Injuries slow Vikes’ pursuit of track goals
CARSON CITY – Muscles and ligaments were the focus for the South Tahoe Vikings at Wednesday’s track and field meet at Carson High, as two of the team’s top competitors sat out with injuries.
Hurdler Cory Vermillion hasn’t run in nearly two weeks due to a lingering ankle injury, while sprinter Grant Swinney tweaked his right hamstring early on and missed the rest of the meet. Both are key members of South Tahoe’s 4×100 and 4×200 relay teams, which are slated to challenge for a spot in the state finals.
South Tahoe coach Melissa Berry said Vermillion might run in this weekend’s Carson Invitational, while Swinney said he will likely sit out until the regional qualifiers on May 7-8.
“I’ll probably end up sitting out for a couple of weeks to give it time to heal,” Swinney said. “I want to be really ready when it counts.”
The Northern region will send only three teams to the state finals rather than the usual four, which means the Vikings will need both Vermillion and Swinney at their best.
“I’ve been worried about Cory for a while now, but now I’m more worried about Grant,” relay member Mikey Van Gorden said. “We’re going to need those guys to be ready if we’re going to make it to state.”
Dan McCullough and Bryan Finkel subbed into the 4×200 team, which finished first with 3 seconds to spare on Wednesday, but with Finkel fighting a cold the Vikings decided not to run in the 4×100. Van Gorden finished second in the 100-meter dash, while teammate Kevin Capellino was fourth. McCullough finished second in the 400.
Junior Matt Bobman kept his hot streak going in the shot put despite the cold weather, winning the event with a heave of 45 feet, 10 1/2 inches. That’s nearly four feet short of his personal best.
“I don’t want to make excuses, but it sure is cold out here,” Bobman said. “It’s harder to get loose when you can’t even get warm.”
Several of South Tahoe’s distance runners missed the meet due to injuries or scheduling conflicts, but the two who did compete did themselves proud. Freshman Kimmy Arroues won the 1,600 with a time of 6 minutes, 2.36 seconds, more than 17 seconds faster than the second-place finisher, while classmate Kyle Conroy took fourth on the boys’ side.