South Tahoe’s Brosch wins big at Div. I-A Northern League championships, five punch tickets to state
YERINGTON, Nev. — At the Div. I-A Northern League championships, Maya Brosch added more hardware to her collection. The South Tahoe junior delivered regional titles in three events in the two-day event at Yerington High last weekend, May 13-14, and topped the podium in the 300 hurdles for the third straight season.
“Maya is just kicking into gear; she’s excited and she’s got a little more drive,” Vikings coach Jake Hurwitz said. “We’re excited that it keeps going.”
Brosch ran a 44.49 in the 300 hurdles to win the event at the regional meet for the third year in a row. She remained undefeated in Northern Nevada in the event in dominant fashion, winning by a four-second margin — a whole hurdle.
“That’s unheard of,” Hurwitz said. “If you look at the gaps in those times, it’s unbelievable.”
The South Tahoe standout also took first in the 200 (26.34) and 400 (58.83), her first regional titles in each sprinting event. In the 100 hurdles Brosch ran a 15.83 to finish second. She will race in four events at the state meet.
“She’s out to keep competing, and that mentality is what keeps her competitive,” Hurwitz said.
Brosch runs with what she calls the “eye of the lion,” an attack mentality that has led to continued success in her third season at South Tahoe. And working with hurdles coach Syd Brown has helped the talented junior take her skill set to the next level.
“Maya’s dedication and passion for the sport is impressive for a high school athlete,” STHS athletic director Tony Sunzeri added. “We are very proud of the way she conducts herself off the track and in the classroom.
Fellow hurdler Carson Alexander qualified for state at both distances, after narrowly missing out last season. The senior took second in the 300 hurdles by running a 42.16 and third in the 110 hurdles with a 15.84, ensuring he will end his Vikings career on the big stage.
“Carson is a really happy kid and I’ve never seen him really upset, except for last season [at regionals],” Hurwitz said. “He’s a leader and a captain for our group, an outstanding kid and for him to really find it his senior year. He’s worked hard and he’s earned it.”
Senior Quinn Ritter won the regional title in the triple jump Saturday, but it may have come at a cost. Ritter injured his heel in the process of jumping to a 41-8 at Yerington, a season-best mark.
“He was pretty happy with himself, and at the same time really hurting and bummed that his heel is going to decide how the state competition goes,” Hurwitz said.
Ritter also qualified for state with a second-place finish in the long jump, producing a season-best 21-10 1/2. He now focuses on his health while attempting to top those marks next weekend.
“He’s an athlete, he knows how to deal with it, and we’ve got a great Sports Medicine program,” Hurwitz said. “He’s trying to get it comfortable enough to run on and jump on.”
Senior thrower Blair Binns delivered one of biggest surprises of the meet Friday, punching his ticket to state in the discus. Binns threw a 126-7 to finish fourth and earn the last state spot by two inches over two throwers — including Lowry’s Bryan Terry, who had topped 140 feet in the event earlier this season.
“For Blair it’s been a lot of coming of age,” Hurwitz said. “He’s been the leader of this team for a while, and he decided to focus on himself a little bit. He decided this was going to be his year.
“He was so excited, and we were super excited that he hit the mark.”
Sophomore Ally Sullivan was South Tahoe’s last state qualifier from the regional meet. Sullivan ran to a third-place finish in the 3,200 on Friday, completing her main event in 12:03.25 — on Saturday she took sixth in the 1,600 with a time of 5:42.10.
“Ally has got the peppiest step and it’s awesome to watch her stick with these girls that are seniors,” Hurwitz said. “She’s pushing this pace that’s unbelievable and she was able to sustain it.”
Highlights among South Tahoe’s non-qualifiers last weekend included senior distance runners Paul Mutz, Daniel Sandborn and Mario Mangiaracina delivering top-15 performances and senior Alec Jobbins dropping four seconds in the 800. In the underclassmen ranks, sophomore Cole Rhodes finished seventh in the 300 hurdles while sophomore Theresa Sandborn had top-15 times in both the 200 and 400.
“We had a great day,” Hurwitz said. “We see a lot of potential in the next couple of years. It’s exciting that we have some time to continue all of this.”
Brosch, Alexander, Ritter, Binns and Sullivan each advance to the Div. I-A State championships Friday and Saturday, May 20-21, at Carson High (Carson City, Nev.). Friday’s events begin at 3 p.m. with Saturday’s action starting at 8 a.m.
“It’s a focus week,” Hurwitz said. “They’re all really excited to be competing at this next level. We just have to make sure they’re healthy this week and primed to do their best.”