RENO, Nev. - The Vikings cross-country team left the competition in its dust Friday.
Both the boys and girls cleaned up at the Division 1-A Northern League Championships and will advance to state finals Saturday in Boulder City, Nev.
The boys, who are two-time reigning state champions, claimed first place overall with Conner Henderson leading the way for the second year in a row.
Henderson set a blistering first-place pace, averaging 5:30 a mile. He charged over the finish line at 17:04, a good 11 seconds faster than the second-place runner.
Harley Norton was right on his teammate's heels, with an 18:03 finish (5:49/M), which was good enough to earn him seventh place.
South Tahoe averaged a time of 18:08, with help from Tyler Myers (13th, 18:16), Dylan Maxwell (18th, 18:36), Ross Kovac (21st, 18:40) Logan Evans (27th, 19:01) and Conner Rettig (30th, 19:13).
The boys bested seven schools to earn a trip to state championships and a chance to defend their title in Boulder City, Nev. They will be joined by the top four finishers - Elko, Truckee and Spring Creek, which finished second, third and fourth respectively.
Girls claim third
The freshmen girls led the lady Vikings to a third place finish overall.
Freshman Tatum Whatford flew over the finish line in seventh place with a time of 21:49 and an average mile of 7:02.
Freshman Riley Rettig turned in a 10th place finish, charging in at 22:12 with a 7:10 average mile time.
Karley Martinez (15th, 22:30), Rebecca Novak (16th, 22:34), Emily Treat (18th, 22:39), Cara Filce (21st, 23:10) and Lauren Tang (23rd, 23:19) all contributed to the Vikings' team average of 22:21.
The girls ran against six schools and will meet Elko, Truckee and Spring Creek in the state finals Saturday.