Briefs: Hurwitz has a leg in Hornets’ conference relay title |

Briefs: Hurwitz has a leg in Hornets’ conference relay title

Steve Yingling, Tribune sports editor

Jake Hurwitz’s freshman track season at Sacramento State ended in glory on Saturday at the Big Sky Outdoor track and field championships in Missoula, Mont.

Hurwitz, a former Northern Nevada 4A zone sprint champion while attending South Tahoe High, was a member of the Hornets’ conference champion 4-by-100 relay team.

“To start off Saturday with that win, it gave our team an uplift for the rest of the day,” Hurwitz said. “It was the first time we ran the race we knew we could was in conference.”

Difficulty with handoffs troubled the team throughout the season, but the Hornets still came into the conference meet with the second-best time (40.92) to Northern Arizona’s 40.70.

“We’ve been having bad handoffs all year,” Hurwitz said. “We were finally able to work on our handoffs all week, and in the race we had perfect handoffs. We all ran the race we needed to, and it just worked out perfectly.”

Hurwitz, Jonathan Davis, Christopher Brown and Obi Osuji ran a season-best 40.48 seconds to win the relay. It was the school’s second-best time ever in the event.

The former Viking track star also competed in the 100- and 200-meter dashes during the season and expects his times to come down as he adapts to a new style of running.

“They’re teaching me to run more upright and with higher knees,” Hurwitz said. “I haven’t become accustomed to running that way this year, but when I get accustomed to it, it will help me in the long run.”

Chris Barna’s Lambuth University, Tenn., baseball team lost the NAIA South Central Super Regional best-of-three series to Spalding, Ohio, over the weekend.

Spalding advanced to the NAIA World Series with a 9-4 victory on Thursday and a 7-2 triumph Friday in Jackson, Tenn.

Seven super regional winners automatically advanced to the May 24-31 World Series in Lewiston, Idaho, and three at-large teams will be selected to fill the 10-team bracket.

Area youths have an opportunity to play summer basketball through The Douglas Country Parks and Recreation Department and Competitive Edge Athletic Academy.

This traveling AAU Youth Basketball League is accepting teams for boys and girls divisions for third and fourth grades and fifth and sixth grades.

Parents or coaches need to form their own team and register the squad with Competitive Edge for a $275 registration fee. Teams receive an eight-game season and a weekend double-elimination tournament. Registration deadline is May 31, with a 10-team capacity for each division. The season runs from June 17 through Aug. 1, with league games being played Monday through Thursday at either Kahle Community Center in Stateline or Stewart Gym in Carson City.

For more information, contact Nathan Tolbert at Competitive Edge at (775) 782-3944 or Bryce Mulder at the Douglas County Recreation Department at (775) 782-9828.

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