Vikings open season at Northern 4A four-way
CARSON CITY – From a scoring standpoint, the South Tahoe High School track and field team finished well off the pace during its season-opening Northern 4A conference meet on Saturday.
From a team standpoint, South Tahoe boys coach Rick Brown couldn’t help but smile as he watched Lindsey Hitt run her lead-off leg of the girls 4×400 relay in the final race of the day.
“Look at the whole team on the fence cheering for Lindsey,” Brown said, nodding toward a blue-clad gathering of athletes located at the top of the home stretch. “This is a good group and the team unity has just been tremendous.
“The girls captains got together and put on a spaghetti dinner for the entire team last night. It was just something they did to try and get some unity going, and everyone liked the idea so much, they’ve decided they want to do it every couple of weeks or so.”
The motivation from the night before seemed to carry over to Saturday because the Vikings produced some solid performances in their season debut at Carson High School’s Jim Frank Track and Field Facility.
Carson emerged as victors in both the boys and girls divisions, as the Senators outdistanced Fallon 96-83 in the boys scoring and 97-63 on the girls side. South Tahoe’s girls scored 54 points to finish third and the boys had 44 points to finish fourth.
For the Vikings, whose home facility is still covered by snow, simply getting to compete outdoors was an accomplishment, even on a day when the temperature never hit 50 degrees.
“A lot of these girls didn’t even know what a track looks like,” South Tahoe girls coach Julie Pope joked.
“I was real happy with the performances. It was definitely a good first meet,” she added.
It was a good meet for Jackie Marshall, who posted victories in the girls long jump (13-10-1/2) and 400-meter dash (1:06.23). Marshall also combined with Danielle Kelleher, Karen Dalmacio and Hitt to take second in the 4×200 relay with a time of 1:55.56.
“I was very pleased with that time, especially considering the limited time we’ve had to work on handoffs,” Pope said. “They set our school record last year and they’re going to be right back in the same form again in no time.”
Marshall, Hitt, Amy Carter and Courtney Carrell finished off the day with a second-place effort in the 4×400 relay. Carrell had earlier finished second in the girls 400 behind Marshall with a 1:10.01 clocking.
The Vikings showed strength in the boys 1,600, where they swept four of the top five spots. Senior Jeff Cosmi led the pack with a time of 4:54.04, followed by Hudson Wilvers with a second-place clocking of 4:58.42, Aston Wilcox in third (5:02.28) and Chris Cosmi fifth (5:06.65).
One of the day’s featured races was the boys 100 meters, where South Tahoe senior Jake Hurwitz edged out Gabe Hatchett of Douglas at the wire. Hurwitz, a two-time Northern 4A champion in the 100, was clocked in 11.27 and Hatchett at 11.31.
Hurwitz was hindered by hamstring problems much of last season, but experienced no problems on Saturday, according to Brown.
“Jake had a horrid start, but he recovered from that quickly,” Brown said. “Mainly, he seems to be fully recovered from his hamstring problem. There was no sign of a problem whatsoever today. He ran a 23.5 split in the 4×2 and looked smoother than he ever did last year, and I thought he ran even better in the 4×1 than he did in the 100.”
Hatchett placed third in the 110 high hurdles at last year’s state meet, but plans to add the century sprint as an event this season.
“I want to go to conference and state,” Hatchett said of the 100. “He (Hurwitz) knows I’m on him now.”
Another highlight during the meet came in the triple jump pit, where Fallon’s Aarik Wilson flew to a first-place mark of 47-3.
“That is absolutely an outstanding jump for this early in the season,” Carson coach Todd Ackerman said of the effort by Wilson, whose mark of 50-1-3/4 placed second at last year’s state meet and ranked No. 8 in the nation.
South Tahoe senior Wayne Lucero finished second in the triple jump with a personal record mark of 41-6.
“That was great for Wayne,” Brown said. “This is only his second year of jumping and he’s come a long way.”
The Vikings will be out on the road again this coming Saturday for a four-way conference meet in Elko. The meet starts at noon.
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