STHS cross country wins in 3A |

STHS cross country wins in 3A

Good things happen when all of the South Tahoe’s varsity cross country runners hit the pavement.

With three runners in the top five and seven in the top 20, South Tahoe’s boys’ cross country team cruised to an easy team victory Friday in the 3A cross country race at North Tahoe.

South Tahoe was the only 4A school in the 3A meet, and was invited to fill a vacancy in its roster.

The extra competition didn’t phase North Tahoe’s Pepe Ramirez, who finished first overall in the 3.3 mile race with a time of 19 minutes, 4 seconds. Behind him was Hudson Wilvers (second, 19:39) Chris Cosmi (third, 19:59) and Zach Powers (fourth, 20:15), all from South Tahoe High.

“We’re starting to train well. Things are coming together,” said Dominique Westlake, the boys’ coach.

South Tahoe also had seven runners in the top 20, which helped the team secure the top finish with 23 points. Lowry trailed with 103 points and Truckee with 158.

The girls varsity team had less success, but finished second behind Lowry, whose girls’ team has taken the meet for the last five years, said South Tahoe girls’ coach Doug Watenpool.

The girls team finished with 46 points, 20 points behind Lowry. Bishop Manogue was third with 100.

Amber Ramos finished fourth overall, trailing the top runners by 1:25.

Next for South Tahoe was Anna Lambdin (ninth, 25:37) a sophomore who Watenpool said is starting to shine as “a real team leader.”

“She’s a sophomore, so we can expect great things out of her for the next few years,” he said.

The girls team finished with eight girls in the top 20.

Behind Lambdin for South Tahoe was Erica Zampardo (14th 26:21), Megan Hillyard (16th, 26:44), Caitlin Robinson (17th, 26:46), Aricela Ramos (18th, 27:00), Karen Dalmacio (19th, 27:35) and Amanda Hammond (20th, 27:27).

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