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Track team performed at Yerington

Lara Mullin, Sierra Sun

Every player in the Northern Division came to the table to compare hands last Saturday at Yerington, in the last League track meet of the season.

“We definitely got a chance to see who is going to be competitive, though no one, including us, is showing their cards quite yet,” said Wolverine Coach Rich Silver.

Truckee continued to compete strong individually and Coach Silver is hoping these performances will be enough to carry some of his runners and field athletes to States in Las Vegas on May 18 and 19.

The boys’ team of Michael Hackley, Iran Manzano, Graham Herr and Ryan Campbell collected a PR time in the 4X800 relay, besting their fastest performance by over 16 seconds and collecting a third place medal. The female counterpart of the 4X800 team, Betsy Van Blarigan, Krista Anderson, Katie Groden and Andrea Richards, also crossed the line for a personal record (PR) time, landing a sixth place spot overall.

In the boys’ 4X200 event, Casey Nelson, Evan Birchard, Kyle Shane and Colin Flauta added a second place to the Wolverines’ tally and will be looking to secure a spot at the State tournament in two weeks.

The boys’ 4X400 team of Casey Nelson, Evan Birchard, Danny Shannon and Elias Silver clenched first place in their event, proving that the returning State Champions will once again be strong contenders in Las Vegas. The foursome of Jacqueline Diaz, Stephanie Kendrick, Julie Rueckheim and Alisha Blout also ran a smart, clean race to finish third in their event and will also be looking for post-season glory.

Sophomore Betsy Van Blarigan ran a solid 2-mile race for a second place and finished seventh in the pack in the one mile event. Kristine Bena, a leading runner for the Wolverines and State hopeful, entered only one event – finishing third in the 200 meter race.

Alisha Blout ran in for an impressive sixth place spot in the 300 meter hurdles and Jacqueline Diaz finished third in both the high jump and the long jump events. Another Wolverine standout, Elias Silver, took home a first place medal in the 800 m open race and finished fifth in the 400 m open event.

Matching his PR time in Colfax with another 10:48 run in the 2-mile – a performance good enough for a fifth place finish – Graham Herr will have to remain in the top five to qualify for State competition.

Closing out the field events, sophomore Kyle Shane pulled out a skillful 5’10” high jump to land in sixth place in his event and Janeth Corral and Nate Engblom both set PRs in the discus. Though he did not place overall, Matt Lagina threw for a PR in the shot put, landing over four feet further than his season best.

“We’re in the hunt,” said Coach Silver as the team travels to Yerington tomorrow and Saturday for Regional competition.

Races will begin at 3 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. on Saturday.


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