Vikings upset by state meet arrangements
Heading to the Nevada 4A state track and field meet should be the pinnacle of a prep athlete’s career.
Some South Tahoe High athletes dreaded making the trip days in advance, forced to break into their piggy banks. As a quartet of Vikes head to Henderson, Nev., the experience that they should cherish may turn into one they try to forget.
The members making their way south will have to leave the South Shore at 4 a.m today to make a 6:30 flight out of Reno. They’ll arrive in Las Vegas around 10 a.m. but won’t be permitted to check into their hotel until 2:30 p.m.
In addition, the school is not providing the athletes with any funds for food and/or entertainment, according to Viking coach Rick Brown.
Senior Jake Hurwitz and sophomore Karen Dalmacio are slated to run the trials for the 100 and 200 meters that night after traveling all day and being on their feet since four in the morning.
And they’re expected to advance to the finals?
However, Hurwitz and Dalmacio are not the only Vikings affected by the travel plans.
Senior long jumper and first-time participant Wayne Lucero could be shortchanged in his only chance to jump at the state level.
Should he qualify for the finals on Saturday, Lucero will miss his flight back to Reno.
“What am I supposed to do, not try for the finals just to make the flight home?” he said.
On top of that, Lucero is also making his first trip to Las Vegas. With no money for entertainment and food, the big meet is already losing some of its luster.
“I don’t come from a wealthy family,” Lucero said. “I have to pay for everything and we’re not even staying in Vegas.”
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