Robinson keys Whittell’s first-place finish at Dayton |

Robinson keys Whittell’s first-place finish at Dayton

Whittell High School’s John Robinson finished second overall to lead the Warriors to first place in the Dayton Invitational cross country meet on Wednesday in Dayton.

Robinson completed the 5-kilometer race in 18 minutes, 55 seconds, just behind winner Chris Gallagher of Truckee, who was timed in 18:48.

Whittell pulled off the team title by placing five runners in the top 20: Chris Crawford was third in 19:49, Zach Welch took seventh in 21:16, Mikey George was eighth in 21:20 and Josh Welch came in 20th at 23:53.

Final team scores were Whittell 36, Rite of Passage 48, Truckee 52 and Sparks. Dayton and Gerlach also competed.

In the girls’ meet, Whittell’s Sammy Rupp placed second to Mariah Gamolini of Silver Stage. Rupp was timed in 24:47, while Gamolini’s winning time was 22:29.

“I challenged Sammy to stay with Mariah, keep her in the back of her head. Sammy exceeded my expectations, and Mariah exceeded my expectations today,” said Whittell coach Lindsay Wines.

Also for Whittell, Morgan King placed ninth in 26:16 and Megan Miller, racing for only the second time, came in 13th at 27:15.

Whittell competed with three runners as Shannon Marshall has left the team because of health issues.

“She’s a great athlete and we will miss her,” Wines said.

Truckee won the girls’ team title. Scores were not available.

Wines said she is scouring the halls at the school hoping to add two more runners to the girls’ team, so it can be eligible to qualify for the state meet.

Whittell will compete in the Brette Harte meet at 9 a.m. Saturday.

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