Former STHS four-sport athlete has high hopes in 10K |

Former STHS four-sport athlete has high hopes in 10K

While her Wolf Pack cross country teammates compete in San Diego this weekend, University of Nevada junior Jamie Hansen will return home to run in one of her favorite races — the Lake Tahoe Marathon’s 10K.

Since Les Wright started the marathon in 1996, Hansen has either competed or served as a volunteer every year.

“It’s a beautiful race and I love to keep supporting the Lake Tahoe Marathon because I’ve participated in it since the beginning,” Hansen said.

Last year, Hansen finished fourth among women in the 10K, completing the downhill run through Emerald Bay in 45 minutes. In the process, Hansen won the 20-24 age group.

“I want to definitely improve on my times and try to be the top female, but there’s always tough competition at that race,” Hansen said.

Hansen’s toughness is unquestioned since the criminal justice major is competing in two collegiate sports and will add a third in the spring. In addition to cross country, she is the captain of the Pack’s alpine team and she will soon join the track and field team.

After a skiing crash left her with a broken sacrum — the last bone of the spine — earlier this year, Hansen turned to running to regain top physical condition.

“I couldn’t really do anything for two months, but I’ve always been a runner,” she said. “I told that cross country coaches that I wanted to try out and so far I’ve been establishing myself on the team. I’m moving up the ranks, and I expect better things in the track and field season next year.”

She was 36th (21:38) in the Hornet Harrier 5K Classic on Sept. 7 in Sacramento.

Because she is in better running shape than past season, the former four-sport star at South Tahoe High has high expectations in the 10K Sunday morning.

“I know I can run a lot quicker than I did last year,” she said. “I’d like to win, but we’ll see because I’m coming into this year with training and other years I haven’t. Hopefully, I can use that to my benefit.”

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