Tracksters run wild
It was a banner day for the Fallon track teams.
The frosh/soph Lady Wave squad rolled to a dominating win at the Thunder Invitational on Saturday in Rocklin, Calif.
Fallon tallied 90 points, 22 ahead of runner-up Pleasant Grove (Calif.), while the boys varsity team finished 22nd with six.
Between the boys and girls teams, 46 athletes set season-best marks as Fallon returns to the Golden State this weekend at Del Oro.
“I’m very proud of them to compete as well as they did,” Fallon girls coach Paul Orong said. “We had a lot of people that impressed us.”
Freshman Jordan Beyer won the 100-meters in 13.23 seconds and added a fourth-place finish in the 200 (27.91). Beyer showed her versatility with a second-place finish in the pole vault (8 feet).
Sophomore Whitney Skabelund had a fluid run in the 300 hurdles taking second in 49.89, added another second-place finish in the triple jump (32-5.5) and was third in the long jump (14-10).
Fallon, which is traditionally strong in the jumps, continued its show of force as freshman Brynlee Shults won the long jump (15-3) and was fourth in the triple jump (31-6.5) and high jump (4-6).
Misaki Clare took fifth in the triple jump (30-4) in the varsity meet.
In the rings, sophomore LeAnn Stands had one of her best days as she was second in the discus (87-2) and third in the shot put (31-6.5).
While the standouts remain a constant, Orong said the mass improvement of others is building a larger foundation for the home stretch of the season.
Melanie Nuckolls is one such runner, as the sophomore sliced off 15 seconds from her previous best time in the 800.
Another example came on the legs of Diana Enriquez, who had a season-best jump of 14-1 in the long jump.
Enriquez started the season jumping around the 9-foot mark, but like the rest of her team, the hard work is starting to pay off.
And it couldn’t come at a better time as the athletes are competing for places on the regional team.
“Our kids have been coming together very well,” Orong said. “We take small steps as we are making the climb toward regionals. I really emphasize the journey, not the present and it’s been something really good for us.”
As for the boys, Tristen Thomson had his best run of the season in the 800 (2:03.59) and 1,600 (4:42.55).
Jordan Schultz set his personal record in the pole vault with a height of 12-6 to take fifth, while he, Jake Ernst, Cole Service and Charles Fulks had their best run in the 4×100 relay coming in at 46.49.
Schultz, Thomson, Fulks and Cameron Kissick also set a season-best time in the 4×400 with a mark of 3:38.01 for sixth place. Schultz also placed fifth in the 300 hurldes at 44.26.
Ernst, meanwhile, added another sixth-place finish for Fallon with a leap of 39-5.5 in the triple jump.
“We told the kids you should be PRing (personal records) and they rose to the challenge,” Fallon boys coach Steve Heck said. “Everybody was stepping up. We didn’t score a lot of points … but when you look at what we wanted to accomplish, we accomplished it.”