South Tahoe track competes at Carson Invitational, Brosch wins hurdles events
CARSON CITY, Nev. — The South Tahoe track and field team battled inclement weather last weekend, April 22-23, to turn in strong results. The Vikings competed at the Carson Invitational hosted by Carson High, and produced solid marks on both the varsity and junior varsity levels.
“All in all, it was a really fun event,” Vikings coach Jake Hurwitz said.
The action Saturday, April 23, featured primarily varsity competition after rain delayed and canceled events the day before. For South Tahoe, the return to the track meant a return to the top for junior Maya Brosch.
Brosch won the 100 hurdles (16.13) and 300 hurdles (45.12) at Carson, remaining undefeated in seven Nevada meets at the longer distance. She also raced in the 100, placing fifth with a time of 13.20 — the standout will hit the track at the Sacramento Meet of Champions this Saturday, April 30.
“It was colder in the morning, slow to start and slow to warm up,” Hurwitz said. “Toward the end of the day, we had a lot better showing. It seemed like everyone kind of opened up in the afternoon.”
Sophomore distance runner Ally Sullivan provided another highlight for the Vikings’ girls team Saturday. In the 800, Sullivan ran a personal-best 2:28.90 en route to an eighth-place finish.
“Ally is putting it out there,” Hurwitz said. “She’s got two more years and she’s making seniors sweat harder than they should be.”
On the boys side at Carson, South Tahoe’s seniors delivered its top performances. Senior thrower Blair Binns produced career-best marks in the shot put (37-5 1/2, 37th place) and discus (123-7, 20th), continuing to improve his throwing as the season progresses.
“It was a really awesome improvement from Blair,” Hurwitz said. “He’s starting to hit his stride and fine tuning a little bit.”
Senior hurdler Carson Alexander took fourth in the 300 hurdles (42.35) and seventh in the 110 hurdles (16.13). The 300 hurdles time marked a personal best for Alexander. He has improved his mark in that event at every meet this season.
In the distance ranks, three Vikings seniors delivered standout times. Senior captain Daniel Sandborn was South Tahoe’s top finisher in the 3,200, placing fifth with a time of 10:49.93 — beating his best previous top time at elevation by 13 seconds.
“To see him progressing to this time this season — and hopefully further — is phenomenal,” Hurwitz said. “He’s a really hard worker and leads by example — really reserved, but very poised.”
Fellow senior captain Paul Mutz broke five minutes in the 1,600 for the first time Saturday. Mutz ran a 4:55.08, his best time in the event by 15 seconds this season.
“He’s floated around that time all season and he’s really coming into his stride,” Hurwitz said.
Senior Mario Mangiaracina was the Vikings’ next-best runner in the 1,600. Mangiaracina placed 23rd in the event by running a 5:06.27, rounding out an experienced distance group for South Tahoe turning in its top performances with the biggest meets of the season on the horizon.
“All of those guys are about to hit the big stride of pushing under the five-minute mark,” Hurwitz said. “I think we’re going to have three or four seniors at that mark, which is pretty awesome.”
In junior varsity action Friday, April 22, South Tahoe had some fun while waiting out a rain delay. The Vikings competed in teams in a scavenger hunt led by girls coach Hannah Greenstreet, including taking a picture of a teammate having a mock conversation inside a cell phone store.
When the meet got underway, South Tahoe competed against a junior varsity field made up of 12 schools. On the track, freshman Ryan Newberger led the way with seventh-place finishes in the 100, 110 hurdles and 300 hurdles.
“For the hurdlers, he’s the up-and-comer behind Maya and Carson,” Hurwitz said. “I was happy Ryan ran as well as he did and got some new personal records.”
After the throwing events were rained out Friday, sophomore Jackson Binns came back Saturday and threw in the shot put. The younger Binns threw a 10-pound shot put with a mark of 38-8 3/4 to finish fourth overall.
South Tahoe’s junior varsity athletes will conclude their campaigns in the Spanish Spring JV Invitational on Tuesday, May 3. The Vikings varsity team returns to action Saturday, April 30, in the Big George Invitational at Douglas High.