South Tahoe cross country sweeps Falcon Fast Invitational |

South Tahoe cross country sweeps Falcon Fast Invitational

Anthony Gentile
South Tahoe cross country runners take off in the boys race at the Falcon Fast Invitational last Friday. The Vikings’ boys claimed five of the top six spots in the race.
Courtesy Grace Rosburg |

YUBA CITY, Calif. — It its last tune-up prior to regionals, the South Tahoe cross country team dominated its competition. The Vikings swept the boys and girls races at the Falcon Fast Invitational last Friday at Feather River Parkway, handily defeating smaller California schools.

“I am pleased that my athletes did so well at this meet, giving them the morale, confidence and experience before the regional meet,” Vikings head coach Amanda Hammond said.

In the boys race, South Tahoe beat River Valley (Yuba City, Calif.) by 30 points and its top runners ran a 5:42 mile pace. The Vikings placed five of the top six runners on the 2.5-mile course — including a one-two finish from Dillon Lemon (14:17) and Orion Maxwell (14:20).

For the Vikings, Paul Mutz took fourth with a time of 14:44, Freeman George placed fifth by running a 14:47 and Mario Mangiaracina came in sixth with a mark of 15:08. Aden Gonzalez (11th, 15:54), Paul Hoefer (13th, 16:11) and David Holmes (14th, 16:15) rounded out STHS’ top seven.

In the girls race, the Vikings claimed five of the top six spots and won by a 38-point margin — the team’s top runners ran a 6:30 mile pace. Ally Sullivan won the race with a time of 16:17 as South Tahoe went one-two-three — Allee Zaccor (17:04) placed second and Cara Flice (17:40) took third.

STHS’ Riley Rettig came in fifth in the girls race with a time of 18:08 and Lauren Tang placed sixth by running an 18:28. Tatum Whatford rounded out the Vikings’ top six, placing ninth with a time of 19:47.

“For where we are at in the season, that is perfect and I cannot wait to see them peak these next two races because we have been tapering down in training,” Hammond said.

South Tahoe returns to action Friday at the NIAA Div. I-A Northern Region championships held at Rancho San Rafael Park in Reno, Nev. The girls race is scheduled to begin at 10:25 a.m. with the boys race slated for 1:25 p.m. — the top three teams from that meet advance to the state championships the following week.

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