Bobman puts his name into record book
South Tahoe High’s Matt Bobman broke a 27-year-old school record in the shot put on Thursday at the Outer Relays at Carson High as the Vikings put on an impressive showing.
Bobman got into the record books with a heave of 49 feet, 6 inches, four inches better than the old record, set by Tom Browne in 1977. The junior’s best effort before this season was 42 feet and he thinks there’s still plenty of room for improvement.
“I’ve only been throwing for about two years, so I’m sure I can do a lot better,” Bobman said. “I should be breaking 50 feet pretty soon and then we’ll see.”
The Vikings won five of the eight relays at the event, including the seldom-run sprint medley. With Grant Swinney and Mikey Van Gorden running the 100-meter legs, Kevin Capellino the 200 and Dan McCullough the 400, the South Tahoe team won and qualified for Friday’s Woody Wilson Invitational at UC Davis. The South Tahoe boys also won the 4×100 and 4×200 relays as well as the distance medley relay, where the girls placed second.
Cory Vermillion didn’t run in the relays due to a calf injury suffered playing club soccer, but the junior won the 110-meter hurdles.
The Outer Relays hosted seven teams from outside Reno and the event had an informal feel.
“This is a really fun meet,” South Tahoe coach Melissa Berry said. “This is one event where you just go out to truly have a good time and we did that.”
South Tahoe will send at least 11 athletes to the Woody Wilson Invitational, which will feature more than 50 teams from California and Northern Nevada.
Kacirek shines for Warriors
Whittell High sophomore Katrina Kacirek had three top-three finishes at the Bulldog Booster Invitational at Yerington High on Saturday, including a victory in the triple jump.
Kacirek was second in the long jump and third in the 200-meter dash to lead the Warriors to a fifth-place team finish, while the boys were 14th. Meri Johnson tied for second in the high jump at 4-8.