Runners let hair down at Retro Relays
Long-distance runners literally wigged out Friday at South Tahoe High School.
In celebration of the Vikings’ Retro Relays, runners dressed up in wigs, kilts and timeless school gear, transforming them into rock stars for a day.
“It’s really nice schools are coming out and starting to enjoy it,” said South Tahoe senior Kyle Conroy, following his final Retro Relays. “If you want to race, you can; if you want to sit back and have a good time, it’s exactly like that.”
Willis Hughes, a runner-up in the boys’ individual race, said the event brings out the true meaning of running.
“The meet is always a blast,” he said. “This is why you actually want to run. People are having a good time running, not necessarily worrying about place or anything.”
Reno dominated the 2-mile team races, winning four of the six divisions. Medals went to the top six varsity teams and top three junior varsity squads in a meet that attracted approximately 600 high school and middle school runners.
South Tahoe’s coed varsity team of Conroy, Kate Lambdin, Patrick Reilly and Jordan Dalton earned a third-place medal with their combined time of 53 minutes, 35 seconds. Reno’s winning time was 49:25, while South Tahoe also placed teams in fourth and fifth places.
Competing in her final Retro Relays, Reno’s Mel Lawrence was timed in 12:04 in her relay leg, while Huskies’ teammate Walter Jaurez set a course mark at 10:54.
Whittell, a last-minute addition to the meet, thrived in the individual races. Warriors’ David King and Hughes finished 1-2, while freshman Adam Kingman was eighth. It was King’s first high school victory.
“It was really nice,” he said. “A few people started out way too fast and I was kind of hanging back, conserving my energy for the hills because I knew they were coming up. That’s where I caught everyone.”
Hughes needed to pass a runner during the final quarter mile to take second, and he nearly caught his teammate at the finish. They were timed in 12:45 and 12:47, respectively.
“It’s been back and forth this whole season,” Hughes said of friendly rivalry with King. “Our coach (Lindsay Wines) has always pushed David and I to try and beat each other and work with each other to do better.”
The Vikings’ junior varsity boys team of Rand Norberg, Jordan Yingling, Zildgen Borromeo and Austin Pierce also collected a third-place medal. Their time was 55:21.23, .02 faster than fourth-place McQueen.
South Tahoe Middle School dominated the Tah-Neva League races held prior to the varsity competition. Shelby McIntyre won the seventh-grade girls’ race and Cheldon Rabbetts and Blair Berry captured the eighth-grade divisions.
Both of South Tahoe’s teams will train this week in preparation for the Stanford Invitational on Saturday.
STHS girls’ coach Dan Wilvers said the 2-mile course helped the competitors run a faster tempo at elevation.
“It gives the kids an accurate idea of where they are at in mile splits and it’s a short course so they can go a little harder,” Wilvers said.
But Wilvers would have much rather had his girls practicing instead of competing on Friday, especially with big meets at Stanford and Manhattan forthcoming.
“I just don’t like all of these races and barely training, but this is a fun event,” said Wilvers, who intended to train his girls on both weekend days.
(4-runner teams, 2 miles each)
1. Reno, 46:39; 2. Galena, 46:52; 3. Manogue, 50:24; 4. Douglas, 50:17; 5. Dayton, 53:05
1. Reno, 57:15.97; 2. Galena, 59:50; 3. Douglas, 1:02.15; 4. Manogue, 1:03.08; 5. Reed, 1:05.09.
1. Reno, 49:25; 2. Spanish Springs, 53:33; 3. South Tahoe 53:35; 4. South Tahoe, 55:36; 5. South Tahoe, 55:53; 6. Wooster, 56:49.
1. Galena, 58:14; 2. Carson, 58:59; 3. Carson, 1:02.04.
1. Reno, 50:38; 2. Manogue, 54:25; 3. South Tahoe, 55:21.
1. Galena, 2, Dayton, 3. Reed.
1. David King, Whittell, 12:45; 2. Willis Hughes, Whittell, 12:47; 3. Bodo, ROP, 12:53; 4. Scott Lococo, Douglas, 13:04; 5. Lewis, ROP, 13:41; 6. Hairstron, ROP, 13:44; 7. Kolupaev, Manogue, 13:46.02; 8. Adam Kingman, Whittell, 13:46.37; 9. Allen McLeod, Whittell, 14:00; 10. Bill Storrs, Dayton, 14:12.21.
Other Whittell and South Tahoe results
17. Ryan Bivens, 14:36.28; 25. Reed Brun, 15:02.18; Adam Laub, 15:02.3; 27. Chris Crawford, 15:18; 28. Adam Kern, 15:25; 29. Kris Oznowicz, 15:32; 39. Will Caglia, 17:21.
1. Mary Anne Solaegsi, Spanish Springs, 13:51; 2. Laura Townsand, Spanish Springs, 15:13; 3. Swayze Bauer, Yerington, 15:49; 4. Cierra Dollarhide, Galena, 16:17; 5. Erika Henbrechtsmeren, 16:28; 6. Sarah Allen, Douglas, 16:50.79; 7. Sara Miller, Galena, 17:11; 8. Amanda Devencenzi, Galena, 17:30; 9. Miranda Flores, Whittell, 18:07; 10. Danny Hanes, Galena, 18:26.
18. Amanda Heiser, 21:17; 19. Anna Grigorieva, 21:25; 21. Abrie Pavich, 21:36.
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