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Track and field team battled elements by running in hallways

Truckee’s wintry climate can make training a challenging experience for many sports teams, and the 2004 Truckee High School track and field team was no exception.

Starting in early March with ample snow still on its track, the team began sprinting over hurdles, starting in blocks and passing relay batons in the high school hallways. They also ran on the snow-plowed roads and trained in the gym.

Once the snow melted, athletes took to the oval and were able to have more typical track workouts. Despite the unpredictable spring weather, seven athletes qualified for the Nevada 3A state track meet at Reed High School in Sparks on May 22.

Two of those athletes medaled, including Maisha Goodpaster placing first in the triple jump, and Remy Denton, fourth in the 400 meters. The next highest Truckee finisher was Allyson Flauta in the 100 meters, placing fifth with a personal best of 13.40.

Remy Denton’s performance is noteworthy since this was his rookie season in track. A graduating senior and one of three valedictorians, Denton finished fourth with a season best in the 400 meters of 52.30. He also led the 4×200 relay team to a sixth place finish.

Having competed four years in soccer, two in spring club soccer, and spending a spring semester in India as a middle school English teacher, Denton decided to try out for spring track as a senior. The team was glad he did.

“Remy is an extremely dedicated and hard-working athlete,” said coach Bob Blount. “I wish we could have him another year or more.”

Denton said he enjoys track because, “It’s much more intense than team sports. You have to start in the blocks, and it’s about you as an individual, fast and pure. You against the clock, against yourself.”

And Denton usually beat the clock, setting a personal record each time he took to the track. Denton plans to travel to New Hampshire and attend Dartmouth College in the fall.

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