Truckee track: Wolverines bring home hardware, academic title from state |

Truckee track: Wolverines bring home hardware, academic title from state

Shannon Litz/Sun News ServiceTruckee's Tony Rodriguez passes the baton to Vince Shaffer for the anchor leg of the boys 4x800 relay. The Truckee team placed second in the race.

LAS VEGAS, Nev. ” Led by a second-place finish from their boys’ 4×800 relay team, the Wolverines earned four medals at the 3A state championship in Las Vegas this past weekend.

The top four finishers in each event received medals.

Truckee’s 4×800 team, made up of Chris Gallagher, Tyler Brooks, Tony Rodriguez and Vince Shaffer, took second to Boulder City with a time of 8:23.12. The Boulder City team crossed the finish in 8:19.72.

The Truckee boys’ 4×400 team, with the above members plus Mitch Nelson and minus Brooks, earned the only other medal for the boys. The team took fourth with a time of 3:34.21 ” about 6 second behind first-place Dayton (3:28.02).

On the girls’ side, Truckee freshman Shauna Day placed fourth in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 50.77, while junior teammate Hanna Casares also took fourth in the 3,200 (2-mile) with a time of 12:38.07. Karysa Perez of Fernley won the 300 hurdles in 46.94, and Keely Bakken of Faith Lutheran won the 3,200 in 12:07.78.

Sophomore Carly Clusserath of Truckee barely missed a medal in the 3,200, placing fifth in 12:40.86.

Day almost earned a second medal in the triple jump, as she launched 33 feet, 6.5 inches to record a fifth-place finish. Dayton’s Tegan Volberding won the event with a jump measuring 36-01.

Besides the state-medalist performances, Shaffer and Gallagher finished seventh and eighth, respectively, in the boys 800, posting times of 2:04.42 and 2:05.66. Ryan Bartholomew of Faith Lutheran won in 1:59.50.

Brooks, a sophomore, placed sixth in the boys 3,200 posting a time of 10:36.72 to Matt Lundgren’s (Boulder City) winning time of 9:50.53.

Casares was seventh in the girls 1,600 (1-mile) with a time of 6:00.26 ” about a half-minute behind winner Gabriela Diaz’s (Sparks) win in 5:30.80.

In other relay races, Truckee’s boys’ 4×200 squad (1:37.96) and girls’ 4×400 squad (4:28.68) each placed seventh, while the girls’ 4×800 team (10:55.13) took sixth.

Truckee’s boys and girls each finished 10th in the team competition. Faith Lutheran won the boys’ and girls’ titles.

Truckee’s boys and girls track teams were awarded the academic state championship for earning the highest collective GPA.

The boys combined for a 3.48 GPA while the girls won their academic title with a 3.82 GPA.

“We talk about it an awful lot with the athletes, and I think that helps,” said Truckee head coach Bob Shaffer.

Shaffer said he thinks the track team has earned the award the past three years.

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