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Track team continues to improve

LARA MULLIN, Sierra Sun

Three meets into the season, the Wolverine track team has one focal point: becoming stronger, faster and tougher. Coach Rich Silver and his small team had a slow start to the 2001 schedule, but have been working hard to improve their times both individually and as a team unit.

“I can definitely see improvement, and we will only continue to get better as the season matures,” said Silver.

While the Truckee team has not posted extraordinary team results in meets thus far, they have witnessed a considerable number of personal records (PRs) from returning runners, which is very promising this early in the season.

Senior Casey Nelson posted his fastest time to date in the 400 meter while teammate Graham Herr ran in for a PR in the 1,600-meter. In a sprint to the line at last Saturday’s meet at Fallon, Betsy Van Blarigan not only beat out her opponent, but also set a new PR in the two mile with a near 30-second improvement over her best time. Van Blarigan also set a new PR in the 1,600-meter race at Fallon.

Looking strong in the last two meets is Elias Silver, who captured the team’s sole first place in the 800 m race last weekend. With a speedy 2:02.04, Silver carried the field the entire length of the track and easily took home top honors.

Jacqueline Diaz is another Wolverine that will be keeping the team in the running this season, with a first place high jump at Yerington two weeks ago and consistent improvement in practices. Diaz also anchored the girl’s 4×400 team at Fallon, taking her teammates Kristine Bena, Stacey Kendrick and Blout to a fourth place finish. The foursome ran the relay in 4:25.04 – two seconds faster than their best performance last year.

The boys’ 4×400 team also continues to improve and is working to defend their 2000 State Championship. The Wolverine pack consisting of Elias Silver, Evan Birchard, Ryan Cambell and Casey Nelson ran a 3:37.00 on Saturday at Fallon.

The girls’ 4×800 team has improved their time every week in practice and in each meet, yet have not garnered any wins so far this season. This weekend’s meet at Reed, which is the biggest and most competitive of its kind in Northern Nevada, will offer the boys’ 4×800 team their first chance to compete in the field.


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