Brosch looks to set more school records at state meet
Freshman runner Maya Brosch broke two South Tahoe High School records last weekend at the regional track meet at Lowry High School.
Brosch ran the 400 meters in 59 seconds and the 300 meter hurdles in 46.61 two school records and two personal records.
“Maya is starting to evolve into her events,” said Vikings track coach Jake Hurwitz. “The personal records are her getting familiar with the events.”
The 400 meter race had a little controversy when the computer recording the times malfunctioned and erased the times for that race. Hurwitz said coaches agreed on times and the 59 seconds stands.
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“As a freshman with tons of potential, I don’t feel this time will stay very long,” said Hurwitz who expects Brosch to break her own record at some point during her next three years at STHS.
Brosch qualified for the state meet in four events by placing third in the 200 meter dash with a time of 26.71 and as part of the 4×100 meter relay.
Senior Jennifer Burks also qualified in four events as part of the 4×100 and 4×400 meter relays as well as the 100 and 300 meter hurdles. Burks ran personal records in both hurdle events with a time of 16.32 second in the 100 and 49.04 in the 300.
“She’s just had a phenomenal season,” Hurwitz said. “As far as leadership goes, I feel Jen has not only been a leader for herself, but realized there are others athletes too. She’s very coachable and a very special athlete.”
The 4×100 relay team went into regionals ranked No. 5 and, with only the top four going to the state meet, there was a “pretty real chance” the team was not going to make it, according to Hurwitz. Truckee, the No. 1 ranked team, was called on a false start and did not race opening the spot for South Tahoe. The team of Kimberly Marquez, Kerry Norton, Lindsey Herring and Burks ran a time of 54.41 seconds.
“They were very happy with the results,” Hurwotz said. “Their handoffs were great.”
Another relay team to qualify was the 4×400 of Tatum Whatford, Zoe Mosedale along with Burks and Brosch who ran a time of 4:20, 14 seconds faster than the teams previous season record.
“Those girls put a lot of effort in. We’ve had a fight for those (team) positions all season. The four of them have really come together as a team,” said Hurwitz who hope the team of two freshmen, sophomore and senior will come back even stronger next year.
The 4×800 relay team of Cara Filce, Whatford, Rose McDonough and Karley Martinez finished fifth and did not qualify for states, but ran a 10:52.86 and cut 51 seconds off their best time of the season.
For the boys, Davis Casaday qualified for states in the 400 meters, 110 and 300 meter hurdles. He finished fourth overall in the 400 with a time of 52.40 and the 110 hurdles with 16.81. He placed third in the 200 meter hurdles with a personal record of 41.50 beating his previous record of 43.02.
“He had a great race and I think that time will improve come states and more competition,” Hurwitz said. “I’m hoping to see a lot of these PRs get blown out of the water.”
Casaday is also part of the 4×400 relay going to states this weekend along with Quinn Ritter, Harley Norton and Cory McCarthy. The team ran a 3:33 and beat their previous time of 3:47.
Ritter just missed states in the long jump with 19 feet 11.25 inches, only a quarter of an inch short of fourth place.
“It’s really good to see him excel in this area,” Hurwitz said. “As far as raw talent is concerned, he’s got it. I can see him as a force to be reckoned with next year.”
Those who qualified will travel to the state meet at Carson High School starting Friday at 3 p.m. and continuing Saturday at 9 a.m.
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