Truckee track and field | Parker earns Wolverines’ only state berths
Truckee freshman sprinter Quinn Parker picked up right where she left off the regular season Friday at the Northern 3A Regional Track and Field Championships.
Only this time her impressive performance earned her a state championship berth in Las Vegas, where she will compete this weekend as the lone Truckee representative in two events.
After placing second in the 200-meter dash in her last regular-season meet, Parker repeated the feat in the event against the fastest runners in the Northern 3A, as she finished runner-up to Lisa Aguilar of Sparks with a personal-best time of 27.34 seconds. Aguilar posted a 27.13.
and#8220;It was awesome,and#8221; Truckee head coach John Falk said of Parker’s race.
In addition to earning a berth in the 200 at state, Parker also qualified in the 100 and#8212; just barely. She finished sixth in the race, recording a time of 13.42 seconds.
The top five finishers from the North in each event qualify for state, while the top two from the South advance. The eighth and final entry is determined by comparing the No. 3 finisher from the Southern League to the No. 6 finisher from the Northern League. Thus, Parker advanced with a better time than the third-place finisher from the South.
She’s the only female runner on the Wolverines’ eight-member team.
Among the Truckee boys, the 4×100 relay team made up of Austin Griffin, Jake Pettit, Brian Richey and Tyler Griffin recorded an eighth-place finish in a time of 47.55 seconds.
Austin Griffin ran a fine first leg of the relay despite a back injury that kept him out of his top two events, the high jump and triple jump.
His brother, Tyler Griffin, impressed his coach with a ninth-place finish in the 100, posting a personal-best time of 12 seconds flat.
and#8220;Running the 100 in the 11-second range is top notch, and he’s only a sophomore,and#8221; Falk said. and#8220;Given the data we’ve been collecting over the course of the season, both in practice sessions and in competition, I am convinced that Tyler Griffin has the skill set and innate ability to become a truly elite sprinter.and#8221;
Alex Kopytko was painfully close to securing a state berth in the 800, but he was overtaken on the final stretch of the race and finished 17th.
Gilles Ganassin, Truckee’s only senior, competed in the shot put and discus, while Kopytko also ran the 1,600 and 3,200, Simeon Murphy the 800 and 3,200, Pettit the 100 and 200, and Richey the 200.
and#8220;Given all the challenges our team faced this season, from not even knowing if they would have a team for the 2011 season to our almost exclusively indoor training, and being snowed out of two meets, I’m proud of the team’s individual and collective effort and improvement,and#8221; Falk said.
Complete results from regionals can be found at http://www.niaa.com.