Truckee track and field | Oberriter sets school record; girls 3rd at Fallon |

Truckee track and field | Oberriter sets school record; girls 3rd at Fallon

Truckee’s Carrie Bradley takes the baton during the girls 4 x 800 relay on Saturday at the Fallon Elks Invitational. Truckee won the race with a time of 10 minutes, 20.3 seconds.
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Truckee will compete in the Reed Invitational on Friday and Saturday in Sparks and the Stanford Invitational the same days.

The Truckee track and field team continue to show promise as they march toward regionals in early May. Last Saturday the Wolverines traveled to Fallon for the 43rd Annual Fallon Elks Invitational along with 21 other teams from across Northern Nevada, including their entire slate of Division I-A competition.

Head coach Diana Yale was impressed once again by the teams’ performances. 

“It was another strong showing for the team, with many personal records and season bests,” said Yale, whose girls squad placed third with 84 points, losing only to DI teams McQueen and Galena. Truckee’s boys tied for 10th with 21 points.

Senior Noah Oberriter set a new school record in the 1,600-meter run with a time of 4:32, breaking his own record from last season by more than two seconds.

“Noah looked really strong breaking his own school record, and he knows he can run even faster,” Yale said.

Oberriter finished fifth in the race and came back later in the afternoon to place third in the 3,200 with a time of 9:57. Newcomer Zack Barta, a sophomore, narrowly missed a top-10 finish in the first 2-mile run of his high school track career, placing 11th in 10:49. 

Other top individual track finishes among the boys team included Colin Deurlington’s fourth-place finish in the 800 (2:02.7) and 15th place in the 200 (24.12), and Eli Yale’s fifth place in the 800 (2:05).

Top field finishers included another sophomore newcomer, Wulfe Retzlaff, who finished 15th in the discus (107-10) and 19th in the shot put (38-02), and Eli Delaunay, who placed 13th in the triple jump (35-11) and 20th in the long jump (17-04.75). 

The Truckee girls dominated the distance and middle distance events, registering 10 top-10 finishes. In the 400, Julia Veliquette placed third (62.69), Olivia Yale was fourth (63.59) and Heather Pendleton sixth (64.52). In the 800, senior Skyler Flora won with a time of 2:21.1, while Claire Lang-Ree placed fourth (2:28.3) and Emma Warren was fifth (2:30.1).

In the 1,600, senior Gabrielle Rinne just missed breaking the 30-year-old meet record by less than two seconds with her win in 5:13.8. Sophomore teammate Syra Fillat finished ninth (5:53.7). In the 3,200, sophomores Carrie Bradley and Amanda Rae brought their cross-country running talent to the track with fourth- and ninth-place finishes, respectively, in 12:50 and 13:06. 

Truckee girls also showed promise in the hurdling events. In the 100 hurdles, Nicole Rathbun placed 10th (18.02), Olivia Koster was 11th (18.09) and Lindsay Steinmaus 14th (18.61). In the 300 hurdles, Steinmaus placed sixth (52.24), Rathbun eighth (53.55) and Koster 14th (54.99). 

On the field, Chloe Wall pole vaulted into seventh place (8-06) and Pendleton high jumped into sixth place (4-08). In the triple jump, sophomores Hayley Thomas (31-06.25) and Marlena Montano (30-00.75) finished 10th and 12th, respectively. 

The girls 4 x 800 and 4 x 400 relay teams bookended the meet perfectly with big wins. Starting off the meet, the all-sophomore 4 x 800 team of Lang-Ree, Veliquette, Bradley and Fillat won easily in 10:20, with a 10-second lead over their D-IA rival Spring Creek, which finished in second.  

The perfect end to the meet was a come-from-behind win by the girls 4 x 400 relay team consisting of Yale, Pendleton, Flora and Rinne in 4:12.17 over McQueen in 4:14.29 and 12 other teams. Truckee registered the second fastest meet time since 2005, less than three seconds off the meet record. 

“Seeing our 4 x 4 girls win gold at Fallon battling McQueen was awesome,” Yale said. “A third place overall for girls, competing against large schools, shows our depth and strength. Our boys overall, placing in the middle of all teams, shows that our boys team is developing and improving.” 

Many of the younger athletes competed the previous day at the High Desert Frosh/Soph Invitational at McQueen. Taking a page from their older counterparts, the girls team also placed third overall in a field of mostly DI teams, and ran to an exciting victory in the 4 x 100 relay. Between the boys and girls teams, there were a total of 22 top-10 finishes. 

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