Personal records set for track team
Truckee’s young team of dedicated tracksters traveled to Reed High School in Sparks last weekend for the most competitive meet of the 2001 season.
Sharing the track and field with athletes from 4A schools raised the bar for Coach Rich Silver’s small squad, resulting in personal record times for several Wolverine runners.
Sophomore Iran Manzano set both a PR and sophomore record in the 1600 meter event, claiming fifth place with a speedy 5:05 performance. David Desantes also ran in for a PR in the 1600 m.
Ryan Campbell and Brian York claimed respective second and sixth place honors in the 800 m in a field of strong 4A competitors. Andrew Van Blarigan also set a personal record in the 3200 m, finishing eighth in his event.
Sophomore Kyle Shane came home with a third place in the high jump with an impressive 5’9″ completion – a season PR. Shane also collected a fourth place spot in the triple jump.
For the ladies’ varsity team, Betsy Van Blarigan was seventh overall and second in 3A standings with a PR in the 1600 m. Van Blarigan also finished eighth in the 3200 m event.
Leading the entire length of the race, Kristine Bena ran a thrilling 400 m and was beat out at the tape for a second place finish. Jacqueline Diez equaled her PR in the high jump with a 4’11” attempt that won her fourth place honors.
In the 800 m, Andrea Richards ran in for a PR to add to the list of Wolverine bests. Darcy Spencer also came away with a PR in the opening leg of the 4×800 relay.
The dominating 4×200 relay team of Casey Nelson, Elias Silver, Evan Birchard and Ryan Campbell finished fifth overall and second among 3A teams. The foursome also clenched first place among 3A teams in the 4×400 relay, finishing fifth overall.
Elias Silver suffered his first defeat in over a year in the 1600 m, coming in third behind two strong Hug opponents.
In the 3200 m, Graham Herr landed in sixth place with a speedy run.
“The future of Truckee track is bright.
We have so many young runners who are really strong and we are continuing to improve as a team,” said Silver.
League competition begins this Saturday at Lowry at 9 a.m.
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