South Tahoe cross country teams finish well at Nevada Union
Both South Tahoe boys’ and girls’ cross country teams placed first in the Small Schools division of the Nevada Union Invitational on Saturday.
“I was really happy with their performance. They are progressing so rapidly which is a really good sign,” said South Tahoe boys’ coach Dominique Westlake. “It’s a neat group of kids and they are very rewarding to be around because they work so hard and have so much fun.”
The South Tahoe boys’ team finished first for small schools with a 39 point total.
Alex Sharp led the way for the Vikings with a first-place finish overall (17 minutes, 7 seconds). Kyle Sullivan finished seventh (18:01) and Steven Grant was eighth (18:02), while Scott Brower finished 14th (18:21) and Erik Gallanty was 17th (18:41).
“Alex looked great, very strong,” Westlake said. “I was pleased with Kyle and Steven. They were a minute and a half behind Alex a week ago and dropped that to one minute, so not only is Alex getting stronger but so are those other guys.”
On the girls’ side, the team finished first for small schools with a score of 38.
“We finished third last year in the small school division, so I’m really pleased with the results,” said girls’ coach Doug Watenpool. “The girls are working hard in practice and it’s paying off.”
The Vikings’ Megan Hillyard placed fourth (20:36), while teammate Kelsey McClurg was fifth (20:56). Anna Lambdin was 10th (22:11), Kimmy Arroues was 14th (22:53) and Amber Ramos was 23rd (24:21).
Watenpool explained that the size of the meet forces organizers to create two divisions of school size as well as categories for varsity, junior varsity and freshmen/sophomores.
“It’s based on the size of your enrollment,” he said. “We are considered a small school, even though some of the schools we face here like Reno and Galena are large schools. They separate those races because there are so many schools and runners there.”
Westlake noted that the meet provided an excellent opportunity to “scout” the competition early.
“We saw Reno and Galena’s times so now we have an idea of what we have to do,” he said. “Our goal is to catch Galena and we need to put ourselves in the position over the rest of the season to do that.”
The boys’ junior varsity team placed fifth out of eight schools. The boys’ freshmen/sophomores finished second behind El Dorado for small schools with a score of 49. On the girls’ side was a fifth-place finish with a score of 173 amongst 12 teams.
Next up for the cross country team is hosting Reno and Wooster on Wednesday, then taking the varsity runners down to Bay Area this weekend for the Stanford Invitational.
“That’s a big one the kids look forward to every year,” Watenpool said, noting the meet is held at the Stanford golf course and includes a boys’, girls’ and college division.
More results from the Nevada Union Invitational appear on page B5.