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State meet marks end of era for Hurwitz, beginning for Ramos

Matt O'Neill

This weekend marks the end of a stellar career for one South Tahoe High track star and the beginning of another.

Senior Jake Hurwitz will conclude his South Tahoe athletic career down in Henderson, Nev. at the Nevada 4A state track and field meet, while freshman Amber Ramos will make her first-ever trip to the championships.

Joining Ramos as a first-timer is senior Wayne Lucero, who is only in his second year of organized track.

Sophomore Karen Dalmacio is making her second consecutive trip. All four try to shake off the remnants of a disappointing zone meet a week ago by redeeming themselves with five individual titles.

Hurwitz is running both the 100-meter dash and the 200 meters, while Dalmacio is running the 200.

Ramos is running the 2 mile and Lucero is competing in the long jump.

Hurwitz was just edged out for a three-peat in the 100 at the zone meet by McQueen’s Chris Carr and finished fourth in the 200.

“He was really disappointed that he didn’t win the 100,” Viking coach Rick Brown said. “He was still pretty deflated for the 200.”

STHS’s other 200 sprinter, Dalmacio has her work cut out this weekend. On paper, the sophomore is sitting 13th out of 15 sprinters, but that doesn’t deter her one bit.

“Now that I’ve been there before, I can adjust,” she said. “Zone is all about getting to state. Now, I’m there, I can just worry about running.”

The other female runner for the Vikings is very used to high-intensity races despite the fact she is only a freshman and making her first trip to the state meet.

Ramos is a world-class mountain biker and finished second in the state cross country meet last fall.

“Amber is probably the most focused out of all them because of her background,” Brown said. “But she’ll have to run a sub-12-minute race to win.”

Lucero is the most untested of the quartet as this is his first trip to the state meet.

At the beginning of the season, Lucero was unknown and unproven long jumper. He didn’t even make a final in a track meet as a junior but has made substantial growth in his final year of competition.

“If you would have told me he would qualify for state, I would have laughed you all the way around the track,” Brown said.

Despite his inexperience, Lucero expects big things.

“I’m going to go out there and try to make the finals,” the senior said.

The meet begins Thursday with the trials for the 100 and 200 and continues through Saturday with the long jump.

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