National race comes locally |

National race comes locally

This Saturday runners from all over the nation will be making their way to Rancho San Rafael Park in Reno this for the Youth National Cross Country Championships.

Members of the South Tahoe High boys and girls teams will compete in the annual event, held for the first time in their own back yard. Jeff and Chris Cosmi, Alex Tenocelotl, Marin St. Michel, Caitlin Robinson and Amber Ramos.

All six runners have an added advantage over other runners because they raced the course two times as Viking harriers.

“I think it’s going to help out a lot,” Ramos said.

Chris Cosmi agrees with his teammate.

“We know the course better than they do,” he said.

Even though the South Shore runners are accustomed to running with each other, this weekend’s event will bring about changes from their previous events during the fall.

As part of the Carson City Striders, the runners will be broken up into age groups instead of varsity and junior varsity.

“My age group will be easier,” Cosmi said.

The age bracketing allows the runners to be more competitive, but it also creates more competitors for each division.

“There are going to be kids from all over the place there,” Cosmi said. “With as many as 250 kids on the line, it’ll be harder to get a good start.”

The top 25 finishers in each race gain All-America status, something Ramos achieved two years ago when she finished 11th in her second year of running in the competition.

She hopes to repeat that performance this year on a course very familiar to her.

“Experience is nice because you know what to expect,” said Ramos, whose team finished third overall last year. “It’s hard for me to think I’m going to win, but getting All-American again would be nice.”

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