South Tahoe’s Buchholz, Brosch win regional track championships
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — Carissa Buchholz is full steam ahead this week as she tries to defend her three track and field state titles.
The South Tahoe junior will be joined by sophomore teammate Zoe Brosch on Friday and Saturday, May 17-18, for the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association State Track and Field Championships at Desert Oasis High School in Las Vegas.
Buchholz last weekend, May 10-11, defended all three of her Northern Nevada regional titles at Churchill County High School in Fallon while Brosch came out of nowhere to win one event and almost qualify for state in another.
“They were both tremendous down in Fallon,” said South Tahoe head coach Rick Richardson.
Buchholz won the 800-meter run with a season best time of 2 minutes, 21.24 seconds. She also claimed the 1600 by about 2 seconds (5:17.04) and set another season best in winning the 3200 in 11:28.33.
Entering the state meet, Buchholz has recorded the fastest times this season in the 800 and 1600 but is about 1 second off the pace in the 3200.
Brosch had never thrown a shot put before this season.
Now, the sophomore is headed to Las Vegas as the best shot putter in the northstate.
Brosch heaved the shot put 32 feet, 8.5 inches, a personal best by over a whopping 2 feet (30-06).
It was just the fourth meet for Brosch, who on April 19 threw the shot put 29 feet in her first meet and has improved by nearly 4 feet in less than a month.
Richardson said Everett Goldberg, South Tahoe’s career technical education exercise science teacher, gave him a heads up about Brosch. He showed Richardson how strong she was in the weight room.
Richardson approached Brosch and a month later she qualified for the prestigious state meet.
“We all know what Carissa can do, she’s a very special talent,” Richardson said. “Zoe had never even thrown before. To improve by a matter of 2 feet within a month is just amazing. She came out of nowhere. She has the drive and trains hard. I’m glad Carissa has someone to go with down to state.”
Brosch, Buchholz and Nicole Morgan, who finished seventh in the high jump with a season best leap of 4-06, combined to score 44 points and help the Lady Vikings finish in seventh place.
“We scored 44 points at that meet from just three girls, that’s crazy,” Richardson said. “Carissa scoring 30 is just ridiculous. If we had just a few more girls … ”
The South Tahoe boys were led by Leyton Sweeney and Christopher Hoefer.
Sweeney earned sixth place in the 1600 in a personal best 4:48.54.
Hoefer finished his high school career with a pair of personal bests. He earned eighth in the 1600 in a time of 4:49.24 and was ninth in the 800 in 2:07.91.