Bobman breaks school in record in shot put at Reed Invitational |

Bobman breaks school in record in shot put at Reed Invitational

Jeremy Evans

When Matt Bobman broke the school shot put record last year, the coaches at South Tahoe High figured he would only continue to break his own record this year.

After a series of un-Bobman like numbers this season, the senior did just that this weekend at the Reed Invitational in Sparks.

On two early-round throws, Bobman tied his school record mark of 50 feet, 6 inches, but he recorded a personal and school-best toss of 51-1 in the finals en route to his second-place overall finish in the boys’ field. Fallon’s Josh Mauga took first with a mark of 51-6.

“He had been struggling for some reason,” said coach Dan Wilvers. “I don’t know why. Hopefully he’s over that and he will build on this. I really think he had a chance this season to break 55. I think he can still get there and maybe he’s on pace to do that now.”

Even though it’s taken Bobman a few weeks to break his own record, coach Melissa Berry said he is still on a similar pace as last season.

“It’s to be expected,” Berry said. “He is pretty much ahead of where he was at the same time last year. You try to peak at the end and I think he’s going to do that.”

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Bobman wasn’t the only Viking to perform well at the Reed meet, which attracted 38 schools and more than 1,700 athletes.

Senior Corey Vermillion established himself as a Northern 4A contender in the 110-meter high hurdles after finishing second in that event (15.42). He beat out Carson’s Matt Moore (15.45) and Galena’s Nick Shannon (15.82), who will likely be his toughest competitors at zone.

In the 300 high hurdles, Moore took first (40.05) and Vermillion placed sixth (42.9), an indication that he could qualify for state in both events. Mikey Van Gorden, whose being groomed in the 400-meter dash, finished sixth in the 200 meters (23.62).

The South Tahoe’s girls’ distance team had some solid results.

In the 800 meters, Heather Newman finished sixth in 2:36.33, while Jordan Dalton placed fourth in the 3,200 (12:34.95) and Anna Lambdin was seventh (12:59.41).

In the 1,600, Kelsey McClurg had to pull out 300 meters into the race after suffering an exercise and weather-induced asthma attack. Kimmy Arroues took seventh in the race at 5:42.86. The Vikings’ 4×800 relay team made up of Newman, Ellen Gallanty, Dalton and McClurg took third (10:23.03) behind Elko and Palo Verde of Las Vegas.

In the 1,600-meter boys’ race, South Tahoe’s Alex Sharp placed eighth at 4:47.77, four seconds out of fourth place and seven seconds out of third.