South Tahoe track competes at Northwest Invitational, multiple Vikings deliver personal-best marks
RENO, Nev. — The South Tahoe track and field team capped off its spring break in style last Saturday, April 16. Half of the Vikings’ team competed in the Northwest Invitational at McQueen High, and those that made the trip delivered strong results with regionals and state less than a month away.
“There wasn’t an athlete that didn’t have a personal record — everyone was hitting their stride,” Vikings coach Jake Hurwitz said. “The mindlessness of not having school brought a lot more competition to the team. It was fun for all of us.”
Junior Maya Brosch continued her stellar campaign by sweeping the hurdles events at the invitational. Brosch ran a career-best 15.11 in the 100 hurdles, and produced a 44.62 in the 300 hurdles. She is undefeated in six Nevada meets in the longer distance.
“Maya had a great meet,” Hurwitz said.
Brosch also ran the 100 (12.89) and 200 (25.96) on Saturday. She finished second in both events behind Spanish Springs junior Jessica Ozoude, continuing the back-and-forth battle between the standout sprinters.
“Jessica has made Maya hungry again — it’s awesome,” Hurwitz said. “Maya doesn’t have a lot of competition, so to put this girl out in front of her in every meet we’re at is really pushing her to do a lot more.”
Later this month, Brosch will race in the Sacramento Meet of Champions. The meet scheduled for Saturday, April 30, will feature athletes from California, Northern Nevada and Oregon.
On the boys side, South Tahoe delivered standout individual performances led by its veterans. Senior Carson Alexander produced top-four finishes in the 110 hurdles (second, 15.86) and 300 hurdles (fourth, 42.60). Both marks were his best of the season after working alongside Brosch on technique in the starting block during practices last week.
“Those senior boys had a really good overall showing,” Hurwitz said.
Senior Quinn Ritter topped 40 feet in the triple jump (40-6) for the first time this season last Saturday to go along with a third-place finish in the long jump (20-1). Ritter also took to the track for the 400, and ran a 54.50 while racing in the event for the first time.
“He’s got some injuries and stuff plaguing him, but he’s definitely getting stronger,” Hurwitz said.
In the discus, seniors Chase Stalter and Blair Binns delivered South Tahoe’s top results at McQueen. Stalter threw a 117-5 while Binns recorded a 111-1 — and just missed the vector on a throw that traveled approximately 122 feet.
The Vikings’ big boys concluded the invitational on the track for the 4×100 throwers relay. While the theme song to “Chariots of Fire” blared over the speakers, Blair Binns, Stalter, sophomore Jackson Binns and sophomore Zach Mansfield turned in a time of 55.67 for an 11th-place finish.
“It was something you don’t see at every meet, and it’s a fun event for everyone,” Hurwitz said. “Blair had a great final leg. He was actually moving faster than I’ve seen him on the football field.”
South Tahoe has delivered consistent results and shown improvement throughout the 2016 season, and Hurwitz credits the team’s success to a bigger coaching staff. An all-volunteer group that includes Hannah Greenstreet (girls), Syd Brown (hurdles), Elliot Hubler (jumps) and Brad Clark (throwers) has been instrumental in the Vikings’ progress this year.
“When kids have the attention, they are improving,” Hurwitz said. “It brings a good element to the team as far as having everyone covered — it’s paying off.”
South Tahoe returns to action Friday, April 22, in the Carson Invitational. The two-day event will be held at Carson High (Carson City, Nev.). Friday’s events start at 2:30 p.m. and Saturday’s competition begins at 9 a.m.