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Brown expecting plenty of company for state track meet

This is Rick Brown’s favorite part of the prep track and field season. No, not because the season is winding down and there are fewer student-athletes to “babysit.”

In the week leading up to the this weekend’s zone championships in Sparks, the veteran South Tahoe High coach enjoys working with the pupils who would turn out for practice – even if it wasn’t required.

“This is when practice is fun. You’ve got eight or nine kids who are enthusiastic about practicing because they have a goal that is within reach, intead of ‘Oh, we have a meet this week,” said Brown, whose small zone contingent competes Friday and Saturday at Reed High School.



Even though his group of zone qualifiers is smaller than usuual, Brown feels confident about their chances of qualifying for the state meet.

“The nice part about this is I expect them all to make it to state. Everybody we have going to zone, I expect to see back at practice next Monday, preparing to go to state. There’s no real reason why anybody should be dropping out,” Brown said.




Following their division titles last week at Carson City, sophomore Jake Hurwitz and junior James Clemmer should have the best shots at making the state meet.

Clemmer won the Division II high jump with an effort of 6 feet, 2 inches – two inches under his best. He may need to elevate an extra inch or two Saturday if he wants a zone title, but meeting the state standard of finishing fourth at better at zone should be well within reach.

Hurwitz, the Division II 100-meter champ, has been trying to shake some nagging shin splints. Brown advised him on Wednesday to pass on practicing for the triple jump, one of three events he’s qualified in for zone.

“A majority of the team has had them for the past four or five weeks,” Brown said. “He wants to do that dang gum triple jump, which causes a lot of pounding on the lower extremities.”

Hurwitz will also run a leg in the youthful Vikings’ 400 relay, which also includes freshman Galen Breisacher, sophomore Jordan Breisacher and junior Matt Arzio.

“If we don’t do well this year, we’ll definitely do well next year,” Arzio said.

Like Hurwitz, Arzio is entered in three events. He likes his chances in the 800 meters.

“It will be a big disappointment if I don’t make state. I’ve been real positive about making it. The main thing is to finish strong. I just like to kick at the end and get everybody,” said Arzio, who was third at divisionals.

Brown can’t wait to watch Arzio run Saturday.

“He had his best week of practice all season this week. I don’t think he’ll settle for anything less than winning the 800,” Brown said. “He said something to the effect that ‘I feel a school record coming.'”

The school record is 1:57, only five seconds lower than the 2:02 Arzio recently ran at a meet in Stockton.

“I get real pumped up this time of year. I can’t sleep,” Arzio said. “Finishing third at the division meet gives me some confidence, but I want to get a lot better than 2:02.”

Arzio will also contribute his speed to the 3,200-meter relay team, which also includes Grant Carter, Jeff Cosmi and Manuel Lomeli.

High jumper Dawn Hock carries the weight of the entire Viking girls program this weekend.

“The guys have been joking around with her, saying, ‘Here comes the girls team,'” Brown said. “But she’s handled it well. This is her fourth year on the team and she has a legitimate shot at making state.”

A missed jump at 4-10 – a height she went on to clear – kept her out of state last year. The senior cleared that height last week at divisionals to qualify for zone.

“We made a couple of changes in her approach because she was taking off too close to the bar,” said Brown, who feels Hock is capable of clearing 5-2. “She has to be confident with that change, though. There’s no way she’s going to give up, and that’s one of the things I really like about her.”

Warriors send 16 to zone

Whittell High is sending almost double STHS’s competitors to the 3A meet Friday and Saturday in Sparks, but more pressure is on the Warriors to qualify for state.

While the 4A meet takes the top four competitors from the North and South to state, only the top two finishers advance in the 3A Division II zone meet.

“The other two divisions get three and we get two because we’re the little guys,” said Whittell coach Dan Makley. “It would be good competition for all three divisions and much fairer if each division got two and we took the next two-best times.”

Still, Makley is optimistic about sending anywhere from two to eight athletes to state.

“We told the team (Thursday) that everyone here can score at least one point or a lot more at this meet, and if they all do that we can call it a successful weekend,” he said.

Discus thrower Bob Linkul, long jumper Luke Forvilly, jumper Karin Kaleta and multi-event competitior Erin Zaskoda appear to have the best chances for extended seasons.

Defending state 800-meter champion Sarah Sufka was listed a doubtful for the meet because of a torn thigh muscle that she suffered last month.

Whittell’s competitors and their events include:

– Shot put and discus: Linkul, Matt Miller, Eric Van Cleemput and Kendall Meeker.

– Shot put: Joel Warnick.

– Distance runners: Ben Johnson (800), Nathan Porter (mile, 800) and Evan Jones (3,200 meters).

– 110 high hurdles and 300 intermediate hurdles: Luke Forvilly and Mike DeLeon.

– 300 hurdles: Zaskoda.

