Vikings’ distance runners carry team at Reed meet |

Vikings’ distance runners carry team at Reed meet

The South Tahoe High track and field team battled gusty winds and cool temperatures at a five-team meet on Saturday at Reed High School in Sparks. The weather affected several of the Vikings’ performances, but the team was still able to post some highlights.

In the 1,600-meter race, sophomore Kelsey McClurg took first with a time of 5 minutes, 38 seconds. Her time was 15 seconds slower than her mark in last week’s season opening meet at Manogue, but like most of the team’s results on Saturday, it was weather-induced.

Freshman Kate Lambdin won the 3,200 in 12:42 and senior Anna Lambdin took second (13:12). South Tahoe’s 4×800 relay team also finished first to help the Vikings total 40 points, which was good for fourth place. Galena won the meet with 165 points.

The South Tahoe boys’ team didn’t use its top runners and the limited numbers led to the Vikings finishing last with 10 points. Alex Matzinger, though, threw 110 feet in the discus to place fourth, his highest finish ever and a personal record. Alex Sharp, a senior, placed third in the 1,600 meter race, while Matt Bobman threw a 43-1 in the shot put to finish in third. McQueen won the meet with 145 points.

The Vikings are hoping for better weather and results this weekend when 11 of them travel to the prestigious Stanford Invite in Palo Alto.

“We ran conservatively this week due to weather and the fact that this meet wasn’t too important, but we did have a couple of good marks,” said South Tahoe coach Dan Wilvers. “The bigger news is that we have 11 kids who qualified to compete at the Stanford Invite. It is the premier meet in Northern California this season and you have to be good to compete there.”

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