There was no shade out there, just heat and wind swept desert around the pack of dedicated cross-country runners.
The South Tahoe cross-country team traveled to Dayton this past Friday for its fourth meet. The conditions and race times weren’t ideal, but the runners toughed it out.
“The best part about last week was everyone was healthy,” head coach Jake Hurwitz said. “It was one of our first solid runs and everyone felt good about how they ran.
“We’re finally hitting the stride of where we need to be this time of year.”
The course was unforgiving. The team ran out into the desert for two miles before finishing the course on concrete at the high school.
Harley Norton was the boys top finisher, coming in fifth overall.
Orion Maxwell charged in second among the South Tahoe boys.
Sophomore Tatum Whatford turned in a top time for the girls, along with Karley Martinez, who is making a strong comeback after overcoming an ankle injury.
Riley Redding, Cara Filce, Rebecca Novak and Lauren Tang rounded out the girls’ top times.
The Vikings carried the Dayton momentum into practice this week as they prepared for their Fernley meet on Thursday. Former girls coach Dan Wilvers came out on Monday to give some pointers.
“I give credit to what he’s built in the cross-country community in the last few years,” Hurwitz said.
UP NEXT: The Vikings will host their annual Retro Relay costume meet on Wednesday afternoon. Coaches are still looking for volunteers to help out at the meet. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.