STHS finishes sixth in cross country |

STHS finishes sixth in cross country

Mike Traum

The South Tahoe High boys cross country team held its position as second-best in Northern Nevada, finishing sixth in the state championships on Saturday at Reed High.

Reno (67 points) captured the top honors, with the South’s Basic (75), Silverado (85), Bonanza (86) and Cheyenne (105) high schools rounding out the first five. Tahoe (154), which was second behind Reno at last week’s zone meet, beat out Carson (158) and Galena (158).

Tahoe future looks bright, as just two of its seven state competitors were seniors. Junior Russell Grant continued his late-season push, finishing the 3.1-mile course in 18-minutes, 11-seconds, good enough for 29th overall. Sophomore Grant Carter followed in 34th place at 18:23; with freshman Manuel Lomeli, 36th, 18:25; senior Dusty LaChapelle, 46th, 18:53; senior Forrest Armstrong, 52nd, 19:08; junior Travis Moore, 54th, 19:10; and sophomore Cory Martin, 59th, 19:33.

The Huskies’ Carlos Concha, also a top prep golfer, raced to a course-record 16:34. Wooster Ron Tibaduiza was second at 16:44, with Silverado’s Dustin Hudspeth third at 16:56.

On the girls side, the Douglas High girls cross country team ran into a wall in its bid to win the title. A formidable wall of Cheyenne Desert Shields from North Las Vegas, that is.

Spurred on by the 2-3 finish of senior Jessica Zarndt and sophomore Katie Bailey, Cheyenne slipped past Douglas in a close race to win its second straight Class 4A team championship.

The Desert Shields, who had three runners in the top 11, outdistanced Douglas by a 61-73 margin to win the team championship while Green Valley finished a close third with 76 points.

Kathleen McSweeney led the Tigers with a fifth-place effort of 20:09.

McSweeney was pulled along by a fast lead pack led by Green Valley sophomore Abby Miller, who won her second straight state meet gold medal by running a course record 19:17. Zarndt was second in 19:30 for Cheyenne. Carson was seventh in the team standings.

Sophomore Matea Peterson led the Dayton girls to a fourth-place finish in the 3A girls race. Spring Creek scored 46 points to run away with top team honors while Dayton finished with 107 points, just four behind third-place Tahoe-Truckee.

In the boys race, North Tahoe captured its seventh straight state championship and 13th since 1982. The Lakers edged Rite of Passage for first-place, 29-43.

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