Harvey leads track team in Vegas, reclaims state title in 3,200
Though the girls’ team finished in ninth place and the boys’ in twelfth, records were broken and one Tahoe-Truckee High School runner, Christina Harvey, reclaimed her state title at the state meet in Las Vegas over the weekend.
Head coach Bob Shaffer took 12 runners, sprinters and jumpers to the two-day state championships, but it was one runner, senior Harvey, who walked away with the highest honors.
In a personal best time of 12:08, Harvey cruised to victory in the 3,200-meter, successfully defending her state championship from 1997.
In the 1,600, Harvey, long considered a serious contender, finished second in 5:39.65, another personal best, capping off four years of record-breaking running.
“It’s hard to say the admiration that I have (for Harvey),” Shaffer said.
“It’s pretty tough to defend a title with everybody gunning for you.”
Harvey spent a better part of the season plagued by injuries, but Shaffer said her performance at the state meet goes to her determination.
“She didn’t have the year she wanted to have, but she showed her true grit by pulling out that victory,” Shaffer said.
Placing third in the 200 was senior Nick Candler, someone Shaffer said was an unlikely choice for sprinter early on.
“Last year as a junior, Nick had decent times but he thought he wasn’t really a sprinter.
“But we have coach Schilling, who’s a good sprinting coach that recognized his talent,” Shaffer said. “Through hard work he dropped his times and has been a big success for us this year.”
Candler took sixth place in 100 with a time of 11:45.
Candler was also a member of the medal-winning boys’ 4×400 team also consisting of Robbie McClendon, Rudy Cross and Chris Birchard; a team which took third with a personal best of 3:31.
The boys’ 4×800 team, which was McClendon, Chris Waller, Dustin DeMont and Birchard, also finished third in 8:34.5, a personal record for the team.
“Both teams did an outstanding job,” Shaffer said.
In other finishes, the 4×100 team of Seth Scribner, Victor Corral, Casey Nelson and Cross finished in 46.18, a team record, for seventh place.
Jill Marchi was fourth in the 100-meter hurdles in 17.76.
Junior Corrie Crom was fourth in the high jump in 5’2″.
Harvey was honored last night at a banquet recognizing the top-10 athletes in Northern Nevada.
North Tahoe took first in the girls’ division.
Moapa Valley claimed the boys’ state track title.
As for the team’s future, only a handful of seniors – four to be exact – will graduate, leaving the 1999 track team fairly in tact.
“I’m happy with the improvement I’ve seen and I hope next year to see more medals,” Shaffer said.
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