Truckee runners right on track
April 29, 2008
Track and field is one of the few sports in which true objectivity reigns.
Community politics and coaches’ favorites fall away in a sport in which one’s “marks” ” the farthest throws, the highest or longest jumps and the fastest times ” bring appropriate rewards.
For the Truckee High track and field team, those marks have continued to improve with two-thirds of the track season now behind them. A season slogan of “train hard, race smart and compete fiercely” has produced consistent personal records (PR) for many athletes.
The girls team, hampered by commitments to club volleyball and club soccer, has perhaps the best talent pool in several years. Led by senior standout Lindsay Holt, the team continues to improve as the season builds toward the state meet May 16-17.
The Truckee boys are equally talented with a host of speedsters vying for the top 3A marks in the sprint events. Led by sophomore Cory Sharp and joined by seniors Tucker Ballister and Kevin Wood and juniors Ryan Roberts and CJ Ackerman, Truckee’s sprinters hold promise as the track season reaches its final stages.
With a second-place finish in his mile race at the West Coast Relays in Fresno, Calif., junior Micah Silver lowered his own school record in the event, posting a time of 4:37.8. Also producing personal bests at the Fresno meet were sophomores Vince Shaffer and Chris Gallagher, with a 2:10 in the 800 meters and an 11:21 in the 3200 meters, respectively.
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Truckee’s young distance runners continued to show promise the following week at the Reed Rotary Invitational, a meet featuring more than 40 schools from Nevada and California. They earned a silver medal in the frosh/soph division distance medley relay, with Sharp eliciting a crowd response with his tremendous 400-meter leg.
Shaffer proved to be a track athlete to watch as he posted a third-place finish in the frosh/soph 800-meter run, a race that included a fifth-place finish by Gallagher and a seventh-place finish for freshman Taylor Wulff-Morrison.
A week later, a small group of tracksters ventured to the West Valley-Chico Invitational during Spring Break and came away with several personal bests. Leading the contingent was senior Max Salinger, who posted bests of 4:42 in the mile and 2:03.8 in the 800. Gallagher showed he will be a force in Nevada track for many more years as he raced to an exceptional 4:53 in the mile. Freshman standout Tyler Brooks recorded a personal record in the same race, posting a 5:01. Silver would also shine at Chico, where he raced to a personal best 2:03.6 in the 800 and returned to place fourth in the invitational 3200 with a time of 9:51, lowering his school record in the event by 10 seconds.
After having the first of two qualifying league meets canceled, the track team prepares for its only regional qualifier on May 3 in Yerington. Times and distances established at the May 3 meet will result in seeding and lane assignments for the Northern Regional Championship meet the following week on May 9-10 at Lowry.