STHS boys, Zaskoda rule Battle of Lake
If you like seeing smiling faces, the second annual Battle of the Lake track and field meet was the place to be Tuesday afternoon.
Even though South Tahoe High did as expected and dominated their smaller neighhor to the east – Whittell – in the boys meet but not th girls, few came away from the schools’ only home meet disappointed.
“I’ve been impressed the most with the enthusiasm and the turnout of everybody that’s involved with this event. From the participants to the spectators, they all think it’s a fantastic thing. Everybody says that this meet was a long time coming and they’re glad that we got it going,” said STHS coach Rick Brown.
The friendly rivalry between South Tahoe and Whittell high schools welcomed middle school athletes from Kingsbury, St. Theresa and South Tahoe Middle School, giving the 31-year-old track a workout it hasn’t seen in a decade.
Officials team scores and complete individual high school and middle school results weren’t available at press time.
A stiff breeze prevented most of the competitors from approaching their personal bests.
One of the best efforts was turned in by Viking junior high jumper James Clemmer, who makes you believe he’s going in for a slam dunk every time he approaches the bar. Clemmer won the high by clearing 6 feet, 2 inches and barely missing attempts at 6-4.
“I think it was a collective gasp that we let out that knocked the bar over at 6-4,” Brown said. “He’s got a thurst for the knowledge that it takes to get over that bar.”
Clemmer enjoyed the attention he received Tuesday as a fans formed a semi-circle around the high jump pit.
“I noticed the people and I love all of the sport I’m getting, but I tried to keep it out of my mind. If I start thinking about other things like people watching me, what if I mess up? Every time I come back to my spot, the only thing in my mind is that I want to get over that bar,” Clemmer said.
Sprinting and jumping phenoms Jake Hurwitz and Luke Forvilly introduced themselves to each other, sharing victories. Forvilly outdistanced Hurwitz in the long jump – 19-5 to 18-10 – but the Viking sophomore smoked Forvilly in the 100 meters. Hurwitz crossed the finish line in 11.16 seconds, with teammate Galen Breisacher, a freshman, second at 11.52 and Forvilly third at 11.56.
Other boys winners were Forvilly, 110 hurdles, 17.10; STHS’s Manuel Lomeli, 1,600 meters, 5:02.68; STHS’s Corey Martin, shot put, 43-2; Whittell’s Bob Linkul, discus, 141-; STHS’s David McKenna, 300 hurdles, 44.42; Hurwitz, triple jump, 41-8 3/4; STHS’s Matt Arzio, 800, 2:13.64; Whittell freshman Jonathan Nunnally, 200, 25.96; STHS’s Grant Carter, 400, 55.65; and 3,200, Lomeli, 11:16.
Whittell’s Erin Zaskoda starred on the girls side, winning four of the 11 events. In fact, the Warriors captured first place in six events.
Zaskoda won the 100 meters (15.85), triple jump (31-11), long jump (13-1) and 300 hurdles (54.73).
Kendall Meeker accounted for Whittell’s other triumphs, winning the discus (71-) and shot put (25-4).
Claiming events for South Tahoe were double-winner Elizabeth Orr, 1,600 (8:05.34) and 3,200 meters (18:09); Launa Giordano, 800, 2:45.73; Dawn Hock, high jump, 4-10; and Amy Carter, 100 hurdles, 19.57.
Meet director Anthony Davis hopes to make the event even bigger next year.
“This year was a lot better than last year, but in order to make this event really awesome in the future, we do need to add Incline, North Tahe and Truckee. It makes a more festive event with more schools on the track with more competition,” he said.
Linkul believes the meet will endure with Davis in charge.
“Anthony is never going to let this meet die. He doesn’t let anything down. He still owes me one for the whip cream bath I gave him, though,” said a playful Linkul, who gave Davis the sweet treatment to celebrate his recent wedding.
6-2 in high jump
very good attempt at 6-4 where everyone thought he was already over the bar.
