South Tahoe, Whittell track teams have strong finishes at state meet
South Tahoe and Whittell high school track teams wrapped up their season last weekend at the NIAA track and field state championship in Henderson, Nevada, bringing home plenty of hardware to show off.
Whittell boys placed fourth out of 18 teams and the girls placed fifth out of 16 teams. Whittell brought 15 athletes to compete, taking gold in four events, silver in four events and bronze in two events. South Tahoe only took two athletes, both from the girls team, but still managed to place fifth out of 20 teams.
South Tahoe senior Maya Brosch and freshman Carissa Buchholz brought home a combined six medals in their events. Brosch took gold in all four of her events, sweeping the podium, and even managed to set school and state records at the meet. Brosch competed in the 200 and 400 meters as well as the 100 and 300 hurdles races.
“It was an awesome feeling,” said Brosch about her state performance. “I knew it was possible and I accomplished what I set out to do.” Aside from her rigorous training, Brosch said one thing she’s learned about being a competitive athlete is to just relax. “I really try not to take things that seriously,” she said. “I know what I can do and I know my competition.”
Buchholz proved that being a freshman isn’t a limitation — she snagged silver in both the 1,600 and 3,200 meters.
“I’m pretty proud of myself,” said Buchholz. “The girl that was my main competition placed first and is a senior so she has more experience than I do, but I was able to hang with her.”
Buchholz finished the 3,200 race less than one second behind the first place finisher.
“Having my girls on the podium, and in the top two, is definitely a wonderful end to the season,” said South Tahoe head coach Hannah Greenstreet. “That validates the work that they put in … this year the season was very unpredictable, but in the end it was very rewarding.”
Whittell’s athletes also had a smooth run at the meet. The team as a whole was awarded gold medals in four events, silver in four events and bronze in two events. It was members of the girls team who took the gold medals.
Anna White took the 400 meters and the 4X100 and 4X200 relay teams of White, Michelle Barnes, Samantha Forvilly and Kyla Rippet took both their events. Forvilly had her athletic alchemy at work in the long jump as well, taking gold in the event.
“We were expecting to win in the 4-by-2, but we still had to focus on our handoffs, which is crucial,” said Forvilly. “The 4-by-1 was a little less strong of a win with our competition, Sierra Lutheran, but it was a good ending in our last leg with Kyla. She pulled through with all of our handoffs.”
The girls relay team also placed second in the 4X400.
Whittell boys didn’t strike gold in Henderson, but had solid silver performances. Dismas Womack placed second in the long jump and Cole Snyder did the same in the 400 meters. The boys 4X800 relay team of Nick Petty, Andrew Carlisle, Jamie Harrison and Snyder also took silver. The boys 4×200 and 4X400 relay teams took home bronze medals for their performances in those events.
“It was a major accomplishment to have 15 athletes go and have 15 athletes finish in the top four in the events they were in,” said Whittell track coach Phil Bryant. “We feel great about it and it was very rewarding to see the kid’s reaction and their performance in the clutch was absolutely outstanding.”
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