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Track team hot at Spring Creek

Lara Mullin, Sierra Sun

The small squad of runners and field athletes that make up the Wolverine track team may be young, but continue to prove they are not lacking in ability.

Last Saturday Truckee traveled to Spring Creek to compete amidst a field of 1A, 2A, 3A and 4A schools and returned home with several medals and personal record (PR) performances to show for their effort.

The JV boys 4X800 team recorded the fastest time among JV teams and medaled with a second place overall finish. The foursome of Iran Manzano, Brian York, Michael Hackley and David DeSantes trimmed 19 seconds off their best posted time, despite the absence of Ryan Campbell.

The boys 4X400 team of Paul Keckley, Michael Hackley, Kyle Shane and Colin Flauta also ran a tough race, coming in fourth place overall. Colin Flauta clenched first place in the JV boys’ 200 meter race, finishing fourth overall while Paul Keckley ran in for ninth place in the field.

Missing a five-minute mile by a mere two seconds, Iran Manzano posted his best mile time for the 2001 season with a 5:02.00 performance, taking first among JV competitors and fourth in the pack. Also taking first among JV runners in the 800 meter race was Brian York, who claimed fourth among all competitors.

Kristine Bena led the day for the girls’ team, sweeping the 100, 200 and 400 meter races and beating her rival Chelsea Wilson of Spring Creek in the latter two events. The girls’ 4X800 team of Kim Lewis, Kate Grodan, Caitlin Steverman and Darcy Spencer PR’d for the season in the relay, while Lewis, Grodan and Steverman also posted personal best times in the open 800 meter race. Alisha Blout took home eighth place in the 100 m hurdles to round out the day for TTHS.

Coach Silver and his team led the JV competitors, finishing first in the junior division and ninth overall among all teams.

“As a team we are getting better. Our relays are faster and the runners are working hard,” said Silver.

The team will travel to Colfax on April 28 after a week off from competition.


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