Truckee track and field: Wall, Wapstra-Scott shine for Wolverines
While only a handful of Truckee track and field athletes competed last weekend, two of them ended up at the top of the Division I-A standings for the entire state.
Small squads traveled to the Big George Invitational at Douglas High School and to the Sacramento Meet of Champions at American River College last Saturday.
At the Big George Invitational, Chloe Wall dominated on both the track and the field. Not only did she earn new personal records (PR) in the 100 (13.60) and 200 (27.88), placing seventh and fourth, respectively, she vaulted to the top of the state rankings in the pole vault with her 11-foot leap, a full foot higher than second-place Marissa Richey of Elko. She also broke her own Truckee record, also by a foot.
“It was a huge day for Chloe,” Truckee coach Diana Yale said. “She showed confidence and determination to manage all three events because pole vault can be so mentally challenging.”
In other action, the boys 4 x 800 team of Kyle Nicely, Zach Williams, Hudson Verbeck and Ryan Murphy landed on the podium with their third-place finish in 8:46. Yale was especially impressed by the courageous and gutsy leg run by Nicely, for a new PR.
Meanwhile, at the Sacramento Meet of Champions, Brenna Wapstra-Scott continued her mastery of middle-distance events with her second-place finish in the afternoon running of the 800, with an impressive four-second PR of 2:15.83.
This gives her a seven-second lead over Spring Creak’s Julia Mahlke in the NIAA rankings. Wapstra-Scott also sits atop the rankings in the 1,600 with a 5:18, which represents a 10-second lead over Dayton’s Zaria Landis.
Heather Pendleton matched her PR of 5 feet in the high jump, despite high winds, placing ninth. Colin Deurlington and Lindsey Steinmaus also qualified to compete in the 300 hurdle, and came close to matching their PRs.
For complete results from both meets, go to http://www.athletic.net.
With just two weeks left until regionals, assistant coach Rob McClendon is optimistic: “Training is really starting to pay off for these athletes just in time right before regionals. We will see some more personal bests at the regional meet and state meet.”
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