Lawrences sweep Reed Invitational
SPARKS – In the late-summer heat at the Reed Invitational on Friday, cross country fans may have thought they were seeing double.
They actually were as twins John and Mel Lawrence captured individual titles in the first 5K race of the season. Mel Lawrence, one of the nation’s top runners, started her senior season by running away with the girls’ title in just over 19 minutes.
John Lawrence led the Reno boys’ to the varsity team title by winning the 5K in 17 minutes, 24 seconds. Carson brothers Chad and Richard Shroy placed third and ninth in 17:35 and 18:25, respectively.
STHS junior Patrick Reilly showed his ability to close a race, picking off seven runners in the late going to finish 13th in 18:31.
“It’s not as well as I would have liked,” said Reilly, who slipped to 20th place at one point. “My legs were a little heavy, but it was more mentally that I struggled.”
Reilly has trained 225 miles in the past month, hoping to catch up on some endurance training that he missed during part of the summer.
“He was able to fight through his fatigue and pick off four or five guys the last half mile,” said STHS coach Dominique Westlake. “It happens all of the time during a race where you have peaks and valleys. When you start fatiguing, you have to fight through that.”
The Vikings had two other runners finish in the top third of the 100-participant field, with senior Kyle Conroy coming in 26th in 19:28 and Joey Summerhill finishing 34th in 19:58.
Conroy has continued to bounce back from a stress fracture that robbed him of most of his junior season.
“Kyle’s fitness right now is not for a 5,000-meter race; it’s more for a 2 1/2-mile race, but he’s getting stronger and stronger,” Westlake said. “He ran a great first 2 1/2 miles.”
South Tahoe’s junior varsity runners continued to show promise with three runners finishing in the top 25 in a field of 105 competitors. The Vikings also placed second to Reno.
For the second straight week, Evan Rabbetts led the Vikings, placing fifth in 14 minutes, 49 seconds. Also for the Vikings on the 2.4-mile course were Ben Sullivan taking 13th place in 15:04 and Erich Baumann 22nd in 15:30. For complete results, see B6.
Warriors second at Spooner
Whittell’s boys’ cross country team finished runner-up to Dayton on Friday at Spooner Lake.
With David King finishing fourth in 19:46 and Willis Hughes seventh in 19:57, the Warriors posted a team score of 67 points. The Dust Devils won with 46 points, and Incline’s Phillip Flanders was the top individual.
For the second straight race, the Warriors competed without senior Tyson Guajardo, who is still fighting an illness. In Guajardo’s absence, freshmen Adam Kingman, Allen McLeod and Adam Laub picked up the slack. Their times and places weren’t available at press time.
“Allen and Adam were running their first varsity race and Adam improved from last week, so I’m very pleased with the way those three boys ran,” said Whittell coach Lindsay Wines.
Anna Grigevoria competed in her first race for the Whittell girls. Grigevoria was the lone Warrior competitor as the team was missing three team members for various reasons.
Sage Ridge used a 1-2-3-7 finish to win the girls’ title, with Kelly Trachok taking first.
Whittell’s next meet is Friday at North Tahoe.
REED INVITATIONAL CROSS COUNTRY RESULTS
Friday in Sparks
1. Reno 32, 2. Galena 63, 3. Carson 87, 4. Lowry 130, 5. Manogue 162, 6. Douglas 169, 7. South Tahoe 177, 8. Elko 188, 9. Damonte Ranch 242, 10. Rite of Passage 248, 11. McQueen 276, 12. Reed 305.
1. John Lawrence, 17 mintes and 24 seconds.
13. Patrick Reilly, 18:31; 26. Kyle Conroy, 19:28; 34. Joey Summerhill, 19:58; 64. Matt Arroues, 21:48; 65. Chris Gamage, 21:50.
1. Reno 32, 2. South Tahoe 92, 3. Lowry 106, 4. Manogue 111, 5. Carson 111, 6. Galena 137, 7. Hug 151, 8. Elko 174, 9. McQueen 182, 10. Sierra Lutheran 293, 11. Austin 315.
1. Cody Freeman, Reno, 14:00
5. Evan Rabbetts, 14:49; 13. Ben Sullivan, 15:05; 22. Erich Baumann, 15:30; 27. Austin Pearce, 15:42; 29. Jordan Yingling, 15:46; 69. Rand Norberg, 18:02; 88. Adam Kern, 19:18; 98. Will Caglia, 20:57.
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