Tracksters hope to capitalize on zones
Despite weather delays, the Tahoe-Truckee High School track team managed to finish zones, qualifying several members and teams for this week’s state meet.
At Elko this past weekend, Friday’s events were canceled due to thunderstorms, but the meet resumed Saturday without further delay.
In the boys’ races, the 4×800-meter team of Robby McClendon, Chris Birchard, Chris Waller and Dustin DeMont took third in 8:39.61, good enough to qualify the team for state.
In the 4×100, Seth Scribner, Victor Corral, Casey Nelson and Andrew “Rudy” Cross also placed third in 46.54, qualifying the team for state.
In the 100, Nick Candler was second in 11.43, qualifying him for state.
Nelson ran a personal best in the 100, with a finish of 11.97 for fifth place.
Candler also qualified for state in the 200 with a 23.23 finish, a personal record.
Also earning a personal record was Cross in the 200 with a 24.44 finish.
The 4×400 team also sealed a state bid with a first-place finish in 3:37.30, a team record.
The 4×400 consists of Candler, McClendon, Cross and Birchard.
Shot putter David Wells finished eighth with a 42’7.5″ throw and Nelson had a 117′ toss in the discus.
Jill Marchi took second in the 100 hurdles with a 17.76 finish, good enough to qualify her for state.
The girls’ 4×200 team of Natalie Bergman, Marchi, Megan Turner and Casja Larson was fourth for a personal record of 2:03.63.
Senior Christina Harvey will vie for the state title in the 1,600 and 3,200. She currently holds the state title in the 3,200, which she ran in 12:42 at the Elko meet for second place.
Also at the Elko meet, Harvey ran the 1,600 in her personal best yet -5:44.71 for second place.
Junior Corrie Crom also looks to defend her title in the high jump after placing second at the Elko meet with a 4’11” jump, her personal best. Crom had a personal best in the 300 hurdles with a finish of 52.84, but did not qualify for state in this event.
The girls’ 4×400 team of Bergman, Crom, Turner and Larson were fifth at the meet in 4:38.6, a team record.
The state meet gets under way Friday at 3 p.m. at Cheyenne High School in Las Vegas and continues at 9 a.m. on Saturday.
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