The Nevada Twilight Cross-Country Classic wasn’t about top times for the South Tahoe team this past weekend. The Vikings were competing against mostly Division I schools, but the meet was a good opportunity to see where the team is at heading into a new season.
“It was a fun meet,” new cross-country coach Jake Hurwitz said. “I think we approached it as a practice meet. This was our first time getting on an actual course.”
Hurwitz, who coached the track and field team last season, liked what he saw in the opening meet, considering the Vikings have been confined to gym practice for the majority of preseason. This year’s team has 11 girls and 15 boys. Hurwitz is coaching both teams.
The boys team lost some top runners to graduation, namely Conner Henderson, but the new seniors and one sophomore are already looking strong.
Senior Harley Norton turned in the best time overall, finishing 25th among 105 participants. Sophomore Orion Maxwell finished not far behind in 31st place overall. Hurwitz also expects to see big things from seniors Ross Kovac and Patrick Stimac.
Sophomores Paul Mutz and Chase Stalter rounded out the varsity times.
Among the girls, sophomore Tatum Whatford turned in the top time for 49th place overall. Juniors Cara Filce, Rebecca Novak, and Lauren Tang all came in within five places of each other. Filce pushed through a knee injury.
“I think she did quite well for the first race of the season,” Hurwitz said. “She’s kind of comparable to where she left off last season, which is a great place to start, but I think she’ll be a much stronger runner in the near feature.”
Senior Erin Moffat and junior Grace Rosburg rounded out the girls varsity times.
One of the girls top runners, Karley Martinez, was sidelined with a sprained ankle last weekend.
UP NEXT: The team will travel to the North Shore for the North Tahoe Kiwanis Invitational this weekend.