South Tahoe boys cross country finishes 3rd at regionals, girls team sends 3 to state |

South Tahoe boys cross country finishes 3rd at regionals, girls team sends 3 to state

Anthony Gentile
South Tahoe’s Orion Maxwell (left) and Dillon Lemons come down the home stretch at the Div. I-A Northern Region championships last Friday at Rancho San Rafael Park. Lemons came in eighth in the 5k race and Maxwell placed 12th — as a team, the Vikings qualified for the state championships.
Courtesy Grace Rosburg |

RENO, Nev. — The South Tahoe cross country team had a solid showing on both sides at the NIAA Div. I-A Northern Region championships last Friday. The Vikings boys team qualified for the state championships and three STHS girls qualified individually in the meet held at Rancho San Rafael Park.

“We haven’t been to a lot of the Nevada specific stuff … I think that was to our advantage,” Vikings coach Jake Hurwitz said.

In the boys race, South Tahoe finished third to qualify for the state championships. The Vikings finished with 79 points — Spring Creek won the meet with 36 points and Elko came in second with 58 points.

Junior Dillon Lemons was South Tahoe’s top finisher, placing eighth with a time of 18:26 in the 5k race. Lemons ran a 5:57 mile pace along with junior Orion Maxwell, who ran an 18:28 to place 12th.

Junior Paul Mutz placed 16th with a time of 18:48 and junior Mario Mangiaracina came in 17th by running an 18:49. Sophomore Freeman George rounded out South Tahoe’s top five, finishing 26th with a time of 19:35 — junior Paul Hoefer (35th place, 20:11) and freshman David Holmes (39th, 20:24) also raced for the Vikings.

On the girls side, South Tahoe missed out on state qualification by one spot — but still had three girls advance in the postseason. The Vikings finished fourth with 90 points, 18 points more than third-place Elko — Truckee won the 5k race, beating Spring Creek by one point.

“We know Truckee’s fast, we know Spring Creek’s fast — we were stacked to be third place, but incurred an injury,” Hurwitz said. “We were hoping for a little better and get everyone to state, but (there) are no sad faces.”

STHS took three of the five individual qualifying spots — freshman Ally Sullivan, freshman Allee Zaccor and junior Riley Rettig each advanced with their performances. Sullivan was the Vikings’ top finisher, and the nationally ranked runner placed fourth with a time of 20:23 and a 6:35 mile pace.

Zaccor came in 12th with a time of 21:46, beating out Spring Creek’s Jamie Whimple at the finish line, and Rettig placed 14th by running a 21:57. Seniors Lauren Tang (26th, 22:58) and Rebecca Novak (34th, 23:59) rounded out South Tahoe’s top five — junior Tatum Whatford (37th, 24:39) and senior Cara Filce (42nd, 25:34) also raced for the Vikings.

“We had a great race and all of our girls ran well,” Hurwitz said. “Everyone of those girls put in a great race.”

South Tahoe’s boys team and three girls runners advance to the Div. I-A State championships Saturday at Sunset Park in Las Vegas. The Div. I-A girls race starts at 10:45 a.m., with the boys race set to begin at 1:20 p.m.

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