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Students test physical skills at meet

James Ball

For the past 12 years, Truckee students have gathered each spring to test their running, jumping and throwing prowess against their peers at the Truckee Track Meet.

This year’s free event, conducted last Friday at the Sierra Mountain Middle School track and soccer field, drew more than 130 children from Truckee and the surrounding areas.

Originally the Arco/Jesse Owens Games until sponsorship was dropped, the meet has evolved to become simply the Truckee Track Meet, a chance for local children to shed the winter blues for spring’s warmer, longer days and to find out if they have the skills it takes to walk away with the gold.

“It’s designed to be an introductory event for the kids to find out if they like track,” said organizer Dan O’Gorman of the Truckee-Donner Recreation and Park District. “If so, we take it from there.”

Competitors, ranging from those born in 1984 to those born in 1991, chose from several events, including the ever-popular 50-yard dash to the power jump and the softball distance throw.

The following are the results from last week’s Truckee Track Meet:

Group 1: (born 1990-91)

50 yard dash – (1) Lou Bartolini, (2) John DePew, (3) Eric Pratt

50 yard dash – (1) Kori Haleck, (2) Jennifer Martensen, (3) Noelle Adams

100 yard dash – (1) John DePew, (2) Lou Bartolini, (3) Patrick Galvin

100 yard dash – (1) Kori Haleck, (2) Melanie Lashbrook, (3) Jennifer Martensen

Softball throw – (1) Jennifer Martensen, (2) Noelle Adams, (3) Allee Marcrori

Softball throw – (1) Patrick Galvin, (2) Lou Bartolini, (3) Evan Hyland

Power jump – (1) John DePew, (2) Matt Aaron, Eric Pratt

Group 2: (born 1988-89)

50 yard dash – (1) Samantha Saquella, (2) Melissa Kleffman, (3) Kayla Mariani

100 yard dash – (1) Jeremy Adams, (2) Gabe Davis/ Casey Haskell/ Brett Davis

100 yard dash – (1) Samantha Saquella, (2) Kayla Mariani, (3) Maisha Goodpaster/ Alexis Auckenthanler

200 yard run – (1) Jeremy Adams, (2) Gabe Carlson, (3) Gabe Davis/ Brett Davis

200 yard run – (1) Samantha Saquella, (2) Maisha Goodpaster, (3) Melissa Kleffman

Softball throw – (1) Jeremy Adams, (2) Brett Davis, (3) Gabriel Davis

Softball throw – (1) Samantha Saquella, (2) Amanda Thorsby, (3) Jennifer Geresy

Power jump – (1) Bryan Mann, (2) Jeremy Adams, (3) Gabriel Davis/ Casey Haskell

Power jump – (1) Samantha Saquella, (2) Maisha Goodpaster, (3) Lisa Ford

Group 3: (born 1986-87)

100 yard – (1) Victor Diaz, (2) Ruben Martinez, (3) Marc Ventre

100 yard – (1) Kelly Ward, (2) Jessica Waldo/Andrea Rogiers, (3) Jenny Baker/ Jesse Lamm

200 yard – (1) Ramiro Aguilar, (2) Joaquin Goodpaster, (3) Victor Diaz

200 yard – (1) Kelly Ward, (2) Jessica Waldo, (3) Jesse Lamm

400 yard – (1) Ramiro Aguilar, (2) Victor Diaz, (3) Gren Beno/ Travis McIver

400 yard – (1) Jessica Waldo, (2) Andrea Rogiers, (3) Jesse Lamm

800 yard – (1) Ramiro Aguilar, (2) Victor Diaz, (3) Sam Meskiman/ Gordon Neelands

800 yard – (1) Jessica Waldo, (2) Andrea Rogiers, (3) Jenna Lowrence

Softball throw – (1) Jeremy Bosserman, (2) Marc Ventre, (3) Kyle Adams

Softball throw – (1) Jesse Lamm, (2) Kelly Ward, (3) Jessica Waldo

Power jump – (1) Andrea Rogiers, (2) Kelly Ward, (3) Jesse Lamm

Group 4 (born 1984-85):

100 yard – (1) Richard Baker

100 yard – (1) Laura Ford

400 yard – (1) Richard Baker

400 yard – (1) Laura Ford

800 yard – (1) Richard Baker

800 yard – (1) Laura Ford

Softball throw – (1) Richard Baker

Softball throw – (1) Laura Ford

Power jump – (1) Richard Baker

Power jump – (1) Laura Ford

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