Truckee track and field | Wolverines fare well in opening meets
Truckee will compete in the Northwest Invitational at McQueen High School in Reno on Saturday, March 21.
With stellar performances in their first two meets, the Truckee track and field teams show great promise for the 2015 season.
“This team has spirit, enthusiasm and is very coachable,” said coach Diana Yale, undaunted by the record 63 athletes on the roster.
The Wolverines traveled to the Sparks High School Conference Meet on March 7 and the LeFebvre Relays at Placer High on March 13. These early-season meets are smaller, hand-timed and more relaxed, providing a perfect introduction for athletes new to the sport and a no-pressure warm-up for the more experienced competitors.
At Sparks, Truckee faced off against North Tahoe, Incline and Excel Christian.
The boys team recorded nine podium finishes in individual events: Carson Cottel (2nd) in the 100-meter dash; Eli Yale (1st) in the 200; Colin Deurlington (1st) and Hudson Verbeck (2nd) in the 1,600; Riley Welch (1st) and Tony Moretti (2nd) in the 110 hurdles.
In field events, Moretti finished second in the high jump and Eli Delaunay won the triple jump and placed second in the long jump.
The boys relay teams also shined. The 4×200 and 4×400 relay teams both placed second, while the two 4×100 teams placed third and fourth.
The girls team, the reigning Division I-A Northern Regional champions, registered 23 individual podium finishes: Heather Pendleton (2nd) and Julia Veliquette (3rd) in the 200; Gabrielle Rinne (1st) and Veliquette (2nd) in the 400; Rinne (1st), Olivia Yale (2nd) and Syra Fillat (3rd) in the 800; Michaela Welch (1st) in the 1,600; Skyler Flora (1st), Amanda Rae (2nd) and Welch (3rd) in the 3,200; Olivia Koster (1st), Lindsay Steinmaus (2nd) and Lexie Johnston (3rd) in the 100 hurdles; Steinmaus (1st) and Koster (3rd) in the 300 hurdles.
Results in the field events included Pendleton (1st) in the high jump; Chloe Wall (1st) in the pole vault; Steinmaus (1st), Pendleton (2nd) and Izzy Arbarno (3rd) in the long jump; Hayley Thomas (1st) and Marlena Montano (2nd) in the triple jump.
The girls team finished first in the 4×200, 4×400 and 4×800 relay races, and second and third in the 4×100.
“Our athletes had an impressive first meet with many personal bests, first-place finishes and gutsy performances,” Yale said. “Our relays even had smooth handoffs despite little or no practice. The hurdle and jumps team is growing, and because it has depth in many events it has potential, which is very exciting for all of us.”
The field of competitors at the 77th Annual LeFebvre Relays was much larger, with 13 California schools, including Division I Del Oro and Nevada Union. While official results were not available at press time, Truckee’s performance built upon the previous week’s successes, registering many more podium finishes and personal records.
“Both teams are showing depth and strength,” Yale said. “The boys are especially stepping up in field events to help round out that program. Vault program has six athletes this year, up from two last year. Hurdlers had excellent finishes, great form and impressive to have so many performing. Distance squads looked strong despite a very hard training week.”