What happened to the Viking’s track and field record board?
It used to be in-house, showing the names of South Tahoe High School’s track stars for the rest of the school to see.
By the time it was discarded, the small green track and field records board with “yards” permanently etched on the side was old — so old, in fact, that it didn’t included the girls team.
The board came down and disappeared in the 1970s, about the same time that girls began running track.
The records remained, but it was up to the coaches and the fans to keep the legacy alive.
Dave Price, who graduated from South Tahoe in 1972, originally compiled the track records.
Eventually, he passed the records on to coaches.
How did Price get the records?
“I was there,” Price said from his office in the Nevada Appeal on Wednesday. “I saw most of those records.”
Price also watched the program develop in the mid-60s with Dave Hill and Jim Jones.
At one point he even worked with Rick Brown as an assistant.
Brown, who finished coaching the team last year after heading up the program for the last seven, assumed the records from the previous coach, who assumed them from Price.
The method of passing the records down from one coach to another worked, but it broke down this year when the records failed to reach coach Melissa Berry, Dan Hodgkinson or Dan Wilvers.
The inheritance process failed when Karen Dalmacio, a junior, broke two prominent track records on April 24 during a league meet at North Valleys. A week later, and in the final week of the regular season, Dalmacio was yet unaware she had broken school records for the girls’ 100 and 200-meter sprints.
Brown contacted the Tribune, and determined that Dalmacio had indeed broken two records.
Brown also said he has South Tahoe’s records on file and intends to turn them over to the new coaches.
“The records, in some respects, are sacred,” explained Dominique Westlake, who coaches the South Tahoe Middle School track team, and who volunteered to help coach the distance runners in 2000. “Coaches have a tendency to preserve that stuff.”
Giving the information to the school administrators may be no better than having the previous coach hold on to it, he suggested.
“It worked out well in that people stayed in town and have been able to give it to the next person,” he said.
As for the outdated green board, South Tahoe Athletics Director Don Borges said he’s committed to replacing the board when the records are in.
“I told Melissa (Berry), if you get the numbers, I’ll get the board,” Borges said on Wednesday.
These things take time, added Borges. “Why it’s not getting passed down I don’t know, but eventually we’ll get there … and we’ll get it done right.”
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