All the big guns were there.
High schools like McQueen, Damonte Ranch, Carson and Reed all brought their best runners to the Reed Sparks Rotary Invitational this past weekend, but South Tahoe and Whittell held their own. South Tahoe’s Brandon Cramer, Connor Henderson, Jennifer Burks and Whittell’s Mark Waite all placed in the top five.
“It was a big meet,” said South Tahoe coach Jake Hurwitz. “There were a lot of big name schools, but I’m looking at our results and a lot of kids are getting sixth, seventh, eighth and 10th place. Most of the schools we were behind are 4A.”
Cramer, a senior hurdler, was definitely a South Tahoe highlight. He won the 300-meter hurdles by nearly a full second. He also placed second in the 110-meter hurdles.
“Form is 100 percent of that race. He attacks the hurdles well, he’s a smart kid and he’s able to think ahead in the race,” Hurwitz said. “His times are definitely competitive. He’s even in the middle of the pack at the college level.”
Cramer is currently the top Northern Nevada hurdler in the 300-meter.
Henderson dominated the 3200-meter race. The senior placed second overall in a field of 47 runners. He covered the two miles in 10 minutes and 18 seconds.
Henderson, along with Harley Norton, Jason Rogers and Dylan Maxwell, also make up the Vikings’ distance medley relay team. The boys finished in the top 10, covering 1200, 400, 800 and 1600 meters.
Waite and Josh Welch turned in top results for the Whittell boys.
Waite shined in the distance runs, claiming third place in 1600-meter finals and 12th in the 13200-meter finals.
For the girls, South Tahoe’s Jenny Burks and Karley Martinez led the way.
Martinez, a junior, ran a season-best mile, 5 minutes and 43 seconds, and 800 meter, 2 minutes and 37 seconds.
She’s our top girl in distance and she’s just doing very well,” Hurwitz said.
Treat was not far behind. She ran the mile in 6 minutes and 2 seconds, and is hoping to break the 5-minute mark at the next meet.
“Emily Treat has been dropping 20 seconds or so a week,” Hurwitz said.
Burks, a first-year runner, was fourth overall in the 300-meter hurdles.
“There’s only one girl ahead of her from Yerington in our league, and Jenny’s only about a second behind her,” Hurwitz said. “For a first-year athlete she’s had a great turnout.”
Burks also took 21st overall in the 100-meter hurdles.
The distance relay team also deserves some credit. Martinez, Gabriela Vargas, Treat and Cara Filce also cruised in among the top 10 in the distance relay.
“All of the distance team is showing phenomenal improvement,” Hurwitz said. “Their times are looking great, and they have a lot of personal records.”
UP NEXT: South Tahoe and Whittell track teams will travel to the Fernley Invitational on Saturday, April 13.