– 100 meters: Zaskoda, Jonathon Nunnally and Raymond Hall.

– 200 meters: Nunnally, Hall and Eric Sanders.

– 400 meters: Sanders.

– Triple jump: Zaskoda, Kaleta and Chauncey Lane.

– Long jump: Zaskoda, Lane and Forvilly.

– High Jump: Kaleta and Warnick.

– Relays: Whittell boys entered in 100, 200 and 400.

Notes: Hurwitz has been invited to the prestigious Great Southwest Track and Field Classic on Memorial Day weekend at Arizona State University in Tempe … The last Vikings to compete in the meet were Jeff Seitz and Elliot Hubler. STHS’s 3,200-meter relay team will compete at 4:30 p.m. Friday … 3A zone trials start at 3 p.m. Friday … Saturday’s program starts with field events at 8 a.m. … Brown gave his team off today and Friday to rest up for the meet.

Luke Forvilly, Mike DeLeon (out with knee injury but will come back), 110 and 300

Erin Zaskoda, 300 hurdles, triple jump, long jump, 100 meters. That’s all she gets. She probably would. I’m just curious to see how fast she can run.

Karin Kaleta, high jump and triple jump, chance to go to state in both of them and 200 meters to get points.

Kendall Meeker, shot put and discus.

don’t call me there has been miracle and you can run. I’m pretty sure she won’t compete. She be out there, but won’t be competing.

Chauncey Lane, triple jump and long jump. Luke will also long jump nd may be favorite in long jump.

Joel Warnick, high jump.

Jonathon Nunnally 100 and 200 meters.

Raymond Hall, 100 and 200 meters

Eric Sanders, 200 and 400 meters

4 by 100 relay, boys

4 by 200 relay, boys

4 by 400 relay, boys

Notes: Hurwitz has been invited to the prestigious Great Southwest Track and Field Classic on Memorial Day weekend at Arizona State University in Tempe … The last Vikings to compete in the meet were Jeff Seitz and Elliot Hubler. STHS’s 3,200-meter relay team will compete at 4:30 p.m. Friday … Saturday’s program starts with field events at 8 a.m. … Brown gave his team off today and Friday to rest up for the meet.

“we have 16 kids going to zone.

Linkul, Joel Warnick (shot), Matt Miller and Eric VanCleemput, shot put and discus

Ben Johnson, Nathan Porter, mile, 800; Evan Jones, 3,200 meters.

Luke Forvilly, Mike DeLeon (out with knee injury but will come back), 110 and 300

Erin Zaskoda, 300 hurdles, triple jump, long jump, 100 meters. That’s all she gets. She probably would. I’m just curious to see how fast she can run.

Karin Kaleta, high jump and triple jump, chance to go to state in both of them and 200 meters to get points.

Kendall Meeker, shot put and discus.

don’t call me there has been miracle and you can run. I’m pretty sure she won’t compete. She be out there, but won’t be competing.

Chauncey Lane, triple jump and long jump. Luke will also long jump nd may be favorite in long jump.

Joel Warnick, high jump.

Jonathon Nunnally 100 and 200 meters.

Raymond Hall, 100 and 200 meters

Eric Sanders, 200 and 400 meters

4 by 100 relay, boys

4 by 200 relay, boys

4 by 400 relay, boys

We told the team today that everyone n team to score at least a point or a lot of toints tat this meet, and if al do that we can call it succesful weekend.

State hopefuls, 2 and 8 best can do.

first and second, only.

small league 3A divison. Other two divisions each get three and we get two becaue we’re little guys.

it would be good compe for all three division and much more fair.

time schedule, “feel as ready as can be, considering way has gone. and I’m confident that every perosn we put there will give a full effort.

kindo fheld back in april buyt now just startng to get where they should e, so we should see some iprovmpetn in our overall performance.s

“my, absoulte wife asked, this is when practice is fun. You’ve got 8 or 9 kdis who are enthus about practicing bcause they know they got a goal that is within reach. instead of we have meet this week.

really excited abou tit

Matt Arzio best week

of practcie all seson long, so excited about fact , I don’t think settel for antying less than winning the 800. that’s his goal. mentioned something to the effect of I feel a chool record coming.

1:57.

now run 2:02 at semi alt in stockton, done same thing in carson, wait to you get to vegas even closer to see leve.. Oh,mcoach I feel a school record comng.

sets tone for rest of 4 by 800 relay tema.

it’s going to be tight, there’s going to be some nailbting goin gon. you dont’ know what other teams have been hiding in . did run best four guys, or did put some slugs int there and make chances when get to zone. By rights cant’ do that, even though reed is 3 second s behind us, maybe they held somebody back.

nice part about this I expect all of them to make it to state. everboyud got going otzone, I expected to see back next monday preparing to go to state. no real reason why anyboyd should be dropping out.

just realizing that we’re just getting outside and finaly getting into shape and that’s got some people worried.

