South Tahoe’s Brosch delivers Div. I-A state title in 300 hurdles, four Vikings compete in Las Vegas
LAS VEGAS — Maya Brosch has produced prolific results in two her two seasons on the South Tahoe track and field team — and the standout sophomore now has state hardware to boast. Brosch won the Div. I-A state championship in the 300 hurdles Friday at Del Sol High, the first of an already decorated career.
“I was so excited,” Brosch said.
Brosch ran the 300 hurdles in a season-best 45.18 to win the state championship by a second and a half. Afterward she celebrated by hugging Spring Creek’s Kellie Kinsman, the second-place finisher in the event.
“Running the race and then finishing knowing I was the first person to pass the line — I might have screamed,” Brosch said. “I knew I won and I was really happy — it was epic.”
Brosch entered the 300 hurdles with the top qualifying time, but knew that didn’t matter once she stepped on the track. In the same event last season, she missed out on first by four hundreds of a second.
“I was really focusing on all the weaknesses I had all the races to before to make sure that didn’t impact the race at state,” Brosch said.
The 300 hurdles was the first of four events Brosch competed in during the two-day state meet. In the 100 hurdles on Saturday morning she finished third with a time of 16.07, missing out on second place by six-thousands of a second as the result of an ill-timed lean.
“The 100 hurdles was a pretty good race,” Brosch said. “I should have had second but I leaned after the finish line instead of before.”
Brosch also took third in the 400 on Saturday with a career-best 58.73. In the 200 on Friday, the sophomore finished fifth by running a 26.67.
Brosch was one of four Vikings to qualify for the Div. I-A state championships held last weekend in Las Vegas. Junior Quinn Ritter also qualified in multiple events — he finished fifth in both the long jump (21-8 1/2) and triple jump (41-2 1/2).
On the girls side, freshman Ally Sullivan raced to a third-place finish in the 3,200 under the lights Friday. Sullivan ran the event in 11:49.48, finishing behind only Truckee senior Skyler Flora and Spring Creek junior Julia Mahlke.
Corey McCarthy, South Tahoe’s second state qualifier on the boys side, closed out his high school career with a top performance. In the 300 hurdles on Saturday, the senior ran a career-best 41.48 to finish fourth.
Collectively over the two days, Brosch and Sullivan scored 32 points to place ninth in the girls’ team standings while Ritter and McCarthy collected 13 points to finish 17th on the boys side. Faith Lutheran swept the team competition — for the Crusaders’ girls, it marked a third straight Div. I-A crown.
“It was cool — the group of people that went is a pretty tight-knit group and we all get along really well,” Brosch said. “We all love track and we’re there because we’re good at it — we’re there to have fun, but we also want to do something with it.”
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