the line for fifth overall in the 400 meters. Harris’ time of 1:01.68 is the second fastest this season in Class 3A. Harris also posted a personal record time in the 200 meters, finishing fifth overall with a mark of 27.39, which is seventh fastest in Class 3A.

Harris competed the day before as well at the junior varsity meet, and posted the 10th fastest 100 meters of the season on her way to taking the individual victory with a time of 13.40. She also won long jump with a personal record leap of 15 feet, 7.75 inches, which is the fourth best in Class 3A this year.

The Truckee varsity girls’ 4×100 meter relay team of sophomore Alia Sinoff, senior Zoe Brunings, senior Madison Earley and Harris ran to a second-place finish with a time 52.25, which is the fastest in Class 3A.

The 4×800 meter relay squad of junior Isabella Terrazas, sophomore Carly Davis, junior Deanna Sunnergren, and sophomore Lauren Tanner also posted Class 3A’s top time of the year, taking a second-place finish in Carson City with a time of 10:14.54. Truckee’s 4×400 meter team and 4×200 meter teams also posted top-10 times for Class 3A at the meet.

In distance, freshman Petra Kidd finished eighth in the 3,200 meters with a time of 12:42.16, which is the ninth fastest in Class 3A.

On the boys’ side, senior Calin Laine, senior KC Larkins, junior Steffen Cuneo and senior Ids Propstra posted Class 3A’s 10th fastest 4×800 meter relay with a time of 9:19.39.

Truckee will have another home meet, the Tahoe-Truckee Lake Meet, the following Friday. The team will then ready for the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association Northern 3A Championships on May 10-11 at Churchill County High School.

Justin Scacco is a reporter for the Sierra Sun. Contact him at jscacco@sierrasun.com.