Truckee track and field: Wolverines smash records at regionals
Northern D-IA regional results
1. Truckee, 201
2. Spring Creek, 126.25
3. Lowry, 90
4. Elko, 74
5. Fallon, 73
6. South Tahoe, 50
7. Fernley, 46.25
8. Dayton, 34.25
9. Sparks, 8
1. Elko, 137
2. Spring Creek, 107.25
3. Sparks, 101
4. Fernley, 93
5. Fallon, 67.25
6. Truckee, 65.5
7. Dayton, 53
8. Lowry, 38.75
9. South Tahoe, 38
The Truckee track and field squads’ performances at the Northern Division I-A regional championships last weekend were nothing short of historic.
The teams registered an unprecedented 90 personal records and eight school records over the weekend’s competition against their Northern Nevada rivals.
The girls team won their third straight regional title with the largest point total in school history, 201 points, versus second-place Spring Creek’s 126.5 points. The boys finished sixth in a field of nine teams with 65.5 points. Elko took the top spot with 137 points.
Historically, Truckee has excelled in the pure track events and relays. Over the past two years, the Wolverines have also started to dominate in field events and hurdles as well. All of the school records achieved last weekend were in field and hurdle events.
Among the girls’ school records are Marlena Montano in discus (96-09), Heather Pendleton in long jump (16-07) , Sara Sawyer in shot put (31-00.25) , Hayley Thomas in triple jump (34-06.50), Chloe Wall in pole vault (11-03) and Nicole Rathbun in the 300 hurdles (49.04).
Among the boys, Teliz Manahan set a school record in the long jump (20-11.75), while Riley Welch did the same in the 110 hurdles (17.17).
The top four finishers in each event at regionals advanced to the state championship meet, which will be held at Carson High School this Friday and Saturday. A total of six relay teams qualified along with 13 individuals among 24 slots, which is the best combined finish in regionals history for Truckee.
Among the girls, all four relay teams advanced, along with nine girls individually qualifying for 18 slots.
The 4 x 400 relay team of Claire Lang-Ree, Olivia Yale, Sophie Curtis and Brenna Wapstra-Scott won the regional title with a season-best time of 4:08.35. The 4 x 200 relay team of Curtis, Abby Baier, Olivia Koster and Wall placed second in 1:49.85.
Also placing second was the 4 x 800 team of Baier, Syra Fillat, Carrie Bradley and Lang-Ree with another season-best time of 10:09.46. The 4 x 100 team of Koster, Yale, Zoe Brunings and Ava Seelenfreund finished third in 51.99.
Individual qualifiers included three athletes who qualified in three events each. Middle distance specialist Wapstra-Scott claimed the regional title in the 1,600 (5:28.91) and the runner-up position in the 400 (60.54) and 800 (2:23.37).
Freshman sprint specialist Seelenfreund qualified with her third-place finish in the 100 (13.11), second-place finish in the 200 (26.77) and third-place finish in the 400 (61.64). Heather Pendleton qualified in the 400 with her fourth-place finish (62.36), and her second-place finishes in both the high jump (5-00) and the long jump (16-07).
Qualifying individually in two events each were Wall, who earned the regional title in the pole vault and third-place finish in the 200 (27.17). Lang-Ree qualified with her third-place finishes in the middle-distance events, 800 (2:24.11) and 1,600 (5:30.31). Hurdles specialist Olivia Koster qualified in the 100 hurdles (17.10) with her third-place finish and and in the 300 hurdles (49.16) with her fourth-place finish.
Nicole Rathbun finished just ahead of Koster in the 300 hurdles in third place (49.04) to advance to the state meet. On the field, Montano’s school record in the discus was good for third place and advancement to the state meet, along with Thomas’ school record and third-place finish in the triple jump.
Among the boys, two relay teams and four individuals qualified for six slots at state. The 4 x 800 team of Colin Deurlington, Ryan Murphy, Zack Barta and Kyle Nicely finished second (8:26.47), and the 4 x 400 team of Zach Williams, Deurlington, Murphy and Manahan finished fourth (3:33.08).
Two boys individually qualified in two events. Barta finished second in the 3,200 (10:19.86) and fourth in the 1,600 (4:37.68). Deurlington finished third in the 300 hurdles (42.28) and fourth in the 400 (50.74).
There were two qualifiers in field events among the boys. Manahan placed second in the long jump with his school record and Zach Smith was third in the triple jump (38-11).
The girls have a good chance to win Truckee’s first state championship in school history, with an ability to score points on both the track and field. Defending state champion Faith Lutheran lost its top two point scorers to graduation last year and are vulnerable to a Truckee team that has developed its depth and breadth, particularly on the field and in hurdle events.
“We need to stay relaxed, focused and bring everything we have to state for a podium finish,” said Truckee coach Diana Yale. “Like we have said all along, anything can happen, anything is possible. At regionals, athletes finally got that simple idea and achieved amazing results. With a little luck on our side, we will be great again.”