Friday the 13th comes true for Whittell Runners
The ominous myth of Friday the 13th came true for the Whittell cross country team — at least for the boys.
The varsity boys had three accidents to trail Wells High School 308-401 at the Mountain Motivations meet at North Tahoe High School last Friday.
Whittell competed with 2A and 3A schools from around Northern Nevada, including South Tahoe, the lone 4A school invited to the meet to fill a vacancy in its roster.
Oscar Suarez led for Whittell at 28th. He finished as the top 2A boy with a time of 21 minutes, 48 second in the 3.3 mile run.
Next for the Warriors were Danny Mitchell and Justin Alexander (82nd, 84th, 23:46, and 23:48, respectively).
Mitchell twisted his knee about 1/2 mile from the finish and got passed by several runners as he limped into the finish.
Mike Komorowski turned an ankle with about 1 1/2 miles and also limped to the finish 144th out of 160.
Remarkably, Komorowski was aided to the finish by Brian Beebe, Whittell’s top runner, who suffered the worst accident of the day.
Beebe was in the top five at the mile when he came down on a rock and crashed.
To his credit, he finished the race on one foot, and helped Komorowski off the ground when he caught up to him.
“Beebe inspired Komorowski to finish but wrecked his foot in the process,” said Whittell cross country coach Brian Rippet.
Currently, the diagnosis is a severely sprained ligament. He is expected to be out for two weeks.
Fortunately, the girls varsity fared much better.
Christina Arana finished as the top Warrior at 24th, (27:43) out of 77 runners, followed Kim McGlothlin (25th, 28:00), Aly VanDeusen (41st, 29:24) and freshman Kristin Kline (63rd, 33:39).
No. 1 overall was Heather Thompson of Lowry at 23:17.
Whittell only had four girls run, and did not score as a team. It did, however, finish with a better score than Incline, its main rival.
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