STHS boys’ cross country team looking for athletes to step up
A solid turnout of boys for the South Tahoe High cross country team this season should help fill the gaps left by graduating seniors last year.
“I’d say our numbers are pretty good with about 25 guys on the team,” said 11th-year coach Dominique Westlake. “It’s traditional for us to have that many and we have had up in the 30s some years. In some respects this season we are a young team. We do have some seniors and we’re looking for leadership qualities (to develop). It would also be nice to see them leading by ability. I’m hoping to see that by the end of the season.”
With budget cuts affecting most athletic schedules this year, cross country is no exception. Westlake noted that only two teams from the Northern Nevada 4A League will go to the state championships this year. Last year’s STHS cross country team finished fourth at state and the three teams representing this half of the state finished first, third and fourth. The girls’ division had similar results, with the North taking the top three spots in the state finals.
“The North is definitely the stronger division in cross country,” Westlake said, “but we’re going to have to work really hard to catch Reno and Galena, the top two teams in the league.”
The Vikings will have to step up this year to replace three top runners lost to graduation: Hudson Wilvers, Chris Cosmi and Sean Pawling.
“We still have five of the other guys who went to the state championships with us in senior Tyler Reiger and juniors Bryan Kurek, Alex Sharp, Kyle Sullivan and Steven Grant,” Westlake said. “Some of the other guys I’m expecting to step up this year are seniors Scott Brower, Eric Gallanty and Josh Kimball and freshman Kyle Conroy.
“The last several years our depth has really helped us through,” he added. “During the course of the season we had some injuries, but we’ve had guys waiting in the wings to step in and they pulled us through. Summertime was the key to our season. Those kids who put in the mileage will be ready to run this fall since our season is so short.”
Team captain Kimball believes there are several runners ready to kick it into high gear to get the team back to state.
“The team looks really good this year,” Kimball said. “I think we’ve got some new people who seem pretty strong and ready to step up to varsity and help us out there. I personally would like to get our team to go to state, (but) we need to work harder than we ever have since we lost three of our top runners. We need to stay on task, work as a team and help each other out. If we try hard and stay motivated, we can do it.”
Westlake echoed those comments.
“We definitely have to work very hard and stay focused on what we want to achieve,” he added. “I want to put this team in position to contend. My job is to get them emotionally and physically ready to get to the championships.”
2003 Co-ed Schedule:
9/12 Sparks, Carson at CC 3:30 p.m.
9/20 Nevada Union Invit. 8 a.m.
9/24 Reno, Wooster 3:30 p.m.
9/27 Stanford Invit. TBA
10/3 South Tahoe Relays 3:30 p.m.
10/8 Galena, SS at SS 3:30 p.m.
10/10 Carson Invit. 3:30 p.m.
10/17 Elko Invit. 3:30 p.m.
10/24 TBA TBA
10/31 Regionals TBA
11/8 State TBA