South Tahoe track off to strong start, still has room to improve
The South Tahoe track and field team is off to a strong start in the 2015 season. And the Vikings still have room to grow.
Coached by Jake Hurwitz, South Tahoe has already started the campaign with eye-opening marks in its first five meets. With a group of young talent this year, several athletes are already making a name for themselves as NIAA state championship hopefuls.
Sophomore Maya Brosch broke school records in the 400 (58.76) and 300 hurdles (44.59) at last year’s Div. I-A state meet at Carson High. This year she has picked up where she left off in 2014 — by winning.
Brosch has won several events at each of the Vikings’ meets this season, including taking first in the 100 hurdles during a league meet at Fallon on March 7 and winning the 200 and 300 hurdles at the Northwest Invitational at McQueen High (Reno, Nev.) on March 21.
At the Fallon Elks Invitational last weekend, Brosch was named girls MVP after delivering strong performances in three events. She won the 200 (26.51) and 400 (60.81), and took second in the 100 hurdles final (16.00).
A pair of STHS freshman distance runners, Ally Sullivan and Allee Zaccor, is also showing promising marks. Sullivan and Zaccor are delivering strong numbers not just in their age group, but in all of Northern Nevada.
Sullivan started out her season with a 12:34.60a in the 3,200 and ran a 2:36.12a in the open 800 at the McQueen Invite. Zaccor ran a 5:28.89a in the 1,500 at McQueen, the collegiate mile distance.
At the Bronco Roundup Distance Carnival last Friday at Bella Vista High (Fair Oaks, Calif.) last Friday, Sullivan turned in a season-best performance in the 800. She ran a 2:35.05a in the event, placing 25th overall in addition to 11th-place in the 3,200.
Sullivan and Zaccor are also on the 4×800 relay team. That quartet includes Brosch and senior captain Cara Filce.
On the boys side, South Tahoe’s hurdlers are looking strong early on, with senior Corey McCarthy leading in the 110 hurdles (17.13a) and the 300 hurdles (42.20a) — he also took eighth in the 400 at the Fallon Elks Invite with a time of 53.54a. Junior Carson Alexander is close behind in both hurdling events with a 17.59a in the 110 hurdles and 46.54a in the 300 hurdles.
Dillon Lemons is coming on strong in hurdles, with a 46.90a in the 300 hurdles. The junior has also become one of the Vikings’ top distance runners, putting in a 5-minute-flat mile in his first race this season — at the Bronco Roundup Distance Carnival, he was South Tahoe’s top finisher in both the 800 (2:09.21) and 1,600 (4:51.44a).
McCarthy, Alexander and Lemons are all part of the 4×400 relay team anchored by junior Quinn Ritter. A 51-second 400-meter runner, Ritter has also won the long jump in conference meets at Fallon and Fernley with a mark of 19-8 — at the Fallon Elks Invite, he jumped 20-4 1/4 in the long jump and 38-3 1/2 in the triple jump.
Also strong on the boys team are mile and two-mile runners Eric Dunn, Orion Maxwell, Daniel Sandborn, Paul Mutz and Mario Mangiaracina — Maxwell came in 26th in the 3,200 (10:36.71a) at Bronco Roundup Distance Carnival. Those five are all working hard to make the boys 4×800 relay team qualify for this year’s state meet in Las Vegas.
South Tahoe returns to action at the Reed Rotary Invitational this weekend at Reed High (Sparks, Nev.). The two-day meet begins Friday at 3:30 p.m.
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