Truckee track | Young Wolverines record six top-10 finishes at large meet
Last Fridayand#8217;s meet in Grass Valley and#8212; the Kays/Ostrum Nevada Union Invitational and#8212; proved that the young and small but mighty Truckee track team can compete with their larger California counterparts, as the Wolverines registered six top-10 finishes among the 25 schools.
The big story of the day was sophomore Quinn Parkerand#8217;s debut in the 400-meter run. Not only did she take second place with a sub-minute (59.72) race, she ran the fastest 3A Nevada time this season in her first attempt.
Other top finishes included freshman Skyler Floraand#8217;s second place in the mile with a time of 5:21.45, followed by freshman Gabrielle Rinneand#8217;s seventh place in 5:35.34. Rinne also placed fourth in the 800 in 2:28.20. Sophomore Toby Ziegler placed sixth in the 800 in 2:05.18.
Under the direction of head coach Diana Yale, the young Truckee squad has quadrupled in size over last year, from eight to 32 athletes. Three-quarters of the team is composed of underclassmen.
and#8220;This very young team has improved at nearly every meet,and#8221; Yale said. and#8220;For such a young team competing at the varsity level, itand#8217;s impressive to have so many in the top 10, even the top three.and#8221;
Finding a place to conduct a proper practice is an ongoing challenge for Yale. Fickle spring weather patterns, snow coverage and a lack of an all-weather track in Truckee make running through Truckee hallways or carpooling to Reno to run on a rival schooland#8217;s track the only options throughout much of the season.
Despite these challenges, Truckee track athletes occupy 13 slots in the Northern Nevada 3A top 10 List: Jake Pettit (100), Ziegler (800), Noah Oberriter (3,200), Parker (100, 200, 400), Tareyn Ryan (100, 200), Flora (800, 1600, 3,200) and Rinne (800, 1,600).
Now the team looks toward Regionals in Fallon this weekend, with the top-five finishers in each event qualifying for the 3A State Championships at Damonte High School the following weekend, May 19-20.
and#8220;After all the personal records last week, these athletes are mentally ready,and#8221; Yale said. and#8220;And many kids, including our relays, are so close to being in the top five to advance to state. Iand#8217;m looking forward to seeing them really race.and#8221;
and#8212; This article was submitted to Sports Editor Sylas Wright at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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