Truckee track shines at zones
The Truckee High track team had a solid showing at the Northern Nevada 3A Zone Championships in Yerington this past weekend, setting up a small but potent contingent of athletes to compete in the Nevada State Track and Field Championships in Las Vegas on Friday and Saturday.
With a second-place finish in the meet’s first event, Truckee’s boys 4 x 800-meter relay team of Kyle Britto, Vince Shaffer, Max Salinger and Sean Wilson gave an indication of things to come.
Britto, a senior, gave Truckee the lead over defending champion Spring Creek at the first baton exchange with a tactical opening leg. Freshman Vince Shaffer, who ran a personal-best leg, and junior Max Salinger held Truckee in the silver medal position before senior anchor Sean Wilson sprinted to a comfortable silver-medal finish behind Spring Creek.
In the varsity mile, sophomore Micah Silver earned Truckee’s first gold medal, employing a front-running tactic and leading wire to wire in the boys 1,600-meter run.-
Freshman Chris Gallagher finished 12th in a personal record for the event while sophomore Uriel Malo finished 20th.
Saturday brought more gold for the Truckee boys as Wilson won the 800-meter run with an exciting finish. Entering the final 200 meters, Wilson sat in third place before unleashing a devastating kick in the last 175 meters to edge the 2006 silver medallist.
Salinger and Britto ran personal-record times and barely missed qualifying for the state meet with sixth- and seventh-place finishes, respectively.
Silver also earned his second gold medal of the meet in the 3,200-meter run.
Entering the 3,200-meter run with a “no-time,” Silver, who was seeded 22nd, assumed a more tactical approach than in his 1,600 win. Running comfortably in third and fourth place and 30 to 40 meters back for the first six laps, the sophomore patiently waited for the final 800 meters before running away from the field by some 60 meters for the win in a personal-record time.
The two-day meet’s final event would yield another medal as Truckee’s boys 4 x 400 team of Britto, junior Evan Hyland, Salinger and Wilson raced to a fourth-place finish and the opportunity to compete at State.
After botched hand-offs denied the Truckee boys a seemingly assured spot at the state meet in the 4 x 200 relay, the team of Tucker Ballister, Hyland, Kevin Wood and Cory Sharp came back to claim fifth place in the 4 x 100 to advance to Saturday’s competition.
Rounding out the field of Truckee boy state qualifiers is senior Riley Harrison, who placed fifth in the 110-meter hurdles.
Led by the Holt sisters, Shannon and Lindsay, juniors Melanie Lashbrook, Hailey Vincent and Kalei Cofer and sophomore Bernie Nelson, Truckee’s girls team brought home its fair share of medals.
Nelson, a top seed, raced to a third-place finish in the 800-meter run. Nelson would later add a fifth-place finish in the 400 for a ticket to the state meet in both events.
Junior speedster Lindsay Holt, racing on tired legs and little sleep following her stunning anchor leg in the girls 4 x 400 relay late Friday night, placed fourth in the 400.
With its fourth-place finish the 4 x 400, Truckee’s relay team of Nelson, senior Shannon Holt, Lashbrook and Lindsay Holt look to move up the medal ladder at State.
Cofer, after finishing seventh in the 300-meter hurdles, earned a spot in an individual event with her fifth-place finish in the girls 100-meter hurdles.
Cofer and teammates Hailey Vincent, Shannon Holt and anchor Lindsay Holt captured the bronze medal in both the 4 x 100 and 4 x 200 with third-place finishes in both events.
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