Truckee track sending 19 to state
Winning a gold medal at a championship track meet is a great accomplishment. Winning four is extraordinary.
That’s just what Truckee High senior Brandon Peterson did at the Northern Nevada regional championship at Yerington May 12 and 13.
“It was an awesome two days for Brandon,” said Truckee track coach Diana Yale. “He was completely confident and determined to win. To win four golds in all four events entered is huge. This may be a record for Truckee track.”
Peterson won gold in the 100 on the first day of the meet, setting a personal record of 11.17, two-tenths ahead of Dayton. On the second day, Peterson helped lead his 4×200 team of Drew Stewart, Austin Lynch and Sam Silver to gold in a season-best time of 1:33.12.
In the 200, Peterson also had a very strong lead at the finish to win in 23.10. He also set a personal record of 22.76 in the trials. After a full day of track events, Peterson went on to win the high jump with a leap of 6 feet 2 inches.
The senior now has the top times in the state in the 100, 200 and, along with his relay teammates, the 4×200. He also has a good chance in high jump, according to his coach.
“Anything can happen at a championship meet if you stay focused, confident and determined,” Yale said. “Brandon has those qualities, and while competitive, he still encourages his opponents to jump higher and run faster.
“He’s made a name for himself in Northern Nevada track.”
Yale said she was also very proud of both the girls and boys teams, which each placed fourth overall.
“Everybody went for it and put in a great effort to try and score points for the team. Athletes really raced and competed at their best, with lots of gutsy performances,” Yale said.
Another top finisher in the boys sprints was Austin Lynch, who also advanced to state in four events. Lynch placed second in the 400 (52.95), first in the 4×200 and fifth in both the 100 (11.67) and 200 (24.03), running a personal record of 23.68 in the 200 trials.
“Austin is looking stronger and stronger in that 400. He knows what he wants to do and is determined,” Yale said.
Also qualifying in the sprints was the 4×100 team of Drew Stewart, Kirk Haynes, Sean Wilson and Raul Martinez. In his first year out for track, Martinez set a personal record in the long jump with a leap of 18 feet, 1.5 inches.
On the distance side, freshman Micah Silver had a big surprise finish in the 1,600. Said assistant track coach Robbie McClendon.
“Micah had an awesome race, coming from behind the front runners to out-kick senior veteran track and cross country athlete Toni Yori from Fernley.”
Silver’s time of 4:49.39 ” a personal record by 10 seconds ” placed him second behind Lowry.
Also qualifying for state in distance events was sophomore Troy Calandra, who placed fifth in the 1,600 (4:49.8) and fifth in the 3,200 (10:39.38). Calandra also led off the 4×800 relay (Sean Wilson, Kyle Britto and Sam Silver) to a second-place finish in 8:35.
Micah’s brother, Sam Silver, was on the winning 4×200 and will also be competing in the 4×400 (Jon Penfield, Sean Wilson and Kyle Britto). He qualified in three events. Britto ran personal records in both the 4×400 and 4×800 legs, and also set a personal record in the 400 with a time of 54.63. Wilson also set personal records in his relay legs.
Penfield, stepping in as an alternate on the 4×400, set his personal record, as well, running a very strong and fast leg.
The girls finished the meet with 80 points, the most ever scored in the regional competition for Truckee High School women. They placed fourth overall.
“I had 16 of the very best female athletes Truckee High had to offer, and they did an outstanding job,” said assistant track coach Bob Blount. “I was so proud of all the girls. It was a team effort. Almost every girl gave us points towards the overall standing of the team.”
In the sprints, Lindsay Holt qualified by placing third in the 4×100 and 4×200 relays (Brandie Macken, Hailey Vincent and Shannon Holt). Holt placed fourth in the open 200 third in the open 400.
Kalei Cofer also qualified in the 300 hurdles, placing fifth. Vincent, who is in her first year of track, advanced to the finals in the 100 and just missed qualifying for state.
In the distance and jumping events, Maisha Goodpaster qualified in four events. She helped lead the 4×400 relay team (Emilia Skytte, Melanie Lashbrook and Rachel Hines) to fifth place and the 4×800 team (Whitney Brixey, Skytte and Lashbrook) to fourth place. Goodpaster also made state in the long jump and triple jump, which she took first place in with a jump of 33’8″, the longest jump in Northern Nevada this year.
Brixey advanced to state in the 3,200, and Skytte advanced with a third-place finish in the 800 with a personal record of 2:32.2.
In all, 19 athletes from Truckee will compete in the state meet at Reno High School Friday starting at 2 p.m. and Saturday beginning at 9 a.m.
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