Wilvers, Dalmacio among best in state
SPARKS — Hudson Wilvers wasn’t going to let allergies run away with him.
Not on his first opportunity to win state at the 2002 NIAA/U.S. Bank State Track and Field Championships on Friday at Reed High School.
Wilvers, who at fifth in regionals was the last Northern Nevada runner to qualify for state in the mile, finished second in the Nevada 4A boys championships with a time of 4 minutes, 34.73 seconds.
Ahead of him was Chris Concha (4:31.89), a junior from Reno.
At 4:34, Wilvers was behind his top performance for the year. He ran a PR 4:29 mile at the Nevada Union Invitational last month. That was before his allergies began filling his lungs with fluid, causing a slow regression in his performances.
“I felt really strong during the last lap … I just went with it,” he said.
Wilvers was in ninth place with 600 meters to go. With 400 meters left, he turned on the jets.
“I was passing a lot of guys I don’t usually beat. I was surprised they weren’t able to go with me,” he said.
The only other runner from South Tahoe to compete at state was fellow junior Karen Dalmacio, who qualified in the 100-, 200- and 400-meter dashes.
At eighth in preliminaries for the 400, Dalmacio was the last runner to qualify for the finals. She didn’t reach the finals in either the 100 or 200, missing the eighth spot in the 100 by only .12 of second.
Yet, the Cornell hopeful made her best-ever performance at state, coming in fifth in the 400 at 59.93 seconds, missing a medal finish by one place.
Breona Gray, a junior from Bishop Gorman, won the event at 59.03, followed by seniors Deanna Appuglise (59.22) from Silverado and Cherisse Lawson
(59.75) from Cheyenne in Southern Nevada.
Ironically, this is the first year Dalmacio competed in the 400. As a freshman, she qualified for state only in the 100, and as a sophomore, only in the 200.
Without question, had the wind not been a factor, she would have set another school record, said STHS girls coach Melissa Berry. “She could have gotten a 58.”
“The wind … it hit me like a wall,” Dalmacio said after catching her breath.
Whittell sets new state record
By Darin Olde, Tahoe Daily Tribune
SPARKS — The pond in the “big fish in a small pond” scenario for 2A Whittell High School’s 4×800 boys team swelled to reservoir status in the 2002 NIAA/U.S. Bank State Track and Field Championships on Friday.
The relay team set a new state record at 8 minutes, 38.71 seconds, beating the old 2A 4×800 record set in 2000 by Faith Lutheran of 8:43.21 by
nearly 5 seconds.
The Warriors’ first runner, Jarret Guajardo — who was so sick he couldn’t climb the podium after the event — ran a PR before handing off to Brian Beebe, who took the team to third place.
Senior Ben Johnson took the lead in the third leg, and first-year Whittell track phenom Chad Gerken took it from there.
“I was screaming that he needed to run a 65 (last lap),” explained Whittell coach Brian Rippet, who added that a 65 would have been padding the time a
bit. Gerken came in at 64.
Rippet said he wasn’t able to watch the defending champions win last year because of a protest that kept him sidelined with scorekeepers.
To win it again this year and to set a state record was more than he could ask for.
“I’ve never wanted anything more as a coach than for (the team) to win it and for me to see it,” he said. “I had one of the parents tape it, and I know I’ll
watch it over and over again.”
Gerken also finished third in the mile (4:51.45), and third in the 800 (2:05.29). Rippet said his star was tired from competing in the relay the day before.
The 4×400 relay team of Ben Johnson, Devin Farnsworth, Matt Johnson and Gerken came in second (3:40.92) behind Incline (3:38.81).
Gerken narrowed the gap and did a good job as the closer, but he didn’t have the speed to catch Incline, Rippet said.
Whittell’s perennial lake rival Incline dominated the 2A division of the NIAA/U.S. Bank State Track and Field Championships.
The boys team held onto the lead from day one to win the state title with 123 points. The girls team finished third with 106 points.
The Meadows’ girls team led with 87 over Faith Lutheran’s 72 at the end of the day on Friday. Faith Lutheran, however, came back on Saturday to
finish first with 176 points. The Meadows dropped to second with 167 and Incline held to third.
Whittell’s boys team finished better than expected after landing in eighth at the end of the day Friday. They finished sixth on Saturday, as did the girls team.
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