Vikings season right on track
The South Tahoe High School track team competed in the Big George Invitational on Saturday and 11 Vikings came away with top 10 finishes.
“It was a very windy day,” said South Tahoe track coach Jake Hurwitz. “The sprinters had an advantage, but the long distance was fighting it in both directions.”
Senior Jennifer Burks placed second in the 100 meter hurdles with a time of 16.38 while freshman Maya Brosch placed sixth with 17.29.
Brosch also was second in the 400 meters and third in the 300 meter hurdles. Burks came in just behind Brosch in the 300 meter hurdles for a fourth place finish.
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For the boys, Carson Alexander took home third in the 110 meter hurdles with a time of 16.53. Cory McCarthy placed third in the 300 meter hurdles at 42.37. David Casaday finished sixth in the 110 meter hurdles with a time of 16.81. All three recorded personal records at the meet.
This weekend the team will travel to Fernley for the last meet before regionals. The top four runners from Northern Nevada in each event qualify for regionals on May 16-17 and South Tahoe has a few hopefuls.
After the Big George Invitational, Brosch is ranked first in the 300 meter hurdles with a time of 47.20 and fourth in the 400 meters with 61.00. She’s ranked fifth in the 200 meters and 100 meter hurdles, eighth in the 100 meters.
Burks is currently third in the 100 meter hurdles with a time of 16.38 and third in the 300 meter hurdles at 49.85.
“I’m expecting both Jen and Maya to do big things in the hurdles,” Hurwitz said.
Other hopefuls from the girls team for regionals is long distance runner Cara Filce, thrower Kerry Norton and triple jumper Tatum Whatford.
Filce is 10th in the two-mile with a time of 12:53.66. She’ll have to cut her time down by just under 40 seconds this weekend to push her way into fourth. She also broke six minutes in the mile at Big George last weekend.
Norton is in contention to qualify in the discus and as of this week is ranked 10th with her best recorded throw of the season at 87 feet. She’s been throwing close to 100 feet in practice, according to Hurwitz.
Whatford, coming back from a hip injury, is ranked ninth in the triple jump with a season high of 29 feet 6 inches. Hurwitz said she’s been jumping close to 32 feet in practice, which would put her third in the division.
Alexander, McCarthy and Casaday are all looking to qualify for regionals in the 110 hurdles with each ranked four, five and six respectively. McCarthy is currently third in the 300 meter hurdles and Casaday is close by at fifth and hoping to move up one place this weekend in Fernley.
Distance runners Harley Norton and Ross Kovac will need to move up a few places this weekend in order to qualify. Norton is seventh in the mile and needs to cut his time down by 11 seconds to move into fourth place. Kovac is 10th in the two-mile and needs to shave off 20 seconds to break the top four.
Long jumper Quinn Ritter has had a season high jump of 20 feet 1.5 inches putting him at sixth in the division. He’ll need to increase his distance by five inches to make the top four.
The Vikings have multiple relay teams on the cusp of qualifying including the boys and girls 4×800, 4×400 and 4×100.
“I think Fernley will be good for us,” Hurwitz said. “We’ve had a good season so far.”
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