Runners up a creek at WHS invitational |

Runners up a creek at WHS invitational

By Steve Yingling

Tribune Sports Editor

It was a race worthy of a visit to the Laundromat afterward.

Dirty uniforms and sopping-wet shoes were runners’ fates in the annual Warrior Warpath Invitational on Friday at Whittell High School.

Runners ran back and forth through a knee-high creek in a burgeoning invitational that attracted 12 schools.

“Some kids had their shoes taped to their feet. This course has its reputation,” said WHS coach Lindsay Wines, who has seen competitors finish without one or both shoes. “They were wet the first 800 meters of the course and had to go the whole race with sopping-wet shoes and socks.”

Douglas didn’t seem to mind, winning both the varsity team titles and producing both individual winners. Derek Jenkins of the Tigers won the 5K boys’ race in 19 minutes, 50 seconds, while teammate Whitney Lindsey cruised to a two-minute victory in the girls’ race with her blistering time of 21:01. Her result would have even been good for eighth place in the boys’ race.

Boys’ team scores were Douglas 28, Dayton 65, Whittell 79 Silver Stage 93, Carlin 178 and Wells 194. Girls’ team scores were Douglas 25, Lassen 75, Incline 80 and Dayton 87.

Senior David King led the Whittell boys with a fifth-place time of 20:07. Warriors’ Adam Kingman and Adam Laub finished eighth and ninth with times of 21:11 and 21:19, respectively. Freshman John Robinson was 26th in 23:12 and Chris Crawford 31st in 23:44.

Whittell ran all but one of its female racers in the JV division. Miranda Flores finished 11th overall, including second among Nevada 2A competitors, with her time of 27:47.

Shannon Marshall of Whittell won the 1.75-mile JV race in 12:36. Natalie Daly was third in 13:54, Morgan King fourth (14:08) and Mandy Heiser (16:16).

Incline’s Mike Sunseri won the JV boys’ race in 10:47. Whittell’s Matt Schorr clocked in at 12:56, with Sean Sullivan at 13:17.

The Warriors will step up to compete against South Tahoe, Douglas and Damonte Ranch on Wednesday at Kahle Park. The boys’ race starts at 3 p.m. and the girls’ race follows at 3:30 p.m.

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