Truckee is on track |

Truckee is on track

Track in Truckee is, at best, difficult to pull off.

With snow covering the dirt track in front of Sierra Mountain Middle School and the sides of roadways until well into May, practice for the Tahoe-Truckee High School track team is limited to the hallways of TTHS.

But the weather hasn’t for one second dampened the spirits of the Wolverine track and field team, which has traveled throughout the region over the past weeks to compete against the toughest schools in the state.

Last week at Colfax, the girls’ team finished in third place among 22 teams.

Admittedly, the team was a little shorthanded because of prom, which was that night, said head coach Bob Shaffer.

A highlight for the girls’ team was Corrie Crom’s five-foot high jump. This week, she will face a test in the form of tough divisional competitors at Dayton.

“She’s going against her best competition from Battle Mountain,” Shaffer said.

Christine Bena took second in the high hurdles (16.4) and second in the 100-meter dash (12.9).

The girls’ 4×400 relay team of Kirsten Seitz, Bena, Nicole Felix and Alicia Blount took third place.

On the boys’ side, Robby McClendon set a TTHS record with a 4:42 in the 1,600 (one mile) event.

Throughout the season, the story has been the boys’ 4X400 and 4X800 team of Chris Birchard, McClendon, Juan Aguilar and Elias Silver.

“They’ve done well all year, with several firsts at big invitationals,” Shaffer said. “They should do pretty well at zones.”

“We have struggled because of the weather, and having to practice inside,” Shaffer said, but added the team will ready for zones, which are two weeks away.

In related news, Shaffer was named TTHS athletic director after the resignation of current AD Chris Driesback.

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