Medals galore for track team at Colfax
“We went to the gold country and found gold,” said Wolverine track Coach Rich Silver earlier this week.
TNT’s small team traveled to Colfax last Saturday to compete against 12 schools in three divisions and came home weighed down by medals. Although the Wolverine varsity boys’ team consists of a mere five athletes, they garnered four first place finishes and finished fifth overall in a field of deep teams.
The foursome of Casey Nelson, Elias Silver, Evan Birchard and Danny Shannon swept the favored home team in the 4×400 relay, taking a first place medal with a time of 3:37.00. Another first place performance was delivered by the boys’ 4×100 relay team.
Elias Silver continued his impressive season with two more first place finishes to add to his belt in the boys’ open 400 and 800 races. Following closely behind Silver in the 400 race were Casey Nelson and Evan Birchard, who finished fourth and fifth respectively.
A 10:48 two-miler by Graham Herr not only earned him fourth place in the field, but also his first personal record (PR) this season. This momentum carried Herr into the mile event, where he gathered another PR time of 5:01 and a sixth place finish.
The ladies’ team finished fourth out of 13 on Saturday, with two first place finishes by Kristine Bena in the open 100 and 400 races. The relay team of Jacqueline Diez, Stephanie Kendrick, Alisha Blout and Bena also came away with two second place medals in the 4×100 and 4×400 relays.
Diez stayed strong in the field events with a third place high jump effort and fourth in the long jump. Blout ran a fluid 300 m hurdles race for a sixth place finish and Katie Grodan grabbed a sixth place rank in the ladies’ open 800 with a PR run.
The JV boys’ team added a coveted trophy to the TTHS case with a second place overall finish on Saturday. The squad of 12 boys were rewarded with four first places for their efforts against a strong field of competitors.
Kyle Shane controlled the field for the Wolverines with a first place high jump and Colin Flauta was the first to cross the line in both the 100 and 200 meter races. The boys’ 4×400 relay team of Iran Manzano, Kyle Shane, Michael Hackley and Ryan Campbell also won their event, finishing just two seconds shy of the meet record set in 1986.
A second place triple jump by Kyle Shane topped off several second place medals for the JV team, as the 4×100 relay team also clenched the number two spot. In the open 800 m, Ryan Campbell landed in second place with a solid run.
Iran Manzano just missed the five-minute mile mark for a third place finish and Paul Keckley and Richard Home finished the open 400 in fourth and fifth, respectively. Brian York added a fourth place score to the TNT tally in the 800 m race, and Nate Engblom threw for an additional fourth place rank in the discus.
Andrew Van Blarigan finished the day with a sixth place performance in the two-mile event adding to the team’s combined score.
“Our teams are small and that makes it difficult to compete in rankings with schools that have big teams. We certainly have some of the best track athletes competing in Nevada and I am really pleased with their progress individually,” added Silver.
The final league meet is this Saturday at Yerington and Regionals begin on May 12 at Yerington.
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