Only one week away from regionals, the Truckee High Track team proved itself as a top medal contender among all nine 3A schools at a league meet at Lowry High School in Winnemucca on Saturday.
Faring well in rainy and windy weather, and competing in several events, many athletes medaled and set personal records. With only 15 competing, the boys team brought home a second place trophy behind Dayton. The girls team placed fifth overall and fourth among 3A schools, only three points behind rival North Tahoe.
Truckee High track coach Diana Yale was very pleased with the team’s performance.
“Training in Truckee’s cold, difficult conditions helped us out at Lowry,” she said. “The team pulled together, supported each other, and proved themselves as a team to beat, not only overall but in many individual events. With Saturday conflicts from prom, spring break, bad weather and SATs, our athletes haven’t been able to compete in many meets.
“So, we piled them in events, some in events they hadn’t ever competed in. As a result, we surprised the heck out of many coaches and competitors.”
One such surprise was Gordon Neelands, a senior and normally an 800 meter runner who ran his first mile race ever in his high school track career. He sprinted past Spring Creek in the final 100 meters to win gold and ten points for his team, with a time of 4:41.3.
Kellen Bonham, also a senior and a newcomer to track this year, has proven himself as a top contender in the 100 and 200. He brought home silver in both with times of 11.26, a personal record, and 23.84, respectively, and was first among 3A schools in both events.
Also in the sprints, Jamie Maehler is scoring points and earning medals. He placed third in the 400 in 53.46 (which was second among 3A schools) third in the 200 in 24.34 (second among 3A schools) and fifth in the 100 in 11.76 (third among 3A schools).
Both Maehler and Bonham, along with Cole Froelich and Randon Nunez, also won silver in the boys 4X200 relay ahead of Spring Creek. Nunez also led off the 4×100, along with Daniel Ballou, Kyle Adams and Bonham, to place second just behind Spring Creek.
In another surprise, Kyle Adams, in his first jumping competition with little practice, won silver in the long jump with a jump of 20’6″.
“He’s a natural jumper, and I expected him to jump over twenty feet,” coach Bob Blount said.
Nunez also placed fourth in the long jump, which was second among 3A schools. Cole Froelich also placed fourth in the 300 hurdles in 44.45, which was good enough for third place.
On the girls side, Whitney Brixey was the top finisher, placing third in the 1600 with a personal record of 5:52.7. She also led the 4×800 team to a third place finish along with Melanie Lashbrook, Cammile Ganham, and Kim Quesnel.
In the hurdles, freshman Kalei Cofer placed fourth in the highs, and third among 3A schools, in 18.06. In the girls 4×100 relays, Ally Flauta, Erin Gamet, Shannon Holt, and Lindsay Holt placed fourth in 55.45, which was second among 3A schools.
In the 4×200, Lauren Altieri, Brandie Macken, Cofer, and Shannon Holt also placed fourth. And, in the 4×400, with Lashbrook, Lindsay Holt, Vanessa Blount, and Katie Flahery, the team also placed fourth with a time of 4:39. Lashbrook and Holt also placed fourth and fifth, respectively, in the 400 and have a solid chance at earning medals at regionals.
To add to the roster for this weekend, Maisha Goodpaster will be back in the 4×800 as well as long jump and triple jump, helping her team to score more points. The team will travel Friday morning to Lowry for the two-day meet. The top five athletes in each 3A event will advance to the state meet in Las Vegas on May 20-21.
Junior varsity baseball coach Matt Carlson said the team’s final game was one of the best of the season.
“It was a great way to end,” Carlson said of the 4-3 victory against Quincy.
Quincy started the scoring with a well hit RBI single in the top of the second inning. The Wolverines did not answer until the bottom of the sixth, when a single from Scott Decker scored Francisco Ruiz.
With the score tied at one apiece after seven innings, the game went into extra innings. Quincy picked up two runs during a long two-out rally before Keven Sahlberg finally retired the side with a full-count swinging strike out.
After Truckee answered with two quick runs, Trevor Allen worked a walk, then stole second to put himself in scoring position. After a balk advanced Allen to third, Quincy’s pitcher uncorked a wild pitch into the head of Sahlberg.
With runners on first and third, Decker layed down a suicide bunt to bring in Allen as the winning run.–
“The team played very well with a lot of heart,” Carlson said. “Scott Decker had an unbelievable game, and led our team with heart and attitude.”
Sahlberg (P): 10 k, 7 BB, and allowed 8 hits.
Decker (C): 3-4 2 singles, Game winning suicide bunt.
Schulz (RF): 1 single, scored 1 run.
Ruiz (CF): 1-3 single, walk, run.
The Truckee High golf team placed first on a windy Friday at Genoa Lakes, beating the closest competition, Lowry and Sparks, by 15 strokes.
“We struggled a bit from our final two golfers playing in a rising wind,” Truckee golf coach Jeff Froelich said. “Our first four players continued their consistency … to give us four strong scores.”
The first four players, Greg Shove, Kaya Lampe, Wes Hollabaugh and Nathan Wrenn, shot 79, 80, 81 and 82. Ian Casey shot 95 and Tommy Kokenge 97.
The Wolverines play a home match at Old Greenwood this Thursday.
“If we beat Lowry on our home turf, “Froelich said, “we’ll win the Northern NIAA and be right where we want to be for the state championships at Dayton May 17 and 18.”
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