Buchholz leads South Tahoe cross country runners to state meet
South Tahoe sophomore Carissa Buchholz, who happens to be the fastest 3A Northern regional cross country runner, will make a return trip to the state championship meet this coming weekend.
Buchholz crushed the field of 38 runners Saturday, Oct. 28, by 19 seconds. She finished the 5,000-meter course in 20 minutes, 12 seconds and will make her second straight appearance at state, which will take place Saturday, Nov. 4, at the same place she won the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association 3A Regional Championship, Shadow Mountain Park in Sparks.
Buchholz finished fifth last year as a freshman.
The Vikings boys and girls didn’t qualify as teams, but both will still be represented Saturday.
Vikings senior Ally Sullivan is the second qualifier for the girls while David Holmes and Christopher Hoefer qualified for the boys.
Sullivan finished 18th overall in 22:35.
Holmes, a senior, ran to seventh place in 17:44 to lead the boys’ team. Holmes is making his third straight trip to the state meet. He finished 20th as a junior and 35th as a sophomore.
Hoefer, a junior, will make his third straight trip to the state meet. He came in 12th in 18:25 at the regional meet. He finished 44th and 27th, respectively, in his first two times qualifying for the sports’ ultimate event.
The boys’ race will begin at 10:30 a.m. and the girls’ race starts at 12:40 p.m.