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Wilvers leads STHS in track opener

Chad Sellmer, Tribune staff writer

In the first meet of a young season, the South Tahoe High coed track and field team traveled to Carson City for a ‘home’ matchup on Saturday, taking third place out of three teams but seeing some strong individual finishes from its top athletes.

“South Tahoe was actually the host of the meet, but we can’t use our track because it’s terrible,” said Vikings co-head coach Melissa Berry. “It is old and was never kept up. It’s not a legal track, so we can’t use it. We had to travel to Carson for our home meet.”

Due to limited numbers on the track team, South Tahoe doesn’t focus so much on team finish as on individual performances.

Against league rivals McQueen and Carson, Vikings’ senior distance runner Hudson Wilvers took two first-place finishes in the 1,600 and 3,200 meters.

In the 1,600, Wilvers was first with a time of 4 minutes, 28.44 seconds and in the 3,200 Wilvers’ time was 10:17.44. South Tahoe’s Chris Cosmi finished second in both events with times of 5:06.10 and 11:15.83, respectively.

The Vikings’ boys’ 4 x 100 relay team took second place with a time of 53.03, and the 4 x 200 relay team finished first with a time of 1.37.10.

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In the 800 meters, Cosmi was first with a time of 2:16.16. In the 200 meters, Kevin Capellino was second at 24.91 and in the 100 meter, Grant Swinney was third at 12.10.

For the girls, senior Karen Dalmacio was first in the 400 meters with a time of 64.96 and the girls’ 4×100 relay team took third place at 55.83.

“I was most pleased with the entire meet in the sense that the kids did really well considering they have not run on a track all year long and other teams are running (outside),” Berry said, noting that all Vikings’ practices up to this point were in the gymnasium. The team plans to move outdoors for practice beginning today.

“We are going to improve every time since we can run on the track,” she added. “We’re working on everything right now. We can work on our starts since we haven’t been able to get into the blocks. Now we will be able to sprint further than the distance of the gymnasium.”

The team’s next meet is this Saturday at Carson versus league rivals Fallon, Carson and Douglas. Whittell High School’s track team will also compete.