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Wilvers breaks Vikings school record in 1,600

Chad Sellmer, Tribune staff writer

There’s nothing like going out on a high note.

In the last race of Hudson Wilvers’ prep career as South Tahoe High’s best runner in many years, he shattered another school track record, this one dating back to the 1970s.

At the Great Southwest Classic meet Saturday in Albuquerque, N.M., Wilvers broke a 1,600-meter mark set by Greg Hitchcock in 1977. The meet featured several state champions from as far away as Texas and Colorado and Wilvers matched up with them extremely well in the event, which was a measure of 1,500 meters, the standard college length. His official time of 3 minutes, 59.72 seconds was good enough for fourth place and the converted time of 4:12.78 is 4.5 seconds better than Hitchcock’s record of 4:17.34.

“This was a big school record,” said STHS track coach Dan Wilvers. “Hitchcock was arguably the best runner to ever come out of South Tahoe before Hudson came along.”

Hitchcock still holds the school record in the 3,200, while Wilvers broke his own school record in the 800 last weekend at the state meet in Las Vegas.

Another conversion is also used to determine the effect of altitude. Hitchcock’s record was set at sea level. Wilvers ran at 5,200 feet in elevation, so his time with a sea-level conversion worked out to 3:54.64.

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“It was a great race. It was 84 degrees at meet time with the perfect weather conditions we had hoped to get in Las Vegas (at the 4A state meet),” said Dan Wilvers. “Hudson got some great conditions and he had a great field that pulled him. Everything went his way except that it was a crowded field and he got boxed in on the second lap, so he had to run really hard on the third lap to catch the other runners.”

Dan Wilvers said his son held second place briefly but lacks some of the upper-body strength used by top runners in the meet. The winner with a time of 3:55.92 was Lionel Manzano of Marble Falls, Texas.

“(Manzano) pulled away in the last 200 meters. He had a kick that Hudson just didn’t have,” he said.

Hudson also qualified for the Junior Nationals meet at Stanford in mid-June, but he is not planning to attend since he is preparing to enter Long Beach State University in the fall.

“He said enough is enough. He’s been training on a treadmill for a month indoors so he’s done with it,” he said.

En route to finishing fourth in Albuquerque, Wilvers beat Stephen Pottey of Galena by 12 seconds. Pottey and Wilvers finished first and second in the 1,600 at the 4A state meet.

“Hud is the man this year,” Dan Wilvers said. “He did something really big (Saturday) night and also last week in the 800. I’m just so happy for him with what he’s been through with the allergies.”