Truckee track | 12 Wolverines qualify for state championship
The young Truckee track and field team sent 25 athletes to the Northern 3A Regional Championships in Fallon this past weekend, where 12 of them advanced to state with top-five finishes.
With such a small team numbers-wise and#8212; the Wolverines were the second-smallest 3A team and#8212; the fifth-place Truckee girls missed the state cut by one place, while the Truckee boys finished eighth. Fallonand#8217;s boys won the regional title, and Elko won the girlsand#8217; title.
Sophomore sprinter Quinn Parker led the Truckee contingent with four podium finishes in the two-day meet. She won both the 200- and 400-meter dashes, was second in the 100, and was part of the third-place 4×400 relay team.
Parker, who was the only Truckee representative at state a year ago, will have plenty of company this time, as freshmen Skyler Flora and Gabrielle Rinne, as well as junior Jake Pettit, all qualified in three events. In addition Tareyn Ryan, Tyler Griffin, Alex Kopytko and Toby Ziegler all qualified in two events, while Javier Virrey, Trevor Mort, Aaron Deeter and John Guerra advanced to state in one event each.
Parker posted a winning time of 26.24 in the 200 to Elko runner-up Shaeli Wilsonand#8217;s 27.51. She finished the 400 in 58.84, while Kayla Carpenter of Elko was second in 61.61. Parker was runner-up to South Tahoeand#8217;s Danielle Cohn in the 100, posting a time of 12.85 to Cohnand#8217;s 12.79, while her teammate, Ryan, was third in 13.13. In the 4×400, Parker, Rinne, Flora and Ryan finished third in 4:18.15.
Flora was second to Elko senior MaryJo Wright in both the 1,600 and 3,200. She finished the 1,600 in 5:17.70 to Wrightand#8217;s 5:03.30, and the 3,200 in 11:47 to Wrightand#8217;s 11:34.80. Rinne also qualified with a sixth-place finish because her time of 5:32.80 was faster than the Southern 3Aand#8217;s third-place finish.
Rinne was third in the 800 in a time of 2:24.08. Wright also won that race in 2:17.23.
On the boysand#8217; side, the Wolverines excelled in the relay events, qualifying every team they entered.
In the 4×100, Virrey, Pettit, Mort and Griffin took third place in a time of 45.80 (Fallon won in 44.51). Truckeeand#8217;s 4×400 team of Pettit, Griffin, Kopytko and Ziegler placed fourth in 3:37.40 (Fallon won in 3:31.80). And the Wolverinesand#8217; 4×800 team, which was made up of Kopytko, Guerra, Deeter and Ziegler finished sixth in 8:42.70, which was faster than the Southern 3Aand#8217;s third place (Elko won in 8:17.70).
Pettit also qualified individually in the 100, as he finished fourth in a time of 11.87. Fallonand#8217;s Tyson Ernst won in 11.28.
State: The 3A State Championships are scheduled for Friday and Saturday at Damonte Ranch High School in Reno. Check http://www.niaa.com for a list of event start times.
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