“this week, today last day of practice for the week, ran hard monday nd tuesday backd off today and give them thursday nd friday to rest. not whole lot that can be done that’s going oto make them that much faster than they are right now.

now work out bugs, work on relay handoffs, when looking at three tems within 10 secons of each other for 3rd and fourth sptos for state, a botched handoff is difference between going to state and stayng home.

4 by 100 telay team, .52 seconds betwene first five plaes, that’s a blow handoff, you try to rework things tha noticed haven’t been wokring to perfection, so you try to eliminate any chance of messing up. still keeps them sharp without amkng them do too much work or injuring themselves

Jake Hurwitz, shn splint problems, amority of team lat 4-5 weeks. He wants to do that dang gum triple jump and lot of pounding on lowerextremities, it makes inflamed, they’re quite painful. told him today, I really need to do this, are you hurting, stop it now, ice them, exercises, rest or go ahead work on triple jump cant’ get antygnin out of it hurting so bad, and not run satu.

quti positve that these kids are going to raise eyebrows this weekend and all them are going to be going to vegas with me.

official word jake been accepted Jeff seitz and hubler to go

Great Southwest Tracka nd Field Classic, Memorial Day weekend in Tempe, at ASU.

nevada 4 by 100 relay team, depending on next two weeks also be running open 100.

meet brings best ariazona, txexs, n.m., utah, colorado, nevada.

this second most prestigious hs cmeet on west coast.

He’s only sophomore.

He has exp the desire by time he’s a senior of doing the decathlon. Only way to do decathlon if have outstanding marks half marks contested in decathlon.

don’t do javelin throw in Nevada.

expressed desire to learn 10 events in decathlon. That’s just jake. his innocense. mindboggling and it’s frustrating to me. as coach i would liek to see him concentraint on the 100 and 200. as an ath hates 200, he wants to prove how good he can be at multipe events.

depends on how far wants to go and wants to do with it. arizona might help him. great honor to be chose and i think h’ going to have eyeopeing exp when he gets there.

when went with elliot, incredibel for hs meet compared what I’m used to, sat there with mouth open hwol night.

lot of mental prep on these guys this week, James Clemmer prime exampel of awful practice jumper but when he gets to meet he blows people away.

what goes though head standing there ready toump, erase all bad jumps in head in the past.

trying to get them to realize that they belong competing at this level. This is probl the firt group since the david schafer and ryan moore class of 96 finally realized that yeah, we do elong here.’

Ncie feeling btu it’s kndof uneasy feeling. because they’re still young enough when we say we do belong here, because coach says we do. they knew it, othe group.

they didn’t expect to lose.

coutnry song little less talk and lot more action. time to stoptaling and time to show people I thin got engrained in head that’s what going to happen.

freshmam, two sophs and jr (Hurwitz, Arzio, Galen Breisacher, Jordan BReisacher).

Dawn Hock, only senior qualifier, but no boys.

“It is diff and guys kind of joek arudn with her about it, her comes the girls team. told julie pope you’re entire tema didnt show up for practice yesterday had ap test. The guys are giving her hard time about it, but hshe handsle it well fourth her . she’s got legit shot at making state.

missed out misses at lower heights

went out 5-0.

fourth place cleared 4-10 on first attempt, had miss before clearning 4-10. have been workn on, important that she makes every ehight on first jump. This week evn more so that way, only girl out there. Little paranoid getting more of time this week because …

Oh, now paying att to me.

very capable of clearing 5-2, copuple cahcnes in her approach, taking off to close to bar, adju steps up a bit. she has got to be conf enough with that chance, she’s a battler, she doesn’t give up. no way she’s going to give up, one thigns I really liek about her.

she’ll go out jump it, wheter she meks it or not when have that kind of att, antying possibel

4 by 800 (arzio, grant carter, Jeff Cosmi and Manuel Lomeli)

weired combination.

next greeat distance runner in sths history, doesn’t have dsitance base in offssen, like others do.

decision, make him sprinter, speed 800runner,

4 by 800 on Friday.

field events at 8 a.m. kno by 9:5 whter going to state or not.

Matt Arzio

“running all year, so not that big of deal.

Yeah, works out well.

got my best times the last two races, best time 2:02.

1:57.

“maybe dow in las vegas.

all of sudden it hit us all. Most of us been like this.

“Yeah, I do. Big disappoint if didnt make it. I’ve been real positve about making it.

“main thing is to finish strong, I just kick at the end and get everboyd.

Third at division. time was beter than winner on the side.

It gives me some confidence, but I want to get lot better time than 2:02.

“It’s been like realzed but we still get our stuff done, so it’s pretty cool.

“We thingint about, if we dont’ goo good this year we’ll def do well nest year.

same

with 4 by 800.

went last yer, 4 by 800, qualified for zone, lost it in zone.

“I get real pumped up this time. I can’t sleep.”


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