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Truckee track and field: Wolverines fare well at zones

Sun Staff report

Photography Michael MichaelsenTruckee senior Mollie Askin competes in a relay race during the Northern 3A Regional Championships in Winnemucca this past Friday.

The Wolverines qualified 14 athletes for state at the Northern 3A Regional Championship in Winnemucca this past weekend, with several qualifying in multiple events.

The 3A State Championship meet will be held at Damonte Ranch High School on Friday and Saturday. The top five finishers at zones advanced to state.

Sophomore Shauna Day recorded the Wolverines’ only first-place individual finish at the meet, as she captured the top spot in the triple jump with a season-best leap of 33 feet, 1/2 inch.

Truckee’s girls 4×400 relay team consisting of Ali Haines, Mikaela Arnstein, Serena Dill and Samantha Holoday also blew away the competition with a first-place finish. They posted a season-best time of 4:17, crushing their previous best by more than 10 seconds in what Truckee head coach Bob Shaffer called and#8220;a great performance.and#8221;

The boys 4×800 relay team made up of Tyler Brooks, Chris Gallagher, Tony Rodriguez and Vince Shaffer also took first place with a great last leg by Shaffer to barely nudge out Fernley for the top spot.

Among other Truckee relay teams, the boys 4×400 squad of Rodriguez, Gallagher, Brooks and Shaffer finished runner-up to Spring Creek, posting a time of 3:32.13 to the Spartans’ 3:31.88, while the girls 4×100 and 4×200 teams both finished second as well. The same group that won the 4×100 posted a time of 1:50.14 to Sparks’ 1:48.35 in the 4×200, and a time of 51.42 to Sparks’ 50.64 in the 4×200.

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In the boys 800-meter run, Shaffer finished third with a time of 2:02.15, and was followed by Brooks in fourth (2:02.18) and Gallagher in fifth (2:02.60). Fernley’s Steffan Reymann won the race in 2:00.99.

Also taking third for Truckee was the girls 4×800 relay team of Mollie Askin, Kayla Cole, Jen Gallagher and Heather Mort with a time of 11:01, while Javier Virrey also qualified for state with a fourth-place finish in the triple jump. Virrey jumped 40 feet, 1.75 inches in his first-ever attempt at the event.

Just missing qualifying for state by finishing sixth in their respective events were Virrey in the long jump after jumping 19-6 (Nolan fisher came in seventh with a jump of 19-3), the boys 4×100 relay team of Corey Ackerman, Tyler Griffin, Cole Roberts and Virrey, and the 4×200 team consisting of Griffin, Ackerman, Fisher and Rodriguez. Alex Kopytko and Gabby Garcia also placed sixth in the 3,200, and Day was seventh in the 100.