Truckee track team brings home gold medals
During the past two weeks, the Tahoe-Truckee High School track team earned several gold, silver and bronze medals – first at the zone meet in Elko, Nev., and then at the state championship, where the team placed fifth out of 18 schools.After capturing gold, silver and bronze medals at the division I zone track meet in Elko on May 12 and 13, the TTHS track team sent a small contingent of athletes to the 2000 NIAA-US Bank State Track and Field Championships held at Reed High School in Sparks, Nev. on May 19 and 20.Zone ChampionshipsAt Zones, Truckee tracksters competed in more than 20 events. The girls’ team was represented by Krista Anderson, Kristine Bena, Alicia Blount, Kelsey Fisher, Taylor Gordon, Katie Groden, Kim Lewis, Andrea Richards, Julie Rueckheim, and Kaitlin Steverman. Competing for the boys were Rob Acevedo, Juan Aguilar, Rob Anderson, Kellen Babb, Evan Birchard, Graham Herr, Casey Nelson, Mike Ochoa, Kyle Shane, Daniel Shannon, Elias Silver and Zach Wilson.Emerging from the two-day competition as zone champions were Kristine Bena (100 meter Hurdles), Casey Nelson (100 meters), Juan Aguilar (400 meters), Elias Silver (800 meters) and the 4 x 400 meter relay team composed of Nelson, Silver, Birchard and Aguilar.Bena placed second in both the 100 meter and 400 meter dashes. For the boys, a second place finish in the 4 x 200 relay (Nelson, Birchard, Shannon and Aguilar), a third in the 4 x 800 relay (Aguilar, Ochoa, Birchard, Silver), a third by Nelson in the 200 meter dash and a third by freshman Kyle Shane (high jump) rounded out this year’s state qualifiers.State ChampionshipsOne week later the warmest weather of the year greeted the 18 3A high schools that gathered to compete at the Nevada State Track and Field Championships.Truckee, sending a team of six boys and one girl, won medals in eight events. The boys 4 x 800 relay kicked off the two-day affair and Truckee would get off to a good start when senior, Mike Ochoa anchored the team (Aguilar, Birchard & Silver) to a fourth place finish and a medal.Two events later Truckee sophomore, Kristine Bena, last year’s 100 meter champion, was nipped at the tape by Spring Creek’s Chelsea Wilson and had to settle for silver. Kristine went on to defend her state title in the 100-meter hurdles, outdistancing the rest of the field.In her final race, the 400-meter run, she finished a strong third.In Truckee’s only other individual championship, junior Elias Silver continued his undefeated season in the 800-meter run, capturing the gold medal. In the 100-meter dash, junior Casey Nelson earned a fourth place medal. Senior Juan Aguilar, who went into his race having won all but one of his 400-meter events during the season, was edged for the gold by Fernley’s Fennessey. Aguilar overcame a 20-meter deficit in one of the gutsiest races of the entire meet and anchored a team of Nelson, Silver and Birchard to a gold medal in track and field’s capstone event, the 4 x 400 meter relay.
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