STHS track continues to trim seconds off time
March 31, 2003
The South Tahoe track team, missing top male runner Hudson Wilvers, struggled to place in the Reed Invitational over the weekend. The girls’ team finished 20th out of 25 teams with six points and the boys’ team finished with no points.
“Basically, nothing happened with the boys’ varsity team,” said STHS coach Melissa Berry, adding that even with Wilvers in the lineup the team still would have a tough time placing due to not having enough athletes to fill all the races and events.
“He would have only run two races and winning those would have given us only 20 points,” she said. “Most other schools are up in the 70s.”
On the girls’ side, Karen Dalmacio made the finals in the 100 meters and placed seventh overall with a time of 12.5 seconds. She finished 16th in the 200 with a time of 27.65.
“(Teammate) Jackie Marshall beat her again this week with a time of 27.49 for 13th place,” Berry noted.
Berry praised the performance of the freshman/sophomore boys’ team.
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“My rising star, Jason Todd, got third in the 100 (11.89),” she said. “On Friday, he ran the 200 and he just died at the end. When I looked at the score he should have made the finals. I protested it and looked at the tape and he didn’t appear anywhere in it. It turned out he ran in the wrong heat. It took most of the day to get it straightened out.
“They switched it up so he got to the 200 finals and he false starts,” Berry added. “It’s one time and you’re out. He should have placed third because of his time. He’s a first-year runner and it’s exciting for me to have someone who has never run before doing so well. He didn’t even start at the beginning of the season and he’s phenomenal.”
For his efforts, Todd is being moved up to the varsity squad, Berry said.
Matt Bobman also exceeded expectations in the shot put with a fifth-place finish (44 feet, 7 inches).
Berry said the team is looking to improve on its times each week.
“We’re making leaps and bounds, dropping seconds off instead of little increments,” she said.
The track team travels to Reno on Saturday for a four-way league meet versus Reno, McQueen and Spanish Springs. The meet begins at 9 a.m.
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