Hurwitz, Dalmacio qualify for sprint finals
HENDERSON, Nev. – After a disappointing second at zone a week ago, South Tahoe High senior Jake Hurwitz pulled off his best Superman impersonation when he won his preliminary in the boys state 100 meters Thursday night.
Hurwitz, a two-time Northern Nevada 4A zone sprint champion, advanced to the state finals with a 10.85 at Foothill High.
“I think it rejuvenated him,” Viking coach Rick Brown said.
Hurwitz, who had been plagued by poor starts for the past few meets, got off to a great start but still had to come from behind to win his heat.
“When the guy next to me got out in front, I liked the feeling of having to catch someone. It reminded me a lot of running the 4 by 100,” Hurwitz said.
His performance in the 200 was less impressive as he failed to qualify, finishing seventh overall.
But with his time in the 100 he will be running in the finals Saturday.
South Tahoe’s other 200 sprinter, Karen Dalmacio, slipped into the finals by a ponytail.
“I’m so happy you don’t even know,” Dalmacio said. “I wasn’t expected to make it, but I did. Because the competition was so stiff I didn’t know.”
She finished fourth in her preliminary heat at 26.75 and attributed making the finals because of the whipping motion of her ponytail as she lunged across the finish line.
Competitors had to at least finish fourth in their preliminary heats to qualify for finals.
“It was a good race, the hardest she’s run all year,” STHS girls coach Julie Pope said. “She had a bad start, and that’s something we’ve been working on.”
STHS’s Amber Ramos runs the 2 mile on Friday, and Wayne Lucero long jumps on Saturday.
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