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Truckee athlete races to top-20 finish at Junior Olympic Nationals

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Courtesy of www.yoursportingimage.comTruckeeandamp;#8217;s Gabrielle Rinne races through a spray of water to a top-20 finish in the 1,500-meter run at the Junior Olympic Nationals in Wichita, Kan. Due to record temperatures in the Midwest, race officials mandated hosing off racers on each lap to prevent heat-related illness.
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Part of being a successful athlete is having an ability to transcend wild temperature extremes.As a Nordic skier competing in the USSA Junior Olympic Nationals in Minneapolis this past March, Truckee teen Gabrielle Rinneandamp;#8217;s last race of the week took place in bone-chilling 2-degree wind-chill conditions.Fast forward four months later and 105 degrees hotter to Wichita, Kan., where Rinne, 14, overcame sweltering heat and humidity to record quality finishes at the USATF National Junior Olympic Track andamp; Field Championships, held July 26-31.The Midwest is in the midst of one of the worst heat waves on record, with daily excessive heat warnings urging residents to restrict outdoor activities to early mornings and late evenings. It was no wonder that USATF officials mandated hosing off racers on each lap to prevent heat-related illness. They also performed post-race checks in the medical tent to ensure that participants were not experiencing heat exhaustion or worse.Conditions were not conducive to meet records, or even personal records. Rinneandamp;#8217;s first race took place in the late afternoon in searing 107-degree heat. She finished the youth girlsandamp;#8217; 800-meter race in 28th place with a time of 2:34. The next day was a bit cooler, yet slightly more humid. At 100 degrees at race time, Rinne managed a coveted top-20 finish, in 18th place, in the youth girlsandamp;#8217; 1,500-meter run with a time of 5:14.andamp;#8212; This article was submitted to Sports Editor Sylas Wright at swright@sierrasun.com.