Ramos wins Reno race
Nursing a set of scraped knees from a spill in a past event, sophomore cross country sensation Amber Ramos set a course record en route to a first-place overall finish at a Nevada 4A meet at Hug Wednesday.
“I was so excited to see her come around the first loop looking so fresh,” Viking coach Kathy Bluethman said. “I knew there was a chance (to break the record).”
Ramos’ time of 20:11 was easily the fastest of the day and 13 seconds faster than the previous record of 20:24.
“We hadn’t personally talked about breaking any records today,” Bluethman said. “We just wanted to train on this course. Wow, training is paying off.”
Ramos’ result anchored her team’s first place victory with a low score of 26. Other Viking runners posting solid results were Marin St. Michel, who cruised to a third-place finish with a 22:18 clocking. Caitlin Robertson and Aricela Ramos finished sixth and seventh, respectively, while Amanda Hammonds and Iris Ott solidified the team’s victory with ninth- and 12th overall finishes.
McQueen’s Karen Brigunan, who saw Ramos separate from her after the first mile, finished in second place to secure a second-place team finish for the Lancers. Wooster and Hug finished in third and fourth, respectively.
On the 2-mile JV course, the Viking results were convincing as well.
Erica Zampardo, who was coming off an injury, finished first with a time of 14:12.
“Erica was injured last week so I didn’t want her to race the varsity course with it’s two ‘evil hills,'” Bluethman said. “So she tore up the 2-mile course instead.”
Jackie Marshall also had a fantastic race, finishing fourth overall with a time of 16:21. And Lily Tam and Anna Welder finished closely behind in fifth and sixth.
“All my JV were able to break nine minute miles with a big hill,” Bluethman said. “That is a great feeling to have with such a big team to choose from.”
Overall, Bluethman was pleased with the way her team performed on a tough course.
“I was very proud of my girls due to how tired and hard they are working and they still prevailed,” she said.
The Vikings will look to stay on track next Friday when they compete in their only home event of the season at South Tahoe High School.
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