STHS cross country team gets warm up with cross-town rival
South Tahoe High’s cross country team hosted the Whittell boys and girls Friday afternoon in an annual duel meet.
The 2.75-mile course gave both teams a chance to warm up before the season opened this weekend.
“It was more of a practice meet just to get the juices flowing a little bit and to give us the opportunity to be in race form mentally,” said South Tahoe boys’ cross country coach Dominique Westlake.
South Tahoe took the top eight spots, with Alex Sharp finishing first with a time of 17 minutes, 1 second, followed by teammates Bryan Kurek (17:07), Eric Gallanty (18:12), Scott Brower (18:26) and Kyle Sullivan (18:39).
“Alex and Bryan ran very well and I was very pleased with their effort,” Westlake said. “They will be leading the team all season long. I was also happy with Eric’s performance. He ran a really good race.”
Westlake noted that they are “beating (last year’s) times from the same meet by a minute and a half.
“They are working really hard,” he added of his team. “We have to be careful not to bring it along too fast, to find a balance between smart and effective training. As the season gets on I’d like for us to get more competitive in meets and in our attitude.”
On the girls’ side, South Tahoe’s Megan Hillyard placed first with a time of 21:06, followed by teammates Kelsey McClurg (21:18), Kimmy Arroues (21:22), Anna Lambdin (21:49) and Lacey Payne (23:29).
South Tahoe’s boys’ and girls’ teams will compete in their first regular-season meet Friday in Carson City against Sparks and Carson beginning at 3:30 p.m.