Truckee runners compete in Junior Olympics
A group of 12 Truckee Racing Club runners competed in the USATF Cross Country Junior Olympics series held in November and December.
The series begins at the district level bringing together runners and teams from Northern California and Nevada. The District JO meet was held in Folsom on Nov. 22 and was the first step in qualifying for the National Junior Olympics.
To qualify to advance to the regional meet, runners need a top-30 finish, and the top five teams advance. The USATF Region 14 (central and Northern California) JO meet held was held in Fresno on Nov. 29.
Qualifying individuals and teams at the regional meet became eligible to compete in the National Junior Olympics, which this year was held in Albuquerque, N.M.
In the district JO meet, Truckee’s Montana Montgomery competed in the Boys 13-14 event, placing 37th in a very competitive field with an impressive time of 14:18.4 on the 4K course.
Truckee teammate Isabella Terrazas placed 14th in the Girls 13-14 event with a time of 15:02.9, which qualified her to compete in the USATF Region 14 meet in Fresno.
Truckee’s Wyat Peek and Diego Rodriguez qualified in the Boys 11-12 3K event with 19th- and 25th-place finishes, respectively.
The Truckee Racing Club’s Girls 11-12 team earned the title as District Champions, with Carly Davis placing second, Amelia Swanson sixth, Kaelin Woodruff 14th, Caitlin Smith 22nd, Hana Mazur 23rd, Sonny Strusinski 48th, Nynke Propstra 54th and AnnElise Cuneo 56th.
Eight of the Truckee Racing Club runners qualified for the Region 14 JO meet, and seven qualified for the USATF National Junior Olympics.
Terrazas placed 19th in the Girls 13-14, Davis placed fourth in the Girls 11-12, Swanson was 14th, Mazur 31st, Smith 35th and Cuneo 52nd, which collectively was good enough for a second-place overall team finish behind Region 14 champions McFarland Racing Club.
Boys 11-12 runners Rodriguez and Peek placed 29th and 31st, respectively, at the Region 14 meet, with Rodriquez’s top 30 qualifying him to the National meet.
The National Junior Olympics in Albuquerque was quite a spectacle, with over 2,900 of the country’s top junior cross-country athletes convening from all 50 states.
Davis had an outstanding performance in the cold and wet conditions, placing 20th in a field of 300 Girls 11-12 runners to receive National All-American (top 25) recognition. Davis ran the 3K course in an impressive time of 11:57.0.
Davis was followed by teammates Swanson in 86th, Mazur 197th, Smith 213th and Cuneo 254th. The girls placed 16th out of 23 teams.
Rodriguez placed 187th in the Boys 11-12 event out of a field of 312 runners with a time of 12:30.8 on the 3K course.
Terrazas finished an impressive 61st in the field of 302 Girls 13-14 runners, covering the 4K course in a time of 16:31.8.
Complete results from the National Junior Olympic cross country meet may be found at http://www.usatf.org.