STHS track star Wilvers closes in on school record for mile |

STHS track star Wilvers closes in on school record for mile

Chad Sellmer, Tribune staff writer

South Tahoe High School’s track team faced hundreds of athletes from area schools at the Elks Invitational on Saturday at Fallon, taking home some first-place medals.

The meet hosted 763 athletes representing 21 schools.

On the boys’ side, Hudson Wilvers ran the 1,600 meters in 4 minutes, 23.38 seconds, good for first place and possibly a new record for the invitational. The Viking senior was only 5 seconds off the school record set by Greg Hitchcock in 1977.

Wilvers also won the 800 with a time of 2:02.54.

STHS track coach Dan Wilvers said that he believes Hudson’s time in the mile “broke the meet record,” but there is no way to verify this.

“They lost all their meet records,” Wilvers explained. “Their coach told me that somebody tore up the file that had all the records in it, but that he believed (the time) to be a record.”

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Wilvers expects the conversion of his son’s time to sea level would be around 4:17, good news for his upcoming meet. The coach was also impressed with his ‘negative splits’, meaning that his second lap was faster than his first in the 1,600 meters.

“He is running at sea level this week because he was invited to the Stanford Invitational,” Wilvers said. “He’s the only kid going from the team. Right now he’s breathing well, so that’s good news.”

Dan Wexelblatt also performed well, according to Wilvers.

“He was 13th in the discus out of 70 guys and he was 19th in shot put,” Wilvers said. “What’s really impressive is that he’s a technician. He’s not tall (5-6), but he has such good form and he works so hard.”

Chris Cosmi was seventh out of about 60 athletes in the 800 meters with a time of 2:11.

“Every one of these kids has been working hard for the past four weeks on the distance team,” Wilvers said, “and this week it all started coming through.”

On the girls’ side, Karen Dalmacio was the top finisher with a silver medal in the 200 meters (27.50) and a bronze in the 400 (1:02.21).

“For me, Karen did exactly what I thought she would do, which is improve her time,” said Vikings track coach Melissa Berry, who shares duties with Wilvers. “She’s right on track to go to the state meet again this year.”

Berry said being able to practice on the school’s track has made a huge difference for the team.

“Since we’re on the track now we’re making good progress with sprinters and distance kids,” she said.

The team’s next meet is Friday and Saturday at the Reed/Sparks Rotary at Reed beginning at 3:30 p.m. and 9 a.m., respectively.