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Truckee track: Wolverines headed to state

Sun Staff report

Truckee’s boys and girls combined to earn 15 individual state championship berths at the Northern 3A Regional Track and Field Championships this past weekend.

The top five finishers in each boys and girls event qualified, while the top three finishers from the South qualified.

Junior Vince Shaffer led the Truckee boys with a second-place finish in the 800, posting a time of 2:01.06 compared to the winning mark of 2:00.88 set by Dallin Morris of Spring Creek.

Chris Gallagher and Tyler Brooks placed third and fourth, respectively, in the 1,600 (one mile), with Gallagher finishing in 4:52.88 and Brooks in 4:54.31. Ben Stephens of Spring Creek won the race in 4:41.87.

Brooks finished third in the 3,200 (two mile) posting a time of 10:34.65 to Stephens’ winning time of 10:17.30.

Micah Silver, Truckee’s top distance runner, did not compete because of a bruised heel, said Truckee head coach Bob Shaffer.

“We expected him to, if not place first in the 1-mile and 2-mile, at least qualify for state in both” races, Shaffer said.

Among the Truckee boys relay teams, the 4×800 squad of Tony Rodriguez, Taylor Wulff-Morrison, Kevin Lufkin and Shaffer placed second with a time of 8:48.08. The 4×400 team of C.J. Ackerman, Shaffer, Rodriguez and Gallagher took third with a time of 3:38.99. And the 4×200 gang of Colin Christian, Mitch Nelson, Morgan Nevin and Ackerman finished fifth with a time of 1:37.91.

In the girls’ competition, Truckee’s Shauna Day finished fourth in the triple jump with a mark of 32-02.50 and third in the 300 hurdles with a time of 50.53. Spring Creek’s Bethany Pennington won the 300 hurdles in 47.48, and Dayton’s Tegan Volberding won the triple jump with a measurement of 33-03.

Hanna Casares finished fifth in both the 1,600 and 3,200, posting times of 6:02.65 and 13:10.22, respectively. Gabriela Diaz of Sparks won the 1,600 in 5:37.75 and Kara Schrock of Fernley won the 3,200 in 12:48.73.

Truckee’s girls also qualified two relay teams, taking third in the 4×800 with a time of 11:09.97 and fourth in the 4×400 with a time of 4:35.53. The 4×800 team is made up of Mollie Askin, Heather Mort, Kayla Cole and Carly Clusserath. The 4×800 crew is Askin, Cole, Mikaela Arnstein and Kelsey Decker.


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