Freshmen lead Vikings in first meet |

Freshmen lead Vikings in first meet

South Tahoe’s cross country team had a first look at its girls squad as it traveled to the Galena Invitational Friday.

Several performances stood out for the Vikings at their first meet of the season, particularly among the young team members. The Vikings placed three out of the six freshmen they brought to the meet.

The Reed race allowed runners to run against members of the same class from other schools: freshmen verses freshmen through the seniors running against other seniors.

“The race course was a very fast race course,” said South Tahoe head coach Kathy Bluethman. “My freshmen girls, I think, did very, very well.”

Caitlin Robinson led South Tahoe’s freshman class, finishing fourth in 14:28. Erica Zampardo followed in sixth in 15:22, and Katie Sheehan was 10th in 16:27. They led classmates Vanessa Porfiri, Anna Welden and Crystal Plotner.

Sophomore Marin St. Michel finished her first race since traveling to the state meet as a freshman, finished sixth at Reed in a time of 15:22, despite battling a cold. Iris Ott placed ninth for South Tahoe in 15:36, picking up where she left off last season. Four other Viking sophomores, Megan Meagher, Cecilia Cuevas, Norin Cuevas and Norma Olivas, also finished.

Beth Kirkland had the top finish among South Tahoe’s seniors, coming across in 15:19, ahead of classmates Rachel Romero, Lisa Orr and Mindy Manglinong.

“All in all, I thought the girls, for their first league race, did very well,” Bluethman said. “I do know what we need train for and it was nice to see what our competition is like.”

The schedule continues Friday when the Vikings travel to the Reed Invitational, which offers a preview of the zone and state championship courses.

Whittell’s mission to bring home its zone championship started in Galena Friday, where a small Warrior squad ran at the Galena Invitational.

“We all ran very well,” said Whittell head coach Anthony Davis. “Right now, we’re sitting right where we should be.”

Whittell brought four boys to Friday’s meet at Galena. Chad Gerken led the Whittell runners, finishing in fourth, with a time of 12:34, about a minute off the winning pace and just ahead of eighth-place Ben Johnson, in 12:56. Freshman Jared Guajardo was 30th, in 14:49, ahead of classmate Daniel Wines, who finished in 15:07.

Among the girls, junior Arlyle Shaw as 50th, finishing in 17:50.

Whittell travels to Reed for its next meet on Friday.

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