Truckee track and field | Wolverines set school records at Del Oro |

Truckee track and field | Wolverines set school records at Del Oro

Truckee senior Tanner Sawyer leaps to a new school record of 20 feet, 6.5 inches in the long jump at the Del Oro Invitational.
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Truckee will travel to Oroville to compete against more than 40 teams at the West Valley Invitational this Friday.

The Truckee track and field teams traveled to Loomis this past Friday for the Del Oro Invitational, where they competed against over 30 California and Nevada teams and 1,700 athletes.

Although the team had to depart before the final event of the meet, the varsity girls team still managed to place third while the boys tied with Granite Bay for 17th. Three official school records were broken as well as three more in non-traditional distances, equally divided between the girls and boys teams.

Two of the three official school records were broken by sophomore Heather Pendleton, who accomplished the feat in the long jump and the 300-meter hurdles in what was her first hurdles race of the season. Pendleton recorded a leap of 15 feet, 6 inches in the long jump, which was good enough for sixth place. She ran the 300 hurdles in 50.43, placing 11th.

Senior Tanner Sawyer set the other official school record, also in the the long jump, with a leap of 20-06.50, which earned him sixth place.

Rather than race the traditional 1,600- and 3,200-meter distances, the Del Oro Invitational opts for the 1-mile and the 3,000-meter. Senior Noah Oberriter set new “unofficial” school records for both of these non-traditional distances, placing sixth in the 1-mile (4:32.55) and fourth in the 3,000 (9:03.68).

Fellow senior Gabrielle Rinne won gold in both the 1-mile (5:04.92) and the 3,000 (10:31.41), the latter of which is the fastest time in school history. 

Oberriter also achieved a new personal record (PR) in the 800 (2:01.72), placing 11th, while Rinne achieved a new season best in the 400 (1:00.27), finishing fourth.

“This meet was a good tune-up before regionals, since many of our athletes double or tripled up on events,” said Truckee distance coach Rob McClendon. “In the next few weeks we might see several more school records being broken.”

Other top finishes for the varsity girls on the track included senior Skyler Flora’s two third-place finishes — in the 1-mile (5:11.11) and the 3,000 (10:40.50) — and sixth-place finish in the 800 (2:23.63), despite battling illness.

Junior Nicole Rathbun placed 15th in the 100 hurdles (17.93) and 14th in the 300 hurdles (51.21), with Lindsay Steinmaus right behind her in 17th (52.01). 

In varsity field events, junior Chloe Wall pole vaulted into eighth place (9-00), while sophomore Hayley Thomas placed eighth in the triple jump (32-05.75). 

Other top finishes for the varsity boys included Eli Yale’s ninth place in the 400 (53.19) and Sawyer’s 15th place (54.18). In the 800, Colin Deurlington placed 13th (2:01.94) and Yale placed 21st (2:04.57). Sophomore Zack Barta earned a new PR in the 1-mile (4:44.11), placing 23rd. 

While Nevada fields four different relay events for regionals and state, California contests just two, the 4 x 100 and 4 x 400. Due to the length of the meet, the Truckee teams had to depart before the 4 x 400 races. However, both the boys and the girls 4 x 100 teams ran their fastest times of the season, 45.29 and 53.83, respectively. 

Among frosh/soph girls, top performers on the track included sophomore Amanda Rae’s fifth place in the 3,000 (11.54.66), freshman Sophie Curtis’ eighth place in the 100 finals (14.26) and seventh place in the 200 prelims (28.42), freshman Abby Baier’s 10th place in the 400 (1:06.42), Olivia Koster’s sixth place in the 300 hurdles (51.98) and 10th place finish in the 100 hurdles (18.99). 

On the field, Baier also excelled in the jumps, finishing sixth in the triple jump (30-10) and 10th in the long jump (13-04). Sophomore Marlena Montano placed eighth in the triple jump (29-10.50). 

Top-10 finishers for frosh/soph boys included sophomore distance specialist Hudson Verbeck’s matching eighth-place finishes in the the 1-mile (4:55.12) and 3,000 (10:06.75). Sophomore Riley Welch finished seventh in the 300 hurdles (45.49).

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