Lake Tahoe School track team performing well over spring, summer
For the first time in Lake Tahoe School history, the school’s track and field team returned from the Carson City Championships this spring with a trophy in all four divisions.
Competing against 17 other middle schools and more than 600 athletes, the seventh-grade girls team took first place, the seventh-grade boys team took second place, and both the eighth-grade girls and boys teams finished third among small schools.
“I couldn’t be more proud of what this team accomplished at championships,” said Lake Tahoe School Track Coach Kris Nugent. “After seven years of coaching the Bobcat track team, this has been the most successful and rewarding by far. It was amazing to see all the kids’ hard work pay off. It was a great day to be a Bobcat.”
Athletes for the four Lake Tahoe School teams posted some impressive individual results, including first-place finishes from Millie Jenkins in both the high jump and the 80-meter hurdles, Brenda Martinez-Ruiz’s first place in the 200-meter hurdles, Gabby Rodda’s top time in the 3200 meter race, and Logan Eckert’s first-place toss in the discus.
The finishes allowed for a handful of Lake Tahoe School Bobcat athletes to compete June 25-26 in the USATF Region 16 National Junior Olympic qualifying meet at Sacramento State University.
The meet was composed of 1,000-plus athletes representing club teams from as far north as the California-Oregon border down to San Luis Obispo in central California on the south, including Northern Nevada.
Several athletes from Incline and Lake Tahoe’s North Shore represented the Lake Tahoe Bobcats, competing in scorching heat that hovered around 100 degrees for most of the weekend.
The highlight of the weekend was the 13-year-old Jenkins, who won her age division in the high jump. She successfully cleared 4 feet, 11 inches on her way to the victory.
This result clinched a spot in the upcoming National Junior Olympics in late July, where she will compete against the best track and field athlete’s in the country over a 5-day meet.
Jenkins also finished seventh in the 100m hurdles and 18th in the long jump. Teammate Jada Moore was not too far behind in these same events, as she finished 6th in the high jump, 9th in the 100m hurdles, and 23rd in the long jump. Martinez-Ruiz notched impressive results, as well, taking 13th in the 200m hurdles, 32nd in the 400m, and 40th in the 200m.
For the boys, Riley Rau was outstanding in the 13-14-year-old division for discus, as he qualified for the finals before finishing 8th with a throw on 90 feet, 1 inch. Rau also finished 14th in shot put.
Dylan Cleary clocked a time of 12.74 seconds in the 100m for the 13-14 year old boys on his way to finishing 22nd and a time of 25.49 in the 200m to finish 19th.
Eckert was 17th in the 15-16 boys discus with a throw of 75 ft, 7 inches. In the 3000m 13-14 year old boys race Nicholas Patrick finished 25th with a time of 11:23.93.
“I’m extremely proud of this team. We went against some of the best track athletes in the country in extremely tough conditions and my team rose to the challenge,” said Nugent, who accompanied the team to Sacramento. “I’m excited for Millie to now have the opportunity to compete on the National level in a few weeks at JO’s.”