Runners earn All-American honors |

Runners earn All-American honors

A national field of runners learned what many local runners already know: South Lake Tahoe has some of the top cross country runners in the country.

Three South Shore runners earned All-American honors at the 2007 USATF National Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships on Saturday at Rim Rock Farm in Lawrence, Kan.

South Tahoe High sophomore Kelsey Smith, running for the Buffalo Chips, was third in the intermediate girls’ class; STHS senior Kate Lambdin finished ninth in the young women’s division; and South Tahoe Middle School student Shelby McIntyre was 21st in the youth girls’ division.

The top 25 participants in each division were recognized as All-Americans. Lambdin and Smith were also part of national championship teams.

Smith, who was a split-second away from winning a national championship last year in Spokane, Wash., was in another duel to the finish on Saturday, but this time for second place. Elizabeth Briasco was first in the 5-kilometer race in 18 minutes, 34.38 seconds. Smith and runner-up Elizabeth Brandon were separated by only .54. Smith was timed in 18:46.89.

Lambdin capped her running season with a top-10 performance in the young women’s 5K race. The Buffalo Chips’ runner was ninth, completing her 5K in 19:56.81, more than 50 seconds behind winner Emily Reese.

Joelle Slater, one of Lambdin’s high school competitors from Reno, placed third in 19:25.02. McIntyre was the only runner from the Tony Williams team to place in the top 25 in the youth girls’ division. The STMS eighth-grader and Pacific Association champion was 21st in 15:34.63.

Shelby McIntyre of the Tony Williams team was 21st in 15:34.63 in the youth division. Eleanor Fulton was first in the 4K race in 14:55.43. The Tony Williams squad contained several other local runners: T.J. Zaccor, a STHS freshman, was 74th in 16:35.43; Samantha Rupp, a Kingsbury eighth-grader, was 121st in 16:50.76; Kira Smith, a STMS eighth-grader, was 127th in 16:55.08; and Sarah Benedict, a STHS freshman, was 256th in 20:48.12.

Tony Williams finished eighth out of 24 teams. Divisions are based on two-year increments from ages 10 and under to 18.

Billy Mills, who won the 1964 Olympic 10,000-meter gold medal and University of Kansas graduate, was a special guest at the championships.

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