South Tahoe Middle School track season ends on high note |

South Tahoe Middle School track season ends on high note

Chad Sellmer, Tribune staff writer

The South Tahoe Middle School track team ended its season with several wins in key events and a broken school record at the Tah-Neva league championship at Carson High School Wednesday afternoon.

The meet featured 12 middle schools in the area, including South Tahoe and Kingsbury, facing off in a number of track and field events in a format similar to the high school level.

Dominique Westlake, who coaches STMS track along with Jim Pawling, Lee Rix and Janae Ballingham, said two school records have fallen in the past couple of weeks.

At the championships, Ian Rice broke a school record in the 400 meter dash with a time of 55.9 seconds. Mikey VanGorden, now a freshman at STHS, set the old record of 56.4, Westlake said.

“VanGorden had the record two years ago,” Westlake said. “He shared the record with Chad Medina from back in the early 1990s.”

Additionally, Kelsey McKlurg broke a 25 year old school record of 2:33.15 in the 800 with a time of 2:33.9. The new record was set a week before the championships, which McKlurg missed due to a prior commitment.

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Westlake also praised the performance of Lani Dicks in the 200 and high jump; Kimmy Arroues in the 800, 1,600 and 1,600 relay; and Patrick Riley in the 75/200 hurdles, 800 and 1,600.

“All of us on the coaching staff were very pleased with the way the kids performed, their willingness to work and help each other out,” he said. “It is a nice group of kids (and) a great meet to end the season on. I think all the kids had a fun time.”

Westlake said he has not yet received final team standings from the meet. Individual results appear on page B4 of today’s edition.