LTCC runner medal in Golden Valley championships
One runner from Lake Tahoe Community College brought home a medal from the Golden Valley Conference Championships this weekend, and bigger things could be ahead.
Phil Boyer finished seventh overall among the Kokanee men during the championships at Butte College in Marysville, Calif. Overall, the LTCC men took third in the conference championships, while only one team – Shasta College – fielded a women’s team. LTCC’s men had 77 points to finish behind Shasta (23) and the College of the Redwoods (54), but ahead of Lassen College, Butte College and the College of the Siskiyous.
“Our guys did extremely well,” said LTCC coach Terry Adams-Schmidt. “They joined together, and almost everybody (set personal records).”
With top runner Dusty LaChappelle suffering from a headache, the rest of the Kokanee pulled together. Boyer finished in 23 minutes, 41 seconds, just 1:44 off the winning 21:57 pace, which Randy Brummer set for Shasta. More importantly, Boyer out-kicked two Shasta runners and past Chris Phelps of Redwoods to help the LTCC team.
“Awesome, awesome performance out of Phil,” Adams-Schmidt said.
LaChappelle still managed to finish second out of the Kokanee runners, taking 15th overall in 24:49 despite not feeling well. The three remaining Kokanee runners finished in a group: Dan Wolfers was 23rd, crossing the line in 26:07; Nathan Coats finished 24th in 26:41; and Michael Shalvoy was 25th in 26:54.
“They just need to move up a little bit, but they’ve really closed the gap,” Adams-Schmidt said of her runners. “I’m just psyched by the time and effort and how they’ve pulled together.”
Debbie Biddle of Butte finished on top of the women’s race in 21:41, and Shasta wrapped the team title with the only complete squad in the race. But that didn’t stop LTCC’s Allison Foddrell, who finished just two spots out of contention for a medal. Foddrell was ninth, in 24:35, and teammate Patty Martinez was close behind, finishing 14th overall, in 29:34. Both finishes were season-bests.
The Kokanee next travel to McKinleyville, Calif., and the NorCal Championships. The top 14 teams and top 30 individuals not on qualifying teams earn spots in California’s state championships. While Adams-Schmidt knows LTCC will have to put together a good performance, she expects Shasta and Redwoods to contend for qualifying positions, and LTCC has been close to both teams this season.
“The way they’re running and holding together, I totally see the possibility of making state as a team,” she said.
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