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Consistent Arroues destined for Biola

Steve Yingling

Kimmy Arroues can look back at her running career at South Tahoe High and smile.

That smile shouldn’t go away as she looks ahead to a future that will include running cross country for Biola University in Southern California. Arroues, a four-year Nevada all-state cross country performer, signed a letter of intent earlier this year to compete on partial scholarship for the Eagles in La Mirada outside Los Angeles.

Not many female runners have been able to produce the consistent results that Arroues achieved throughout her stellar four-year Viking career. In addition to helping the Vikings win two state championships, Arroues finished no lower than 12th while placing as high as fourth at the state meet.

“She’s just rock-solid consistent,” said STHS girls’ coach Dan Wilvers. “In every facet of her running, from racing to training to temperament, she never changed her approach … very focused, very dedicated.”

Arroues will be part of Biola’s talented incoming recruiting class, which will also include Erika Perez of Orange, Calif., and Katie Thede of Salem, Ore. Thede is an all-region selection in track and cross country and Perez is a three-time all-Century League choice.

Arroues took an immediate likely to Biola.

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“Once I started talking to Biola, that’s where I wanted to go,” she said. “It’s a Christian school, and it will be a good place for me. I’ve met some of the runners and they have a really good team.”

Wilvers believes that Arroues will continue her impressive run at Biola.

“There’s no question she’ll do fine at Biola,” Wilvers said. “She’s been in a big program and she’ll be very competitive in the NAIA level.”

When Arroues joined the STHS girls’ cross country program with Kelsey McClurg in 2003, the Vikings began to flourish. Following a third-place regional performance her freshman year, Arroues and the Vikings went on to win state titles in 2004 and 2005 before losing the state championship to Reno on a tiebreaker last fall.

In addition, Arroues twice qualified for the Nevada 4A track and field championships and was part of the Vikings’ 4×800 school-record-setting relay team that ran a collective 9:46.85 at the 2006 state meet in Reno.

Her high school team highlight was helping the Vikings qualify for the first Nike Nationals Championship in 2004 in Portland, Ore. The Vikings’ first-ever national championship-qualifying team placed 17th overall.

“I’m really going to miss it … all the trips and hanging out with the girls. We get along so well,” said Arroues, who was chosen earlier this week by STHS as its female athlete of the year. “The people on the team were like a second family.”

Arroues’ next family is waiting in Southern California.

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