Lady Wolverines set school records at state meet
May 24, 2018
The Truckee track and field team made the trip to Carson City on Friday, May 18, to compete in the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association State Track & Field Championships.
The Lady Wolverines battled their way to a second-place finish over two days of competition, capturing the state runner-up trophy behind a gold medal performance from senior Olivia Koster and a first place 4×800 meter relay team.
Koster rewrote the Truckee record book at the meet, breaking the school record with her first-place finish in the 100-meter hurdles and second place in the 300-meter hurdles.
Koster stumbled out of the blocks to start the 100, but she said the slow start may have ultimately aider her as she chased down the field, passing first place on the final hurdle.
"I think tripping out of the blocks, it may have helped, because it made me want to chase down the other girls," Koster said. "It was kind of weird, usually I remember my races, but this race I think I was going a lot faster than usual because I don't remember any of it."
Koster would lean across the finish line, edging Sunrise Mountain's Dalayna Bolin by 0.08 seconds with time of 15.83.
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Koster would also break the school record in the 300-meter hurdles, finishing in second place with a time of 45.59. The senior's performance in the hurdles caps off seven years of work in the discipline.
"The 300, I've never tried that hard at anything in my life," said Koster. "It was my last race on the track ever, so I decided to leave it all out there, and I ended up dropping two seconds.
"Stacey Carr, my hurdles coach, she's the reason that I was so successful this past week, and the past four years. I couldn't have done that without her."
Deanna Sunnergren, Carly Davis, Isabella Terrazas, and Lauren Tanner combined to bring Truckee its other gold medal at the meet, taking first place in the 4×800 meter relay with a time of 9:43.27.
The Lady Wolverines continued their assault on the school record book, posting Truckee's fastest time ever in the 4×100 meter relay for a fourth-place finish at 50.83. Zoe Brunings. Koster, Britta Winans and Alia Sinoff combined to rewrite the Truckee record book in the event.
"We could all feel we were going to do really well that day," said Koster. "All of our handoffs were super clean and smooth and everyone ran a really good leg.
The Truckee 4×400 meter relay team of Winans, Tanner, Sunnergren, and Terrazas took third with a time of 4:08.84.
Tanner also took second in the 800 meters, finishing with a personal record time of 2:20.11. Brunings ran to an eighth-place finish in the 100 meters with a time of 13.35.
In the field events, senior Abby Baier took third in triple jump with the second farthest jump in school history at 34 feet, 1.50 inches. Baier was also fifth in long jump at 15 feet, 10.00 inches. Sophomore Natalie Lang-Ree took fourth in pole vault, clearing 9 feet, 6.00 inches.
The girls finished the day with 63 points for second place. Lowry took the team title with 72 points.
The Truckee boys weren't able to claim any first-place finishes at the met, but had a number of standout performances.
Sophomore Montana Montgomery led the Wolverines charge with a second-place finish in the 3,200 meters, crossing the line with a time of 10:09.43. Montgomery also took fourth in the 1,600 meters with a time of 4:35.65.
In the 400 meters, senior Cole Eichele took fifth with a personal record time of 52.29, and junior Marcus Trotter finished seventh in the 100 meters with a time of 11.54, for a personal record. Trotter's time in the race is the second fastest in school history. Sophomore Hayden Sumner took sixth in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 42.82.
Eichele, Nick Rae, Calin Laine, and Montgomery combined to take fourth in the 4×400 meter relay with a time of 3:30.80. Truckee's 4×100 meter relay team of Trotter, Michael Doughty, Rae and Eichele took sixth with a time of 44.27.
In the field events, Doughty took seventh in long jump at 19 feet, 1.50 inches, and senior Dominic Acevedo placed eighth in shot put with a throw of 39 feet, 8.00 inches.
The Truckee boys finished in a tie for seventh place with 34 points. Mojave won the team title with 110 points.
Justin Scacco is a reporter for the Truckee Sun. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.