Truckee track and field | Wolverine topples school record in 800 |

Truckee track and field | Wolverine topples school record in 800

Truckee junior Colin Deurlington established new school record in the 800-meter run at the Meet of Champions, posting a time of 1:59.15.
Courtesy Patrick Flora |

Regional championships

Regionals take place at Fernley High School this Friday and Saturday, May 8-9. The top four competitors in each event advance to the state championships the following week at Del Sol High School in Las Vegas. 

Truckee top-10 regional rankings



10. Gabe Deiro (11.58)


2. Colin Deurlington (52.30)


2. Colin Deurlington (1:59.15)

5. Noah Oberriter (2:00.41)

9. Eli Yale (2:04.57)


1. Noah Oberriter (4:28.80)

9. Zack Barta (4:43.52)

10. Hudson Verbeck (4:49.67)


2. Noah Oberriter (9:49.65)

4. Zack Barta (10:22.05)

10. Ian Smith (10:45.66)

4 x 100:

5. 45.29

4 x 400:

4. 3:36.56

4 x 800:

5. 8:52.28

Long jump:

4. Tanner Sawyer (20’6.5)

Triple jump:

10. Eli Delaunay (37’4.5)



10.Olivia Yale (28.20)


2. Gabrielle Rinne (60.27)

3. Olivia Yale (61.53)

6. Julia Veliquette (62.69)


1.Gabrielle Rinne (2:14.40)

2. Skyler Flora (2:21.10)

4. Julia Veliquette (2:21.66)

5. Emma Warren (2:24.00)

7. Claire Lang-Ree (2:27.00)


1. Gabrielle Rinne (4:57.27)*

2. Skyler Flora (5:07.66) 

4. Claire Lang-Ree (5:21.92)

5. Emma Warren (5:24.00)

10. Carrie Bradley (5:39.14)


1. Skyler Flora (10:52.75)*

6. Carrie Bradley (12:29.03)

8. Amanda Rae (12:52.78)

100 hurdles:

5. Nicole Rathbun (17.41)

7. Olivia Koster (17.56)

10. Lindsey Steinmaus (18.23)

300 hurdles:

8. Heather Pendleton (50.41)

9. Nicole Rathbun (51.21)

4 x 100:

5. 53.83

4 x 200:

3. 1:51.81

4 x 400:

1. 4:06.34

4 x 800:

2. 10:17.37

High jump:

1. Heather Pendleton (5’0)

Pole vault:

1. Chloe Wall (9’6)

Long jump:

4. Heather Pendleton (15’6)

10. Hayley Thomas (14’10.5)

Triple jump:

7. Hayley Thomas (32’5.75)

* Ranked No. 1 in Nevada, across all divisions.

On the weekend before regionals, the Truckee track and field teams had its first ever intrasquad meet on Friday and sent its largest ever contingent to the Sacramento Meet of Champions on Saturday. 

While no official results are available for the intrasquad competition, which was held at Reno High School, Truckee coach Diana Yale was enthusiastic: “It was a great team-building event and it also gave athletes a chance to try different events for fun. Many jumpers and throwers got their best marks of the season, which is perfect timing going into regionals.”

On Saturday, a select group of qualified athletes competed at the Sacramento Meet of Champions, held at American River College.

“It was the first time we had several athletes qualify,” Yale said, “and we hope for even more next year.” 

Senior Noah Oberriter, junior Colin Deurlington, and sophomore Julia Veliquette all ran new personal records (PRs) in the varsity 800-meter races. 

The highlight of the meet was Deurlington’s new school record in the event — the first sub-2-minute time in recent memory, 1:59.15, which placed him eighth.

Oberriter, competing in a different heat, finished close behind, 2:00.41, for 12th place. Veliquette continued to drop her time significantly, with a 2:21.66, which was good enough for 13th place. 

The girls 4 x 400 relay team — Gabrielle Rinne, Heather Pendleton, Veliquette and Olivia Yale — finished sixth with a time of 4:06.34, nearly a six-second improvement over the season’s previous fastest time. This is the top time in Northern Nevada Division’s I-A by a 10-second margin and second only to Faith Lutheran in the state.

“The girls 4 x 4 team looks strong, and when we improve handoffs this week, we will be in the running at state,” coach Yale said.

A slate of seniors qualified for the ultra-competitive invitational distance events, Rinne in the 1,600, Skyler Flora in the 1,600 and 3,200, and Oberriter in the 3,200.

Rinne placed fifth with a time of 5:01.68. Flora, who has battled illness and injury in the second half of the season, finished 16th in both events with times of 5:16.66 in the 1,600 and 11:40.64 in the 3,200. Oberriter finished 19th in the 3,200 with a time of 9:51.75.

Top-10 regional rankings

In the week leading up to regionals, Truckee’s boys occupy 13 top-10 slots in the Northern Division I-A rankings — 11 on the track and two in the field. The Wolverines are strongest in mid-distance to distance events, with three slots each in the 800, 1,600 and 3,200. Oberriter is ranked No. 1 in the 1,600. 

Truckee’s girls claim 27 top-10 slots, also heavily skewed toward the track with 22, and five on the field. In both the 800 and 1,600, the girls comprise half of the top 10.

In addition to their top-anked 4 x400 team, Truckee’s girls land at the top of the regional rankings in five individual events: Rinne in the 800 and 1,600, Flora in the 3,200, Pendleton in the high jump and Chloe Wall in the pole vault.

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