Truckee track | Limited squad competes in Thunder Invitational |

Truckee track | Limited squad competes in Thunder Invitational

Courtesy Patrick Flora
Patrick Flora |

The timing of spring break decimated the ranks of Truckee track and field athletes at last weekend’s Thunder Invitational in Rocklin.

Varsity standouts included Quinn Parker and Adam Morgan in their respective 200- and 400-meter contests. Parker, a junior, placed sixth in the 200 (26.63) and fourth in the 400 (59.26), while Morgan, a senior, placed 15th in the 200 (23.56) and 18th in the 400 (53.06).

The majority of top-20 finishes by the Wolverines were in the frosh/soph category of competition.

Top result of the day was freshman Olivia Yale’s second-place finish in the 800 with a time of 2:30.42. Sophomore distance standout Noah Oberriter placed 10th in the 1,600 (4.52.65) and 11th in the 3,200 (10:55.74). Freshman Natalie Seelenfreund placed 19th in the 100 (14.40) while Nichole Rathbun, also a freshman, placed 18th in the 300 hurdles (59.38).

Sophomores Gabrielle Rinne and Skyler Flora traveled down to the Arcadia Invitational, which is considered to be one of the most competitive meets in the nation. Simply qualifying is a feat unto itself.

While a top-ranked NIAA runner in the 800, Rinne was the lowest seed in the field of 48 qualifiers. Still, she impressed with a sixth-place finish in her heat and a top-25 finish overall, and a new personal record of 2:19.16. Flora ran her first ever 1-mile race (U.S. high schools favor the 1,600 or the 1,500 metric mile) in a highly competitive field with a time of 5:26.74, placing 38th. 

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