Basher qualifies for state |

Basher qualifies for state

Lake Tahoe Community College cross country coach Terry Adams-Schmidt had mixed emotions following the regional meet last Saturday in Rocklin, Calif. On the plus side, Lindsey Basher qualified for the state meet, but an overaggressive start by Grant Carter left him one place from continuing his season.

“I’ve been reliving it every night,” said Adams-Schmidt, who won’t send a male competitor to the state meet for the first time in her five-year coaching career at LTCC. “Out of all the guys I’ve coached, I thought Grant was the one with the best chance of making it.”

Carter ran into trouble by going out too fast in the men’s 4.1-mile race. He led the 135-runner field after a quarter mile and was on a swift 4-minute, 35-second pace, putting him among the top 10 runners after 2 miles.

“He really got caught up in the moment because he should be going,” Adams-Schmidt said. “But to run that strong after whipping through the first 2 miles that was pretty extraordinary.”

The former South Tahoe High track and cross country runner finished 69th in 23:26.

In previous seasons Carter would have qualified for state with ease. However, California’s junior colleges elected to trim the state field dramatically this fall.

Basher clinched her first state meet berth by finishing 38th among the 98 who started the women’s race.

Basher’s 22:12 clocking over the 3.1-mile course meant she averaged 7:10 per mile.

“She should do really well at state,” Adams-Schmidt said.

With the pressure off, Basher is anxious to see how she’ll perform at state.

“It means I get the chance to go to a wonderful competition, that’s no-holds-barred. I can see what my body can do and not worry about a specific time,” she said.

Monday’s snowstorm didn’t inhibit Basher’s state chances.

“It’s the perfect time to snow, because this is a week of tapering where I’ll do minimal speed work,” said Basher, who also plans to compete on the school’s cross country ski team.

Basher’s race begins at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Woodford Park in Fresno, Calif.

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