Truckee track and field: Wolverines heat up at Reed Sparks Rotary Invitational |

Truckee track and field: Wolverines heat up at Reed Sparks Rotary Invitational

Chloe Wall clears the bar in the pole vault Tuesday.
Courtesy Nick Lee |

The Truckee track and field squads traveled down to the Reed Sparks Rotary Invitational last weekend, competing against mostly large Division I schools, along with a nearly full slate of regional Division I-A competitors. 

In a field of 21 teams, the girls finished eighth overall and second among DI-A competition, while the boys squad finished 13th overall and sixth among DI-A teams. 

The girls registered three first-place spots on the podium with Brenna Wapstra-Scott in the 800 in 2:22.60, Heather Pendleton in the high jump of 4-10 and the 4 x 800 team of Wapstra-Scott, Carrie Bradley, Claire Lang-Ree and Olivia Yale in 10:10.25. 

Other top performances included Colin Deurlington’s fourth-place showing in the 800 (2:04.92) and sixth place in the 400 (51.80), which is the top DI-A time in the Northern region this season. Ryan Murphy was right behind Deurlington in the 800, finishing fifth (2:04.86).

Zak Barta’s sixth-place finish in the 1600 (4:36) was the third-fastest Northern Nevada regional time and fourth-fastest statewide in DI-A. 

Carrie Bradley dominated in the distance events, placing sixth in the 1,600 (5:34) and 10th in the 3,200 (12:52). Bradley is ranked No. 1 in the 1,600 and No. 5 in the 3,200 in Truckee’s league.

Sophomore Olivia Koster qualified for the finals in the 100 hurdles for the second year in a row, finishing seventh (17.76). Truckee girls dominated the 300 hurdles, with a quartet of strong finishes. Lindsay Steinmaus placed fifth (50.11), Pendleton placed seventh (50.59), Koster placed eighth (50.61) and Nicole Rathbun placed 19th (53.54) in a field of 43 athletes. 

Teliz Manahan also finished in 23rd in the 200 (24.61), Barta was 16th in the 800 (2:11.84), Ian Smith was 16th in the 1,600 (4:55) and Hudson Verbeck was 15th in the 3,200 (10:52).

The 4 x 400 relay team of Deurlington, Manahan, Murphy and Barta finished seventh in 3:40.79, and was third among the DI-A teams. 

On the field, Orlander Simms placed 24th in the shot put with a throw of 38.5 feet. 

Among the girls, top half finishes were registered in the 100 by Rathbun in 24th (13.88), Sophie Curtis in 25th (13.89), Yale in 27th (13.97) and Koster in 34th (14.18). In the 200, Abby Baier finished in 10th place (27.78), followed by Hayley Thomas in 31st (29.80) and Amber Simonpietri in 34th (30.18). In the 400, Pendleton finished 12th (64.73) and Lang-Ree 16th (65.68). 

Lang-Ree placed 11th in the 800 (2:34.60) and was followed by Yale in 25th (2:40.70). In the 1,600, cross country specialists Lily Robertson, Syra Fillat and Amanda Rae finished 28th, 29th and 33rd, respectively, with times ranging from 6:02-6:09. In the 3,200, Robertson finished 13th (13:09). 

The 4 x 400 relay team of Curtis, Pendleton, Wapstra-Scott and Yale finished fifth in 4:19.55, which was the top DI-A time of the day. 

On the field, throwers Sara Sawyer and Marlena Montano registered top performances in both the shot put and the discus. Sawyer finished 19th in the shot put (27-02) and 20th in the discus (80-05), while Montano finished 23rd in the shot put (25-11.5) and 24th in the discus (73-05). Thomas dominated in the jumps with a 24th place in the long jump (14-0) and 16th in the triple jump (29-10). 

Pole vaulter Chloe Wall qualified for the prestigious Stanford Invitational and did not participate in the Reed Invitational. At Stanford, she placed 20th with a vault of 10 feet. At the Reed Invitational that vault would have been good for second place, firsst among DI-A competition. Wall is currently tied for first in DI-A statewide. 

“It is still early in the season. We will continue to get stronger and faster as our training steps up with the good weather,” said Truckee coach Diana Yale. “And as spring break approaches, we’re hoping we don’t lose what we’ve gained in conditioning.”

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