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Truckee track and field | Parker second in 200 at Yerington Relays

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Submitted to swright@sierrasun.comTruckee coach John Falk congratulates Quinn Parker for her performance at the Yerington Relays this past Saturday. Parker placed second in the 200-meter dash, recording the ninth-fastest time in the event in Northern Nevada this season.

The Truckee track and field team continues to improve during its weather-shortened season, evidenced by its most recent performance at the Yerington Relays this past Saturday.

First-year team member Quinn Parker was most impressive in the 100- and 200-meter dashes. While her 100 was competitive, it was her 200 that took high honors. Unseeded, Parker was forced to run in an early heat against less-accomplished sprinters. Nevertheless, she posted a time of 28.34 seconds, running away from all others in her heat.

Even when the faster-seeded heats ran, Parker’s time stood up, resulting in Truckee’s first medal finish of the year, with a second place. The quality result not only garnered much-needed team points for the Wolverines, it was the ninth-fastest 200-meter time clocked all season in Northern Nevada.

Alex Kopytko, a middle-distance specialist, recorded another standout performance for the Wolverines.

After taking on the unanticipated duty of running the third leg of Truckee’s 4×100 relay in the previous week’s meet, Kopytko once again showed his versatility and athleticism in taking on yet another untried event, the 800-meter run.

Kopytko was unseeded in this event, having not competed in it this season. It didn’t matter. In the first heat, Kopytko pulled away from the field early on the first of two laps, and never gave up ground to the finish. At one point he had nearly a half-lap lead on the entire field.

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His Truckee coach, John Falk, was quite pleased with his performance, and wondered aloud how much faster he would have been had he raced in the second, faster heat.

and#8220;Kopytko is one of those rare runners who gives 110 percent no matter the circumstances,and#8221; Falk said. and#8220;He just loves to compete. I believe he would have been as dominant in the second heat if given the chance to pace against the faster mid-distance runners.and#8221;

Kopytko will have that chance at the Northern 3A Regional meet, scheduled for May 13-14 at Fernley High School.

Fellow Truckee distance runner Simeon Murphy competed in the 3,200-meter race, with a gutsy performance from start to finish. Murphy also ran a strong 800, and finished the day running the third leg of the 4×400 relay.

Sprinters Tyler Griffin and Jake Pettit ran well in their 100-meter dash heat, taking first and third, respectively. Though not in the medals, Falk said, and#8220;Both of these rabbits are only a hare’s breath away from medal contention.and#8221;

High jumper Austin Griffin was disappointed with his early departure from the event. But his coach has faith he will perform better at the regional meet.

and#8220;Austin has impeccable form and the capacity to jump much, much, higher,and#8221; Falk said. and#8220;It just wasn’t his day. But watch out for him at regionals. He’ll be flying.and#8221;

and#8212; This article was submitted to Sports Editor Sylas Wright at swright@sierrasun.com.