South Tahoe track records fall in Carson |

South Tahoe track records fall in Carson

The Northern Nevada 4A zone track and field championships are a month away, but South Tahoe High’s athletes already are in record-breaking form.

South Tahoe’s girls 4×200-meter and the boys 4×800 relay teams broke school records at the Carson Invitational on Saturday in Carson City.

Karen Dalmacio, Lindsey Hitt, Courtney Carell and Danielle Kelleher changed the record books for the second time in a week with their fourth-place 4×200 time of 1 minute, 53.34 seconds. They have knocked six seconds off the mark this month.

“The surprising part was my No. 1 200 runner, Jackie Marshall, wasn’t even in it,” said Vikings coach Julie Pope. “Our handoffs were great and everything was run wonderfully.”

Marshall missed the meet because of an illness.

Matt Arzio, Manuel Lomeli, Jeff Cosmi and Grant Carter shattered the school record by 11 seconds in the 4×800 with their second-place finish of 8:17.

“Last year when they set the school record of 8:28 they didn’t do that until zone, so they are about four weeks ahead of schedule,” said Vikings boys coach Rick Brown.

Dalmacio, a freshman, also made the Vikings girls a factor in a sprint race for the first time in a while. She finished second in 13.26. The school record is owned by Brown’s sister, Colleen, at 12.4.

“We knew that she was fast, but she has abilities that she doesn’t know she has,” said Pope, who got her rookie to soar 4-9 in the high jump a few weeks ago.

Brown had many other performances to gloat about as James Clemmer leaped 6-foot-4 to win the high jump, Carter ran a season-best 2:02 to finish third in the 800 meters, consistently good Manuel Lomeli was runner-up in the 1,600 meters in 4:36; Cory Martin placed third in the 3,200 meters in 10:33; and freshman Chris Cosmi finished fifth in the 3,200 meters in 10:55.

“We’re right up there in the distance races race this year, and we haven’t been doing that,” Brown said. “A lot of the success that we’re having at 800 meters on up is (assistant coach) Dominique Westlake’s presence on the team. He’s carried over the success from the state cross country champions. They know him, respect him and follow his plan.”

On the downside, Brown’s junior sprinting phenom Jake Hurwitz aggravated his hamstring with 35 meters left in the 100-meter dash. Hurwitz led the field 60 meters into the race, but the hamstring strain sent him back to fourth place at the finish.

“Jake will be doing nothing but workouts and seeing a physical therapist for the next three weeks,” said Brown, who wants to have the defending zone 100-meter champion ready for the division and zone meets. “But boy, did he look good for 60 meters.”

A three-step approach to the hurdles instead of four is starting to pay big dividends for Amy Carter. She finished fourth in the 300 hurdles with a personal-best time of 51.73 and was 10th in the 110 hurdles with a season-best 18.87.

Pope’s distance runners were also at their personal best, with some trimming as much as 15 seconds off their times. Cecilia Cuevas led the milers at 5:55, then came Katie Sheehan at 6;15 and Norma Olivas at 6:20. Sheehan also ran the 800 in 2:57, and Rachel Romero covered the same distance in 3:00. Lauren Bachelder and Kalotina Monos completed 3,200 meters in 13:54 and 14:26, respectively.

“I’m completely impressed with where my girls started and where they are now, and knowing they have so much more in them,” Pope said. “Their times are coming down each time they are on the track.”

For the second time in as many meets, the Whittell High boys track and field team outpointed its Nevada 3A Division II foes Saturday in Lovelock.

Whittell finished well behind meet winner Fernley, but tallied more points than division foes Hawthorne, Yerington, Manogue, Incline and Lovelock.

Team scores were Fernley 140, Truckee 75, Whittell 63, Hawthorne 61 1/2, Yerington 59, Manogue 48, Incline 43, Spring Creek 29, Lovelock 16 and Gerlach 15.

A last-minute decision by distance runner Ben Johnson to run the 3,200 meters enabled the Warriors to hold off Hawthorne. Johnson finished fourth, adding a key four points to the team total since Hawthorne went on to win the final event – the 4×400 meter relay.

“He’s a coach’s dream. He’ll do whatever you ask,” said Whittell coach Brian Rippet.

Johnson was also fifth in the 800 meters (2 minutes, 13 seconds), and he filled in on the fourth-place 4×200 relay team as well.

Luke Forvilly had another huge meet, winning the long jump (19 feet, 8 inches) and placing second in the 100 meters (11.81), 100 hurdles (17.3) and triple jump (39-9, a personal record by two feet).

“We’re trying to decide between the 100 and 200 for him, but it looks like the 100 might be the place for him because he’s more consistent in it,” Rippet said.

Chauncey Lane scored in three events, finishing fifth in the long jump with a season-best 17-9; fourth in the triple jump with a PR 36-7; and fifth in the hurdles with a clocking of 47.4.

Nick Gant also had a memorable meet, placing fifth in the high hurdles (18.6), tying for sixth in the 300 hurdles (47.5) and helping Johnson, Lane and Joel Warnick to fourth place in the 4×200 relay.

Erin Zaskoda and Kim McGlothlin highlighted the girls performances with 29 points between them. Zaskoda was second in the long jump (14-2), fourth in the 200 meters (31.3) and fourth in the triple jump (31-3). McGlothlin was third in the 1,600 meters (6:03) and third in the 3,200 meters (13:26).

“Kim’s putting the scare into the Manogue girls,” Rippet said. “They were dominating the league until she came back from her (bout) of tendinitis.”

Girls team scores were Spring Creek 208 points, Fernley 54, Yerington 48, Truckee 31, Whittell 29, Lovelock 26, Gerlach 16 and Hawthorne 1.

Whittell will compete in the Dayton Invitational on Saturday before taking a week off for spring vacation.

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