Truckee track and field athletes break school records, claim gold at regionals
The Truckee track and field team traveled to Fallon last weekend to compete against the best athletes in Northern Nevada at the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association 3A Northern League Track and Field Championships.
Several Wolverines came away with gold at the meet while many others managed to finish in the top four to qualify for this weekend’s state championships in Las Vegas.
Junior Montana Montgomery had a terrific weekend, claiming gold in each of his four events to lead the Wolverines boys’ team.
Montgomery ran to a first-place finish in the 800 meters, posting a time of 2 minutes, 1.01 seconds for a personal record. Montgomery also captured gold in the 1,600 meters, finishing with a time of 4:34.84. Senior teammate, Calin Laine also qualified for state in the 800 meters and 1,600 meters, claiming third place in each event and setting a personal record in the 800 meters.
“Calin Laine is just a real fierce, gutsy competitor,” said Head Coach Diana Yale. “He’ll leave everything on the track in every race he does … I expect to see some great things from him.”
Montgomery picked up his third win of the meet in the 3,200 meters with a time of 10:10.11.
“Montana, amazing effort,” said Yale. “I know he’s hoping to break some school records this weekend. He looked so effortless and fluid in all of his events.”
Montgomery was also part of the Wolverines’ winning 4×400 meter relay team. Laine, senior Nick Rae, and junior Hayden Sumner were also part of the first-place relay team.
The event served as the finale of the championships, and followed the Lady Wolverines’ win in the same race.
“To see the (girls’) 4×400 win, and then back-to-back the boys come and win, that was so amazing,” said Yale. “I think the boys were inspired and fired up because they were out on the field watching the girls and when Ava Seelenfreund held off the Spring Creek girl through the finish, the boys were so fired up they went for it and put it out there.
“For us to win both, just spoke volumes about this team just having a lot of guts and grit and drive and determination. It was unbelievable.”
Individually, Sumner set personal records in each of the hurdling events, and captured first place in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 40.92. Sumner’s time in the 300-meter hurdles is the fastest in Truckee history. His time of 16.24 in the 110-meter hurdles is also a school record.
Truckee senior Nick Rae set a personal record in pole vault to qualify for state, clearing 10 feet, 9.00 inches for fourth place. Rae broke his school record in the event.
The Truckee boys finished the meet with 84 points for fourth-place overall. Churchill County won the regional championship with 117 points. The Truckee boys also set 17 personal records at the meet.
Seelenfreund triples up on gold
Seelenfreund, a senior, led the girls’ team at the meet, winning gold in a pair of individual events and propelling the 4×400 meter relay team to victory.
Seelenfreund posted her best mark of the season in the 400 meters to claim first place, finishing the race with a time of 59.60. She won the 300-meter hurdles with a personal-record time of 45.80.
“They were back-to-back events,” said Yale. “She won the 400, came back maybe 50 minutes later and just killed it in the 300 meters.”
In the 4×400 meter relay, Seelenfreund teamed up with junior Deanna Sunnergren, sophomore Amelia Swanson, and junior Isabella Terrazas. As the anchor, she received the baton roughly 25 meters behind race leaders, Spring Creek, according to Yale, but managed to track down the Spartans runner to give Truckee the win.
“(Seelenfreund) is a true competitor,” said Yale. “Nicest person you’d ever meet, but you get her on the track and she’s got this desire to win.”
Sunnergren, sophomore Alia Sinoff, sophomore Ali Barrett, and Seelenfreund raced to a third-place finish in the 4×200 meter relay. Barrett and Sinoff qualified for state along with junior Natalie Lang-Ree, and senior Zoe Brunings in the 4×100 meter relay, finishing in third place.
Truckee’s 4×800 meter relay team of Terrazas, freshman Petra Kidd, Sunnergren, and sophomore Lauren Tanner took second place as each of the girls’ relay squads earned state berths.
Individually, Tanner set a personal record in the 400 meters, finishing with a time of 1:00.91 for third place. Tanner also ran to a season-best time of 2:23.06 in the 800 meters to claim another bronze medal.
Sunnergren qualified for state with a second-place finish in the 800 meters, crossing the line with a personal-record time of 2:22.08.
Brunings qualified for state in the 100-meter hurdles, finishing in fourth with a time of 16.72 for a personal record. Senior teammate, Madison Earley finished in third place in the event, setting a personal record with a time of 16.70.
trUCKEE GIRLS: 17 PERSONAL RECORDS
In the field events, Lang-Ree finished second in pole vault with a personal record, clearing 10 feet, 6.00 inches. Freshman Nynke Propstra also qualified for state with a fourth-place finish in high jump, clearing 4 feet, 8.00 inches.
Truckee freshman Jasmine Harris qualified for state in a trio of events. Harris claimed second in the 400 meters with a time of 1:00.13. She was third in the 200 meters with a time of 26.24 and fourth in triple jump with a personal-record mark of 32 feet, 6.50 inches.
The Truckee girls set 17 personal records at the meet and repeated as the Northern League runners-up with 143.5 points. Spring Creek took the regional title with 182.5 points.
In total the Truckee boys and girls set 60 season records at the meet.
“Every kid stepped up … it was amazing,” said Yale. “And so now we’re just trying to put our best athletes forward for these relays for girls and see if we can get some state titles in both individual and relay events. Anything can happen at a state meet.”
The 3A Nevada State High School boys & girls Track & Field Championships will be contested this Friday and Saturday at Desert Oasis High School in Las Vegas.
Justin Scacco is a reporter for the Sierra Sun. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.