South Tahoe cross country runs down division title |

South Tahoe cross country runs down division title

Steve Yingling

RENO — Down to a lineup of eight runners on Wednesday, the South Tahoe High girls’ cross country team had little room for error if it was going to wrap up the Sierra Division title.

There weren’t any missteps by the Vikings, as they used strong performances by Kelsey Smith and Shelby McIntyre and late surges by T.J. Zaccor and Kira Smith to close out an unbeaten division season.

Missing three injured runners – Karly Arroues, Cassidy Cichowicz and Cheldon Rabbetts – the Vikings were able to hold off Galena for a 27-29 dual victory. Both teams entered the final dual at McQueen High School with untarnished records.

But only the Vikings emerged with a 7-0 mark. Both schools also recorded easy wins over Wooster.

“We knew it would be tough, and with a lot of girls out, it brings down our confidence,” said Smith, who posted a winning time of 21 minutes over a hilly 5K course west of Reno. “It’s nice to win, but it’s not a priority. (Our goals) are more regional and state.”

McIntyre, a freshman, finished runner-up in 21:28 in a meet that also included participants from McQueen and North Valleys.

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Zaccor, a sophomore, and Kira Smith, a freshman, each passed Galena runners over the last half of the course to account for the two-point difference. Zaccor thought the course played up to the team’s strength.

“I actually did like this course since we train on hills,” Zaccor said. “Our best strategy is to pass everybody else on the hills.”

Smith has been battling an ebb and flow of energy throughout the season, but the junior has been more like her defending state champion self in recent races.

“I’m still not quite (100 percent). I still have my up-and-down days,” she said. “I’m just going to run my hardest no matter how good I feel.”

Meanwhile, the South Tahoe’s boys’ squad wrapped up a regional berth by splitting its final two duals. The Vikings (4-3) lost to league champion Galena 22-37 but handily defeated Wooster.

The Vikings were led by juniors Erich Baumann and Jordan Yingling, who placed fifth and sixth, respectively, in a 63-runner field.

Defending state champion Bryan Tibaduiza of Galena won the 5K in 17:53. Baumann finished in 19:19 and Yingling in 19:21. Sophomore Nick Downer placed 14th in 20:10 and junior Kyle Wilkinson was 15th in 20:24.

With their regular season completed, the Vikings can focus on the Oct. 30 regionals at Rancho San Rafael Park in Reno.

“Getting a couple of runners back, we probably have a good chance of making it to state or winning the regional title,” Zaccor said.

Northern teams will be hard-pressed to qualify for next month’s state 4A meet. Only the top two schools from the eight-team Northern regional advance to the state meet. In addition, the five-best runners not on the top two teams also qualify for state.


At McQueen High School, Reno

Hilly, 5K course


Sierra Division dual scores

Galena 19, South Tahoe 37

South Tahoe 22, Wooster 37

Individual results

(top 20 from 63-runner field)

1. Bryan Tibaduiza Galena, 17 minutes, 53 seconds; 2. Bryan Jordan, Galena, 18:17; 3. Geoff Hull, McQueen, 18:19; 4. Tommy Sullivan, Galena, 19:02; 5. Erich Baumann, South Tahoe, 19:19; 6. Jordan Yingling, South Tahoe, 19:21; 7. Ian Faulds, McQueen, 19:29; 8. Robert McKenieko, Wooster, 19:38; 9. Benji Portillo, McQueen; 10. Cameron Mullins, Galena, 19:56.

11. Alex Sedano, Wooster, 19:58; 12. Robert Eizenberger, Galena, 20:01; 13. Chris Bolt, Galena, 20:05; 14. Nick Downer, South Tahoe, 20:10; 15. Kyle Wilkinson, South Tahoe, 20:24; 16. Matt Tradewell, McQueen, 20:36; 17. Trevor Hallam, McQueen, 20:41; 18. Sam Garcia, McQueen, 20:44; 19. Lloyd Clark, Wooster, 20:50; 20. Zildijan Borromeo, South Tahoe, 20:57.

Other South Tahoe results

21. Justin Dalton, 20:57; 22. Austin Pierce, 21:04; 28. Rand Norberg, 21:44; 32. David Wise, 22:01; 37. Ben Sullivan, 22:23; 42. Christian Pielaet, 23:11; 45. Adam Kern, 23:23; 48. Ram Sol-Onoy, 23:56; 54. Jake Francis, 25:09.


Sierra Division duals

South Tahoe 27, Galena 29

South Tahoe 16, Wooster 47

Individual results (top 20)

1. Kelsey Smith, South Tahoe, 21:00; 2. Shelby McIntyre, South Tahoe, 21:28; 3. Madison Knight, Galena, 21:50; 4. Julie Pederson, Galena, 22:05; 5. Rebecca Fisher, North Valleys, 22:37; 6. T.J. Zaccor, South Tahoe, 22:55; 7. Angel Aiyuk, McQueen, 23:09; 8. Jennifer Mortimore, Galena, 23:11; 9. Ellie Webster, Galena, 23:13; 10. Kira Smith, South Tahoe, 23:13.

11. Melena Mendiv, McQueen, 23:18; 12. Samantha Sorenson, Galena, 23:38; 13. Lauren Mathis, McQueen, 23:57; 14. Sarah Cady, Wooster, 24:03; 15. Layne Babbitt, Galena, 24:18; 16. Kaelyn Dion, South Tahoe, 24:25; 17. Anna Whittle, North Valleys, 24:48; 18. Sarah Benedict, South Tahoe, 24:55; 19. Hayley Harris, McQueen, 25:04; 20. Lisa Johnston, South Tahoe, 25:09.


35. Madeline Dant, South Tahoe, 27:01.