STHS boy’s track team ready for spring |

STHS boy’s track team ready for spring

Chad Sellmer, Tribune staff writer

Despite a relatively small team, the South Tahoe High School boys’ track team is pinning its hopes for this season on some of its top returning stars.

“We have two goals this year: to try and improve every kid that comes out, regardless of ability, and take the athletes who are focused and driven as far as possible. Fortunately, we have a lot of those,” said STHS coach Dan Wilvers.

Mikey Van Gorden, a sophomore who also plays quarterback on the football team, is one of this year’s up-and-coming stars, Wilvers noted. Van Gorden runs the 100, 200 and 400 meter dash for the Vikings.

“Mikey is very fast and he’s got a lot of potential,” Wilvers said.

“Track is a really objective sport,” he added. “It’s easy to tell if you’ve met your goals.”

“We look really fast on the 4×100 relay team and my goal is to go to state in that,” Van Gorden said. “Every kid on the team has fun together. Practice is always tough, but it needs to be to get us in shape so we can excel.”

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Senior runner Hudson Wilvers is also returning this year, coming off a second-place finish in the 1,600 meter at the state meet last season. He is again expected to advance to the state meet.

Chris Cosmi, another senior returning to varsity, will contribute as a middle-distance runner.

The boys’ team will have approximately eight returning varsity athletes, Wilvers said. He and Melissa Berry share coaching duties at South Tahoe for both boys and girls.

Wilvers, who is a local church pastor, is entering his second year of coaching track at the high school. He said competing in the Nevada 4A Sierra Division pits the Vikings’ 40-some athletes against much larger programs that annually field teams of 70-80 kids.

“We don’t have the numbers to compete (as a team), nor the coaches to develop that talent. Other schools are able to do the numbers,” coach Wilvers said.

Wilvers noted 4A foes Galena, Reed, Reno and Hug all have a minimum of five coaches for track and some even have seven.

“Also our facility is still under snow, but that’s nothing new. We’re used to that,” he added.

In the meantime, the kids have found plenty of places to practice.

“We’re mostly indoors, but we go out and do some hills and stuff like that,” Van Gorden said.

2003 Schedule:

3/8 at Carson 9 a.m.

3/15 at Carson 9 a.m.

3/21 at Reed 3:30 p.m.

3/22 at Fallon 9 a.m.

3/28 at Reed 3:30 p.m.

3/29 at Reed 9 a.m.

4/5 at Reno 9 a.m.

4/12 Carson Invit. 9 a.m.

4/17 at N. Valleys 3 p.m.

4/29 at Sparks 3:30 p.m.

5/2 at Reno 3:30 p.m.

5/9 at Reno 3:30 p.m.

5/10 at Reno 9 a.m.

5/15 State Trials TBA

5/16 State Meet TBA

5/17 State Meet TBA