Truckee track and field: Wolverines looking strong before regionals |

Truckee track and field: Wolverines looking strong before regionals

Charles Blanc races in Grass Valley.
Courtesy Steve Yale |


Truckee will compete in the Northern Division I-A regional championships at Yerington High School this Friday, May 13. The state championship will be held at Carson High School the following week, May 20-21.

In their last meet before regionals, the Truckee track and field squads traveled to Grass Valley to compete in the Nevada Union Invitational last Friday. In a field of over 30 teams, the girls placed third, just three points behind second-place Del Oro, while the boys tied with Chico for 13th. 

The meet started and ended with impressive relay finishes for both the boys and the girls.

“The relay teams are starting to gel and the handoffs were almost perfect,” assistant coach Rob McClendon said. 

The girls 4 x 100 relay team of Amber Simonpietri, Ava Seelenfreund, Zoe Brunings and Chloe Wall — three freshman and a senior anchor — finished third with a time of 52.53. Meanwhile, the boys team of Cole Eicheles, Charles Blanc, Dominic Acevedo and Teliz Manahan finished sixth with a time of 46.36.  

In the sprints, the story of the day was Seelenfreund, who registered a trio of top-10 finishes. Most impressively, she finished fourth in the 200 with a time of 26.85, which is the second-fastest time in school history. In the 400, Seelenfreund finished sixth (62.06), with teammate Heather Pendleton finishing 10th (64.21). Seelenfreund also placed seventh in the 100 (13.30), with Wall close behind in ninth (13.46). 

Brenna Wapstra-Scott continued her middle-distance domination with a victory in the 1,600 with a time of 5:10.96, nearly an 8-second improvement over her previous-best time. Later in the day, she finished second in the 800 (2:19.35), with her teammate Claire Lang-Ree right behind her in third (2:22:19), which was nearly a 5-second PR for Lang-Ree.

Wapstra-Scott is ranked No. 1 in both events in the Division I-A, and is ranked fourth across all divisions in the state. Lang-Ree catapulted to a No. 2 ranking in D-IA statewide. 

Distance specialist Carrie Bradley also registered two impressive finishes: fifth in the 1,600 (5:31.29) and sixth in the 3,200 (12:17.38). Bradley is currently ranked No. 2 in the 3,200 and No. 3 in the 1,600 in the D-IA.

Other top finishes in the 1,600 included Syra Fillat in 10th (5:37.88) and Amanda Rae in 15th (5:51.02). In the 3,200, Lily Robertson placed eighth (12.21.34), while Fillat and Rae finished together in 11th and 12th place. 

Top hurdle performances belonged to Lindsay Steinmaus, who placed ninth in the 300 hurdles (51.73) and 13th in the 100 hurdles (18.10).

On the field, Pendleton enjoyed her customary success, placing third in the high jump (5 feet) and ninth in the long jump (15-01). Hayley Thomas finished ninth in the triple jump (30-11.25) and 11th in the long jump (14-08.5). Right behind Thomas in the triple jump were Simonpietri in 12th (30-06.5) and Marlena Montano in 16th (29-09). 

Top performances for the boys included Ryan Murphy and Colin Deurlington’s commanding finishes in the 800. Murphy almost broke the 2-minute barrier with his fourth-place finish in 2:00.16, while Deurlington finished seventh (2:01.86). Murphy’s time is the fourth-fastest in the D-IA North.

Ian Smith placed 12th in the 3,200 (10:35.96) and 16th in the 1,600 (4:51.06), and Hudson Verbeck was 14th in the 3,200 (10:43.52). Deurlington finished 12th in the 110 hurdles (18.37), and Carlos Rivera was 15th in the 300 hurdles (48.48). 

Top performances in the sprint events included Manahan’s 14th-place finish in the 100 (11.95), Eichele’s 16th-place finish in the 200 (24.49) and Zach Williams’ 14th-place finish in the 400 (55.19). 

On the field, Manahan shined in the long jump, placing fifth with a leap of 19-11.75, which earns him a No. 3 ranking in D-IA North. Zach Smith excelled in both the high jump and triple jump, finishing 11th (5-04) and 12th (36-08.5), respectively. 

The final event of the meet was the 4 x 400 relay. The girls team of Seelenfreund, Pendleton, Lang-Ree and Wapstra-Scott won the signature event with a season-best time of 4:10.55. 

Meanwhile, the boys team of Deurlington, Williams, Murphy and Manahan finished third with another season-best time of 3:33.50, overtaking host team Nevada Union with Manahan’s commanding anchor-leg performance. 

“We’re looking forward to the regional meet, as we try to qualify as many athletes as we can for the state meet the following week,” McClendon said. “Both teams are looking strong and are peaking perfectly for regionals.”

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