The Truckee High boys track team proved as competent in the classroom this spring as on the track ” maybe more so.
While the boys held their own in competition, bringing home multiple medals from the Nevada state championship on May 20, including a gold in the 4×200 relay, the team received recognition for its collective performance academically.
During the state meet, it was announced that the boys pulled the highest overall GPA in the state among 3A boys track teams, earning the squad the all-state academic award.
Wolverines head coach Diana Yale accepted the plaque that accompanied the honor.
“I’m definitely proud of them,” Yale said. “This shows they are looking at school as a priority, and that always should be the No. 1 focus.”
Yale said the team hauled in a GPA of 3.7, possibly 3.8 ” one of the two. And she wasn’t the only one proud of the team’s accomplishment.
“It makes me feel very good because that’s one of the things we stress here, is to be a student athlete,” said Bob Shaffer, Truckee’s athletic director and head football coach. “We really try to make (student athletes) think in that order: Student first, then athlete.”
The coach’s teachings must have sunk in, as the award is not the first for Truckee sports teams.
“I’m not going to say it’s rare,” Shaffer said, “because we’ve won the award in football in the past, and girls basketball and tennis. We’ve got several (all-state academic plaques) in our trophy case.”
Yale thinks there often is a direct correlation between success in sports and school. Her boys team proved just that. And she knows that the balancing act between the two is not easy.
“In most sports, the kids doing well academically also do well athletically,” she said. “The kids are pretty motivated, and they know they know they have to keep up with the academics to stay on the team. It’s difficult for the kids to juggle it all.”
But they did, and the boys track team managed to do so better than any of its counterparts in the state.
“Overall, we had a great boys team. They’re just great kids,” Yale said.
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