State meet the best day ever for Truckee track team
For a day and a half, the Truckee High boys track team was in first place at the Nevada State Track Meet in Las Vegas. For head coach Diana Yale and the other four coaches, this was new territory; no one wanted it to end.
-It all started with the 4×800 relay team of Kyle Britto, Sean Estabrook, Michael O’Conner and Mark Ochoa coming in sixth place. Next up was the boys 4×200 relay team of Randon Nunez, Cole Froelich, Kellen Bonham and Jamie Maehler, which proved to be the fastest in the state by winning a gold medal with a time of 1:33:56. That race was followed by Gordon Neelands’ second-place finish in the 1600, and Maehler’s second-place in the 400.
-Truckee also took first place in the long jump competition, with Kyle Adams leaping to a gold medal with a jump of 19’11”, a feat Yale said is exceptional considering how little practice Adams has had this year. She contributes natural athleticism to his success.
Nunez placed fifth with a jump of 19′. To top it off, Bonham won the 200 with a time of 23.56. Maehler placed third and Nunez sixth. The boys team finished the day in first place, with 62 points.-
“It was an amazing first day for this team,” Yale said. “They were motivated to do well, and every athlete stepped up and proved THS Track was in the running for gold.”
-With athletes in only two events on the second day, holding the lead was tough. In the 100, Bonham finished second, Maehler fifth, and Daniel Ballou seventh. Froelich also finished seventh in the 300 hurdles. But the efforts were not enough to hold the first-place standing, and the boys fell to fourth place overall, ahead of Spring Creek and North Tahoe.-
“We just needed a few more athletes to fill in the field events for points,” Yale said. “With only ten boys scoring, it was still an outstanding performance.”
-The girls team, with a sixth-place finish overall, was just as impressive. In fact, it was the best finish ever for the Truckee High School girls track team.
The Girls 4×800 relay team of Whitney Brixey, Maisha Goodpaster, Camille Gannam and Melanie Lashbrook finished in second place. Brandy Macken finished sixth in the 100, which added more points to the team standings. The 4×100 relay team, run by Allyson Flauta, Erin Gamet, Shannon Holt and Lindsey Holt, finished third with a team-best time of 53.77. –
“The hand-offs were perfect,” Truckee track coach Bob Shaffer said.-
The girls 4×400 relay team of Lindsey Holt, Katie Flaherty, Vanessa Blount and Lashbrook finished the night with a fifth-place finish, adding to the highest ever point-total in a state track meet for Truckee girls.-
Kalei Cofer also finished sixth in the 110 hurdles. Brixey finished fifth in the two mile, Lashbrook-was seventh in the 400 and sixth in the 800, and Lindsey Holt took eighth in the 400 and seventh in the 200. In field events, Goodpaster finished fifth in the long jump and fourth in the triple jump. The 4×200 team of Lauren Altieri, Cofer, Shannon Holt, and Brandie Macken placed fifth.
-Speaking for the coaching staff, Bob Blount said, “A few more qualified athletes may have given us the state championship. Without the cooperation of the coaching staff of Reno and McQueen High Schools for letting us train at their sports complexes, we may not have been as successful with this year’s track team. It is tough training in the school halls, running on the roads, and training on a sometimes snow-covered and muddy track.”-
Coaches are already strategizing for next season, hoping to recruit more athletes and working toward building a long jump pit and shot and discus ring at the Truckee High track.-
“Who knows,” Yale said. “Someday, we may have ourselves an all-weather track facility ” what a score that would be for this team, this school, this community.”-
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