South Tahoe track competes at Reed Sparks Rotary Invitational, Brosch breaks own school record in 200
SPARKS, Nev. — The South Tahoe track and field team wants to be at its best for the regional and state meets at the end of the season. On the way to that objective, the Vikings are delivering strong results.
South Tahoe competed at the Reed Sparks Rotary Invitational last weekend, April 1-2, and continued to show progress. The Vikings were one of 29 teams in the two-day meet at Reed High, a field that included six of their Div. I-A Northern counterparts.
“Regional and state are what we aim for for plateaus and reaching personal records,” South Tahoe coach Jake Hurwitz said. “We’re goal oriented, and that means doing now what needs to be done for the finish line.”
Junior Maya Brosch continued a stellar campaign last weekend, remaining undefeated in 300 hurdles while breaking her own recently-set school record in the 200. The defending Div. I-A State champion in the 300 hurdles, Brosch ran the event in 45.48 to finish first. She has now won it in all four competitions this season.
“Maya performed phenomenally and is running really consistently,” Hurwitz said. “She is holding off everyone in the North in the 300 hurdles.”
After setting the South Tahoe record in the 200 a week earlier with a 25.98 at the Fallon Elks Invitational, Brosch broke her own mark at Reed. She ran a 25.81 in the finals, finishing second to Jessica Ozoude of Spanish Springs (Sparks, Nev.).
“I think she’s just going to continue to shine; she’s figured out her competitive edge and what she’s going for,” Hurwitz said. “Schools are calling, we’re getting letters and it’s definitely exciting — and a big motivation for her.”
Senior Carson Alexander is Brosch’s workout partner in the hurdles, and he also put up strong marks last weekend. Alexander took fourth in the 300 hurdles (42.89) and ninth in the 110 hurdles (16.93). The 300 hurdles time is his best so far this season.
“There was pretty good competition in the hurdles at that meet, and for Carson to be competing well is great,” Hurwitz said.
Siblings Jackson and Blair Binns delivered South Tahoe’s top results in the throwing events while competing in different divisions. Blair, a senior, threw 33-2 1/4 in the shot put (41st) and 111-1 in the discus (14th) in varsity while sophomore Jackson finished in the top 20 in both events in the frosh-soph division, including a mark of 102-2 in the discus.
“Jackson is young and Blair is a senior who has figured it out and found some confidence,” Hurwitz said. “Blair really taken that on this year, and I think he’s going to keep improving.”
Senior Quinn Ritter broke 20 feet in the long jump for the first time this season last Saturday, delivering a 20-2 1/2 to finish fifth. He opted to sit out the triple jump while nursing a leg injury.
Ritter has been working with South Tahoe alum and talented jumper Elliott Hubler multiple times per week and has already improved by three feet in the long jump this season. In the triple jump, his best mark is a 37-8 1/4 — and Hurwitz believes he can reach 43 feet by the end of the year.
“He’s coming out strong, but we’re working new stuff and trying to get him on the board in long jump and triple jump,” Hurwitz said “It’s just dynamics.”
In the distance ranks, South Tahoe’s youth showed why the team will be in good hands after its current group of seniors move on. The underclassman team of sophomore David Holmes and freshmen Christopher Hoefer, Calvin Holmes and Forrest McCann ran to a fourth-place finish in the frosh-soph 1,200-400-800-1600 distance medley relay with a time of 13:09.66.
“They ran a great race — it was fun to watch,” Hurwitz said. “It’s really cool to see that group step up, and they got a chance to see where they’re at in their age group. In an individual sport, to see the team thing arise is cool.”
The all-senior team of Daniel Sandborn, Mario Mangiaracina, Paul Mutz and Orion Maxwell ran the distance medley relay in the varsity division. That quartet placed eighth with a mark of 12:03.70.
“The distance group is in a class of their own — they get great grades, and they’re highly driven and self-motivated during practices,” Hurwtiz said. “They come out really strong from Nordic because it’s leg work and they’re just so dynamic.”
South Tahoe has a weekend off before returning to action Saturday, April 16, at the Northwest Invitational. The meet hosted by McQueen High in Reno, Nevada, is scheduled to start at 8:30 a.m.