I think it was a collective gasp that we let out that knocked the bar over. It wasn’t really him. Every time he goes out there he shows improvement. He’s workable and he’s got a thrust for the knowledge for what it takes to get over that bar.
I hadn’t told them they were doing it. When they heard the announcement, they went nuts. Can we do it, can we do it.
Adam Wexelblatt, Lawrence Chia, Corey Martin and Barklay. It was hilarious to see those guys carry that big ol’ ball around there.
“with my luck someboyd would drop it on Jake’s foot, and one my one secure chance of going to Vegas is down the tubes.
Jake Hurwitz: He’s still a sophomore and that event if you are running into the win or running with the wind at your back, your steps can be off. He hasn’t quite learned the finesse yet to be able to adapt to the conditions.
Galen, finished 10th in 100 at Carson last week. I hadn’t heard a thing about him until he stepped onto the scene here this year.
Manuel 5 flat in 1,600: that’s pretty good for altitude.
55.0 Grant Carter, season best.
There’s no pressure. There not out there stessing that someone from Reed is on their inside or outside. A good way to break up the next couple of weeks.
The event is well worth it. People will finally realize that this track is worth saving. I don’t think it will be all this work in vain. It will take some time, but all good things do.
Hurwitz: He’s a good jumper and I just wasn’t jumping
21-2 1/4 previous day
It was kind of a windy day.
“I like that all of the schools can come together and run their events and have some competition and have some fun out here. That’s the whole point.
“I want to make it to state this year, and I hope I’m doing what I need to do to get it done. I’m just happy with what I’ve done so far.”
Forvilly: “I thought it was going to be close because I’ve only done long jump one other time and I got 20-3 and that was without practicing.
Four events, hurdles, long jump, 100 and 200.
No. It’s not really my race. The best I’ve done is third place.
Hurdles are his best.
“I wasn’t really looking forward to runing today. I’m just not in the mood, but I think I got a rpetty good time so far. and winning the long jump…
I tried not to jump too hard today. Usuall I reach my leg way out and end up pulling it. I just kind of stuttered.
“Last week we ran on a real crappy trap in Lovelock. I don’t get to run a full five hurdles all the time, it’s probably only the fifth time I’ve done it.
Clemmer, while Mom chimed in that it was her appearance.
I don’t know if it was less competition or what but I felt good today. I have to be more quick to the bar because of the way I was going bfore I was like walking to it. It’s helping me go further over the bar.
I strongly believe I can get 6-5 before the end of the year. I guess I was born with it because I haven’t worked out a day in my life. In basketball I want to attack the rim so hard, so I can get up more and dunk with authority.
“Beau Barkley would have an argument wit that, but I think so.”
I’m happy to compete with some of my friends Whittell like. Joel Warnick and Chauncey Lane. Theyre fun to hang out with.
“I noticed it but I tried to keep it out of my mind. If start thinking about other things like people watchng me, If I mess up. I just have to stay focused. every time I come back to my spot the only thing in my mind is that I want to get over that bar. That helps me get my speed and get my ups in teh air and get my arch right. I lvoe to here them say, “Go Clemmer. Once I hear them say it, it’s like now you got to focus. I love all the support I’ve been getting.
Linkul: I breathe the dicus, it’s my favorite sport and competing with guys like Corey, he’s one of the best guys I know. I like throwing with him.
He kills me every time in shot put. by four feet.
155 dicus is best.
defending zone champion.
“It’s a great feeling being out here with anybody. Anthony is never going to let this meet die. anthony doesn’t let anything down. He still owes me one for the whip cream bath I gave him.
Manuel: I was running my race. I was expecting them but I tried not think about them.
The shin splints are keeping me back a little.
It makes me run faster.
Anthony: This year is a lot better than last year, but in order to make this event really awesome in the future we do need to add Incline, North Tahe and Truckee. It make a more festive event with more schools on the trac with more competition.
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