Club News

Article from the Reno Gazette Journal - August 15, 2006 

Reno Tahoe Track Athletes Earn Honors

Winding down to the end of the 2006 summer track season, athletes from Reno Tahoe Athletics continue to garner national awards. Eight athletes from the regional track club have collectively earned thirteen spots on the National Youth Elite Top 100 Honor Roll for their performances over the 2005-2006 season. The National Elite Youth Top 100 listings combine results from local, regional and national USA Track & Field, AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) and national CYO championships to rank youth athletes in their individual events. Athletes earning Top 100 designations included:  Joe Bartlett (shot put, discus, hammer and javelin); Zack Vanden Heuvel (hammer and discus); Kylee Gleason (pole vault); Nettie Weitzman (discus and racewalk); Rand Weitzman (racewalk); Netanya Weitzman (racewalk); Alexa Anderson (heptathlon); and Doug DelPorto (pole vault).  
All-American designations include the Top 20 finishes in the nation by athletes in their age groups and by individual events. Reno Tahoe All-Americans included:  Joe Barlett in the Young Men's shot put; Zack Vanden Heuvel in the Intermediate Boys hammer; and Kylee Gleason in the Young Women's pole vault. Reno Tahoe Athletes are coached in the year-round program by Jim Vanden Heuvel, Paul Heglar and Jeff Weitzman.
On the Masters circuit, Dennis Cameron, a Board member of Reno Tahoe Athletics, won his first national championship at the USA Track & Field National Masters Championship, in Charlotte, North Carolina. Cameron won the 55-59 Men's Hammer with a throw of 140-6. Cameron and Hank Konen will compete in the National Weight Pentathlon Championships on August 20-21 in Bozeman, Montana. The Weight Pentathlon measures combined age-graded throws in the hammer, shot put, discus, javelin and weight throw. 

The Reno Tahoe Athletics club hosted a pole vault only competition on Saturday, August 12 at Galena HS. Twenty competitors ranged in age from 6 to 70 years old in the handicapped event. Cameron Kroll came into the meet setting the handicap standard with the highest PR of 16-0. The rest of the field were allowed a handicap added to their PR's to add up to the 16-0 standard.  The winner of the competition was 6 year old Armando Duplantis, visiting here from Louisiana with his family.  Armando’s dad is Greg Duplantis, one of America's best vaulters ever with a PR of 19-0 during his career.  Armando jumped 5-6, 6 inches over his seasonal best giving him a net total of 16-6.  Second place went to Rachel Waddington with a seasonal best of 8 feet (16-6 net).  Three jumpers tied for third at 16-0 net including Antoine Duplantis from Louisiana clearing 6-0, Bengi Ply from Carson City clearing 5-0 and Allison Dunn from Reno clearing 7-0.  Although Cameron Kroll tied his all time best of 16-0, he only managed to tie for 8th place under the handicap system. 


The season-ending pole vault meet hosted by Reno Tahoe Athletics will be held on Saturday, August 19th at Galena HS starting at 5:00 PM.  The final All-Comers Throws meet for the club will take place on Sunday, August 27th starting at 10 AM. For more information, go to

Article from the Reno Gazette Journal - July 4, 2006 

TRACK & FIELD: The Reno Tahoe Athletics Track & Field Club competed in the Pacific Junior Olympics Championships on June 22-24 in Livermore, Calif., and had seven athletes qualify for the Region 14 Championships.

Athletes from Reno Tahoe Athletics that qualified for the Region 14 Championships include: Joe Bartlett in shot put (gold), discus (silver) and javelin (silver); Kylee Gleason in pole vault (silver), triple jump (sixth) and javelin (fourth); Alexa Anderson in the shot put (bronze), javelin (bronze) and long jump (fifth); Zack Vanden Heuvel in discus (gold), shot put (fourth) and javelin (eighth); Zack DeBoer in javelin (fourth); Alex Higman in discus (third) and javelin (third); and Mike Arnold in pole vault (sixth).

Reno Tahoe Athletics' throwers and vaulters are coached by Jim Vanden Heuvel, Paul Heglar, Kevin Ply and Jeff Weitzman.

The USA Track & Field Junior Olympics program features the best athletes from a region covering Northern California from San Luis Obispo to the Oregon state line and all of Northern Nevada. The Junior Olympics qualifying is a stepped program with the top eight competitors in each discipline moving on to the Region 14 Championships and the top three from the Region 14 Championships qualifying for the Junior Olympic National Championships in Baltimore, Md.

Over the next several weeks, the Reno Tahoe Athletics Club will be competing in the AAU National Club Team Championships at Disney's Wide World of Sports in Orlando and the Track City Classic at the University of Oregon.

The Club hosts all-comer throws meets in July and August with a $5 per event entry fee. Pole Vault will be added to the throws schedule this year with meets to be scheduled from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sundays. Watch for updates.