Truckee track and field | More records for Wolverines in Oroville |

Truckee track and field | More records for Wolverines in Oroville

Truckee senior Noah Oberriter prepares for the starting gun. Oberriter set school records in both the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs.
Courtesy Patrick Flora |

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Truckee will compete in the Sacramento Meet of Champions at American River College on Saturday, May 2.

The West Valley Invitational in Oroville has always been a highlight of the Truckee track and field season.

Last Friday was no exception, as the girls earned a third-place finish and the boys placed fourth in a field that included over 40 schools. It was perhaps the best ever combined finish by the two teams in program history, certainly in recent memory. 

Truckee athletes set two new stadium records and four new school records. In addition, 31 Truckee athletes combined for 54 personal records (PR).

Senior standout Gabrielle Rinne earned two golds in the 800 and 1,600 invitational races, setting two new stadium records in the process.

Her performance in the 1,600, with a time of 4:57.27, was not only a new PR, it broke her own school record set last year on the same track. Her time in the event is the 58th-fastest in the country among a field of over 25,000 high school girls. Rinne also earned the Female Athlete of the Meet award. 

On the boys side, senior Noah Oberriter set two new school records in the 1,600 and 3,200, earning silver medals in both events. He ran the 1600 in 4.28.80, breaking his own school record set earlier this season by over three seconds. In the 3,200, Oberriter shaved over two seconds off the record set in 2008 by Micah Silver, finishing in 9:49.65.

Sophomore Heather Pendleton also broke her own school record set last week in the 300 hurdles, with a time of 50.41. Pendleton has only competed in the event twice this season, breaking a school record both times.

PR day

Beyond the realm of school record-breaking performances, the teams earned an unprecedented number of PRs in both the evening invitational events as well as the afternoon open competition.

Other top performances in the evening invitational events among the boys included Colin Deurlington’s second-place finish and PR in the 400 (52.30) and fifth place in the 800 (2:06), Tanner Sawyer’s fifth place in the long jump (20-03) and 12th in the 400 (53.92), Eli Yale’s seventh place in the 400 (53.10), and Gabe Deiro’s new PRs in both the 100 (11.58), for eighth place, and in the triple jump (37-04.50), which was good enough for 19th place.

Sophomore Zack Barta continued to rapidly improve in distance events with new PRs in both the 1,600 (4:43.52) and 3,200 (10:22.05), finishing 13th in both.

Among the girls, there were multiple top finishers in the mid-distance through distance invitational events, nearly all of which were PRs.

In the 400, Olivia Yale placed third (1:01.53), Julia Veliquette was sixth (1:03.19) and Sophie Curtis eighth (1:03.61). In the 800, Emma Warren finished seventh and Claire Lang-Ree 12th. In the 1,600, Skyler Flora finished third (5:07.66), Lang-Ree was 10th (5:21.92) and Warren 13th (5:24). In the 3,200, Carrie Bradley placed 12th (12:29.03), Amanda Rae 17th (12.52.78) and Syra Fillat 18th (12:59.19).

In the 100 hurdles, Nicole Rathbun finished 13th (17.41) and Olivia Koster was 15th (17.56), both of which were PRs. 

In field events, Pendleton placed sixth in the high jump (5-00) and 18th in the long jump (15-00.50), Chloe Wall was seventh in the pole vault (8-06.00) and Hayley Thomas was ninth in the triple jump (32-00).

Top-10 finishes in the open events among the boys team included Hudson Verbeck’s sixth place in the 800 (2:09.25) and seventh place in the 1,600 (4:49.67), Ryan Murphy’s seventh in the 800 (2:09.35), and Riley Welch’s sixth in the 300 hurdles (45.86). 

Top-10 finishes for the girls included Thomas’ first-place finish in the 200 (27.69) and Yale’s seventh place (28.24), Michaela Welch’s sixth place in the 3,200 (13.17.91), Koster’s third place in the 300 hurdles (51.93), and Lindsay Steinmaus’ fifth-place finishes in the 100 hurdles (18.23) and the 300 hurdles (52.72).

Relay success

High school track meets traditionally end with the exciting 4 x 400 relay. As Friday’s storm rolled in with its high winds and rain that would eventually turn into chain controls over the summit on their return trip home, the Truckee athletes persevered against their competition.

The girls “A” team of Olivia Yale, Veliquette, Pendleton and Rinne came within one second of winning the race, placing second to host West Valley in 4:13.13. The boys 4 x 400 team, comprised of Eli Yale, Sawyer, Carson Cottel and Deurlington, capped off the evening in fine form with a third-place finish in a season-best time of 3:36.56, less than two seconds behind winner Shasta (3:35.23).

“This was a huge day for our athletes on both teams,” said Truckee coach Diana Yale. “Third and fourth place overall in such a competitive meet shows that both teams are stepping up to prepare for regionals. The teams are looking strong overall; we just need to continue to stay focused, relaxed and confident going forward.”

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