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Truckee track and field | Wolverines competitive in large-school meet

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With less than a month before the Northern Division I-A regional championships, the Wolverines have three more California sea-level meets over the next three weeks: Del Oro this Friday, then West Valley and the Sacramento Meet of Champions.

On the tail end of spring break, the Truckee track and field teams traveled to Rocklin High School for the Thunder Invitational last Saturday.

Fielding a smaller squad than usual, the teams nevertheless took advantage of the opportunity to compete at sea level at a quality facility against a highly competitive field of 30 teams. 

Among varsity boys, Truckee senior Noah Oberriter earned the top results of the day with a third-place finish in the 3,200-meter run (9:57.65) and an eighth place in the 1,600 (4:35.37).

Junior Colin Deurlington finished seventh in the 800 (2:05.47), while on the field, senior Tanner Sawyer achieved a new personal record (PR) in the long jump, placing 14th (19-00). 

Truckee’s JV boys showed their promise in the frosh/soph races, with sophomore newcomer Zack Barta achieving two PRs in the 1,600 (4:48.42), placing third, and in the 3,200 (10:41.56), placing fifth. Other top finishers included sophomore Teliz Manahan’s 16th place in the 400 (57.66) and 18th in the long jump (17-01), and sophomore Hudson Verbeck’s ninth place in the 1,600 (4:57.42) and 11th place finish in the 3,200 (11:04.69). 

Among Truckee’s varsity girls, Julia Veliquette raced to a seventh-place finish in the 800 with a PR of 2:24.71, while junior Olivia Yale placed 11th in the 400 with a PR of 1:02.15.

Sophomore Carrie Bradley earned two PRs as well, in the the 3,200 (12:39.93), placing 18th, and in the 1,600 (5:39.14), placing 24th. Sophomore Claire Lang-Ree finished 20th in the 1,600 (5:36.82) and 22nd in the 800 (2:35.48). 

Junior Nicole Rathbun enjoyed success in both her hurdling events, placing 10th in the 300 (52.51) and 14th in the 100 (18.17). Fellow junior hurdler Lindsay Steinmaus finished 14th in the 300 (53.33) and 19th in the 100 (18.74). 

In the field events, Chloe Wall finished seventh in the pole vault (9-00) and Steinmaus was 15th in the long jump (14-02).

Truckee’s JV girls also showed promise in the frosh/soph races. Freshman Abby Baier had a banner day on both the track and field, finishing 13th in the 200 (29.28), fifth in the long jump (14-06) and ninth in the triple jump, the first two of which were PRs.

Sophomore Hayley Thomas also excelled at the jumps with two PRs, finishing third in the triple jump (31-09) and fourth in the long jump (14-09). Sophomore Marlena Montano displayed her field prowess in both jumps and throws, placing seventh in the triple jump (29-09), 14th in the shot put (24-07.50) and 17th in the discus (60-07). 

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Flora, Rinne fare well in elite meet

Meanwhile, senior standouts Skyler Flora and Gabrielle Rinne made their third and final trip to participate in the Arcadia Invitational in Southern California, one of the biggest and most selective early-season meets in the country.

Merely qualifying for the event is a major feat. Both returned with national elite rankings and times in their signature events.

On Friday evening, Flora broke her own school record in the 3,200, placing sixth with a time of 10:52.75, which is the 83rd-fastest time in the country, in a field of over 10,000 high school girls.

On Saturday, Rinne ran her fastest 800 of the season, placing ninth in her heat with a time of 2:14.40, which is the 49th-fastest time in the nation in a field of over 20,000 high school girls.

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