South Tahoe’s Brosch defends 300 hurdles title, wins 400 at Div. I-A State championships; five Vikings compete
CARSON CITY, Nev. — Maya Brosch capped a stellar season in record-setting fashion at the Div. I-A State championships last weekend, May 20-21. The South Tahoe junior delivered a pair of state titles while setting school and meet records, as one of five Vikings competing in the two-day meet contested at Carson High.
“Maya put it all together,” Vikings coach Jake Hurwitz said. “She ended up running great races all around, and it was fun to watch.”
Brosch defended her crown in the 300 hurdles by a wide margin Friday night while running a personal-best 43.99 — the top mark all-time at a Nevada state meet. She won that event at eight meets this season, and improved her time from regionals by a half-second.
“Maya was ecstatic that she went under 44 [seconds],” Hurwitz said. “It was literally right on the mark — to do that in elevation is special.”
Brosch also brought home first-place hardware in the 400 on Saturday with a school-record time of 57.74. The previous STHS record of 1:03.04 was set by Brooke King in 2010.
In the 100 hurdles Saturday morning, Brosch overcame a slow start and ran to a second-place finish behind Spring Creek’s Kellie Kinsman. Instead of her typical start of seven and three steps, Brosch added a step before each of the first two hurdles. She was in fourth late in the race before turning it on late to finish in 16.43.
“It’s rare to see Maya behind, and she was until about the third-to-last hurdle,” Hurwitz said. “Then she put the afterburners on and brought herself back up to second. It really kicked her mentality back into thinking less and doing more.”
Brosch concluded her season with a second-place finish in the 200 on Saturday afternoon — her third event of the day. She ran a 26.05 in the event to finish behind Angela Hammond of Cheyenne (North Las Vegas, Nev.), who produced a time of 25.84.
On the boys side, senior jumper Quinn Ritter battled a heel injury both days at the state meet while competing in the long jump and triple jump. The first day was painful and frustrating for Ritter as he took eighth in the long jump with a mark of 19-9 1/2.
“He was feeling it a lot on Friday — to the point of tears — and just tried his best,” Hurwitz said.
Ritter regrouped for Saturday in the triple jump, doctoring up his leg with a tight tape job and Icy Hot — and the result was a career performance. Ritter jumped a personal-best 44-5 1/2 to take third in the event, and took all of his attempts despite the injury.
“He kind of went numb for the triple jump and put out the biggest marks he has all year,” Hurwitz said. “He felt a lot better and he was more confident. You could see the fierceness come back in instead of the pain and fear. He just exploded and it was fun to watch.
“It was make or break and it was really just time for him to put the work in.”
Senior hurdler Carson Alexander finished sixth in both the 110 hurdles and 300 hurdles at the state meet. Alexander ran a 16.01 in the shorter distance Friday and followed that up with a personal-best 41.61 in the 300 hurdles Saturday.
“We were talking ‘eye of the tiger’ with Carson all weekend and he was just 100 percent ready for it,” Hurwitz said. “He put himself out there, and there was an intensity I hadn’t seen before with him with big, long strides.”
Senior thrower Blair Binns entered the state meet with the lowest qualifying mark in the discus, and moved up a spot in Friday’s competition with the best throw of his career. Binns finished seventh with personal record 132-8, boosted by the presence of South Tahoe throwing coach Bradley Clark and Vikings wrestling coach Ryan Wallace.
“It was a windy day and it was kind of tough, but he got a couple of great throws in,” Hurwitz said. “He was really excited and very happy. He put it out there.”
Sophomore Ally Sullivan was the Vikings’ second competitor on the girls side. Sullivan took third in the 3,200 with a time of 12:09.70 as part of a Northern sweep on a forgiving surface not conducive to distance running.
“It was not her best race, but she really ran the race she wanted to — she kept up with the big girls,” Hurwitz said. “The girls pulled in a lot of points — for not being a points-driven team, they definitely scored some big ones.”
South Tahoe’s girls totaled 42 points for a sixth-place team finish — Truckee brought home the girls’ championship with 110.5 points. On the boys side, South Tahoe scored 15 points to finish 19th, with Desert Pines (Las Vegas) claiming the boys’ crown with 85 points.
“We were excited about how everyone did,” Hurwitz said. “There were a couple of ups and downs, but we worked through them well. I think everyone was really happy with how it went.”