Pre mustaches and butterfly wings; It’s the Retro Relays |

Pre mustaches and butterfly wings; It’s the Retro Relays

Steve Yingling

Halloween is more than a month away, but someone forgot to pass the word to cross country runners in the annual Retro Relays on Friday in South Lake Tahoe.

Participants dressed up as Dracula, Batman and butterflies. The most common costume was a mustachioed Steve Prefontaine. One male runner even had the audacity to wear fairy tale wings.

“It’s wild,” said Whittell sophomore Adam Kingman of the meet where runners are allowed to express themselves in costume or in attire from yesteryear. “I don’t think I would have been a butterfly.”

Most of the competitors participated as four-member teams, running two miles apiece. The course was modified from previous years because of the damage caused by the Angora fire in June.

Bryan Tibaduiza, the winner of the Reed Invitational two weeks earlier, propelled his Galena quartet to the top boys’ time, winning in 46 minutes, 16 seconds. Reno was runner-up at 47:00.

The Grizzlies also placed first in the coed division (two female and two male runners) with a time of 51:22. North Valleys was runner-up in 52:12.

South Tahoe produced the sixth- through eighth-place teams in the coed division. The foursome of Jordan Dalton, Sarah Benedict, Patrick Reilly and Brady Hiob were sixth in 55:26. Kate Lambdin, Rebecca Sanders, Erich Baumann and Kyle Wilkinson were seventh in 55:44 and T.J. Zaccor, Ali Palacios, Matt Arroues and Austin Pierce were eighth in 55:46.

“It was a blast,” Zaccor said. “I thought Cheldon (Rabbetts’) caped costume was the best.”

South Tahoe’s best news of the day came from the bottom of sophomore Kelsey Smith’s left foot. Doctors determined that Smith’s soreness in her foot were attributed to bruised tendons. She first injured the foot at the Woodbridge Invitational on Sept. 15 in Irvine and then aggravated Wednesday in Reno.

“I’ll be able to run by Stanford,” she said.

Whittell’s coed JV team took first place. Comprising the squad were Kingman (12:52), Adam Laub (13:02), Shannon Marshall (15:22) and Mandy Hiser (19:00).

“We had six guys come in under 13:20. We need that pack at zone,” said Whittell coach Lindsay Wines.

Allen McLeod was one of those runners, clocking in at 13:10 for the Warriors’ fourth-fastest time. Miranda Flores produced one of the girls’ top times at 16:08.

“I’m very pleased with Miranda and Allen,” Wines said. “It was a lot of fun seeing them run the way they did.”

South Tahoe Middle School won three of the four middle school races and Kingsbury was runner-up in two. Ryan Caro won the eighth-grade race in 13:02, with Zach Welch of Kingsbury second at 13:28. Connor Henderson of STMS won the seventh-grade boys’ title in 12:50 and Ty Sprock of Kingsbury was third in 13:34 in leading the Knights to first in the team standings.

For the girls, Shelby McIntyre and Cassidy Cichowicz finished 1-2 in the eighth-grade division. Safira Gesmundo of Kingsbury had the top local result in the seventh-grade race, placing second.

Whittell will run at Sparks on Wednesday at 3 p.m. and both the Warriors and Vikings will participate in the Stanford Invitational on Saturday.

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