Truckee track strong across the board
The numbers are consistent with the past: 31 boys, 18 girls, 49 total. But more importantly for the Truckee High track team, the Wolverines boast a wide range of athletes, some with sheer speed and hops, others with long-distance endurance and a handful with brute strength.Such a well-rounded group is not the norm.We feel we have talent, said Truckee head coach Bob Shaffer, who focuses on coaching the boys while Diana Yale leads the girls squad. Its pretty raw because we have some new kids who came out. But overall I think we have pretty strong track team this year. We have a good nucleus of veteran leaders.On the boys side, some of those veteran leaders include Micah Silver, Tucker Ballister, Evan Hyland, Max Salinger and Kevin Wood, Shaffer said, adding that Luis Aguilar, Hansen LeClair, Ryan Roberts and Ryan Macken should also bolster Truckees roster among others. Macken, a junior all-state linebacker on the football team and first-year track participant, will take on the throwing events shot put and discuss and possibly sprints, Shaffer said. Same with Aguilar. Shaffer expects Silver, LeClair and Salinger, all cross-country runners, to represent the Wolverines well in long-distance events, while the athletic Roberts an impact player in football and basketball should help out in the sprinting and jumping departments. Then theres Cory Sharp, Chris Gallagher and Vince Shaffer, all strong runners who make up the 4×800 relay team. Sharp, a sophomore, also likes the looks of his 4×100 relay team.Last year we went to state and got fourth. This year we have all the same guys, but were much faster, he said. As far as personal goals, Sharp said he hopes to run the 100 in under 11 seconds at the state meet on May 16-17. His fastest time so far is 11.4.On the girls side, top returners include Lindsay Holt, Melanie Lashbrook, Bernie Nelson and Kalei Cofer, as well as sprinters Kelsi Decker and Jules Parks, whos also a jumper.The girls who are out seem to be dedicated to working hard, so Im really enthusiastic about the team, Yale said. We have a good group of kids.Yale said shes also excited about having enough girls to fill every event. And both coaches are impressed with the teams dedication, despite having to train in the schools gym and halls while running hills in local neighborhoods.They have a great work ethic, Shaffer said.Hard to ask for much more.