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Dalmacio uses sprint to dial No. 1

Darin Olde, Tahoe Daily Tribune
Jim Grant/Tahoe TribuneKaren Dalmacio, second from left, buries the field in her heat of the 200 meters during the Sierra Division championships Friday in Carson City. Delmacio won the division 100-meter finals and was second in the 200 and 400 on Saturday.
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Won’t you please welcome South Tahoe High School’s newest 2002 divisional title holder, Karen Dalmacio.

Or, you could introduce her as South Tahoe’s newest record holder, or the school’s greatest hope for a No. 1 finish in the Nevada state track championships.

Dalmacio, a junior, qualified for regionals in all four of her events at the track and field divisionals at Carson High on Friday and Saturday. She beat sprinters from Carson, Reno, Wooster, Hug, Douglas and North Valleys high schools.

What’s more, Dalmacio finished first or second in all of her events: In the 100-meter sprint she finished first with a time of 12.80 seconds, she finished second in the 200 at 26.35, second in the 400 at 1:01.48 and first in the 4×100 relay at 51.57 seconds.

“It wasn’t surprising. I expected that from her,” said her coach, Melissa Berry.

If Dalmacio is the front woman in this band, then right behind her is junior Jackie Marshall, who qualified in all of her events.

Marshall finished fourth in the 200 at 27.42, third in the 400 behind Dalmacio at 1:01.65 and as the second runner in the 4×100 relay.

Joining Dalmacio and Marshall on the divisional title-holding team are Jenae Apland and Lois Hernandez, who ran despite being severely ill.

Coach Berry said Hernandez was dehydradated, and that Colleen Sheehan, the alternate, was warming up when Hernandez said she could run.

Saturday was a particularly difficult meet for Dalmacio and Marshall, Berry said, because they ran trials on Friday night and then finals on Saturday morning in all three events. They also ran in the relay finals on Saturday morning.

“Karen ran a total of seven events in two days,” Berry said. Marshall ran five.

Berry added that she expects Dalmacio to make state in all of her events, including the relay.

“Their hard work is paying off,” Berry said. “And (Dalmacio and Marshall) are only juniors, so we’re going to see it again next year. That’s what’s so exciting.”

Hudson Wilvers was the only other runner on the hill to make divisionals. He finished third in the 1,600 with a time of 4:40.60.

Only the top four finishers qualify for regionals.

Wilvers, who has run personal records this year in the 1,600 and 3,200, began the 3,200 but dropped out after his body refused to cooperate.

Berry said he wasn’t feeling well to begin with, and that his allergies continued to hamper his breathing.

Regionals are Saturday at Reed High School.

Only the top five finishers will advance to state.

— Darin Olde can be reached at dolde@tahoedailytribune.com or (530) 542-8008.


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