McIntyre wins UNR Twilight Race
SPARKS – Shelby McIntyre has won big races before, so her first-place finish in the season-opening Nevada Twilight Cross Country Race on Friday wasn’t a shocker.
But the way in which the South Tahoe High sophomore won actually was stunning.
McIntyre opened a 30-yard lead on the first lap at Shadow Mountain Park near Reed High School, then stretched her edge to over 100 yards on the second lap and finished with no other runner in sight. Her 4-kilometer time of 15 minutes, 56 seconds was unofficially 28 seconds faster than runner-up Demerey Kirsch of Reno and 39 seconds faster than teammate Kelsey Smith, who placed third.
“I had no idea this was going to happen,” McIntyre said. “I was thinking of staying up in the pack, then breaking the third lap. But I was feeling really good on the first lap and just got first place.”
McIntyre won the Northern 4A regional 3,200-meter title last spring as a freshman.
South Tahoe packed four runners in the top 10 to beat nearest rival Woodcreek for first place, 35 to 47. Torri Zaccor was seventh in 17:02, Cassidy Cichowicz came in ninth at 17:06 and Kaelyn Dion rounded out STHS’s scoring by placing 18th in 17:49.
Sierra Lutheran’s Wade Meddles may have been even more impressive than McIntyre. Locked up in an early duel with Galena’s Bryan Jordan, Meddles pulled away to win the boys’ 4K in 13:06. Jordan’s runner-up time was 13:17.
Meddles only began running on a cross country team last year, and in his first state meet last November his time was the fastest in all classifications.
Senior Erich Baumann led the South Tahoe boys with a 21st-place finish in the 87-runner field. His time of 15:06 was a second faster than teammate Jordan Yingling, who finished 22nd. Vikings’ junior Brady Hiob placed 27th in 15:17, Austin Pearce was 40th in 15:37, Kyle Wilkinson placed 41st in 15:41, Zildjian Borromeo finished 47th in 15:55 and Justin Dalton took 49th in 16:05.
“It was definitely a very fast race and a lot of really good competition tonight,” said STHS coach Dominique Westlake. “They ran very well against some really strong competition.”
The Vikings placed seventh, finishing behind only two teams from the Northern 4A League. Galena was first with 58 points, then came Roosevelt (85), Woodcreek (88), Reno (92), Sierrra Lutheran (117), Grace M. Davis (127) and South Tahoe (131). Spanish Springs, McQueen, ROP, Damonte Ranch and Sierra Ridge finished behind the Vikings.
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