STHS girls’ cross country team pins hopes on young blood
The South Tahoe High girls’ cross country team will have something to prove this season, with a new crop of young runners replacing nine seniors lost to graduation.
Last season, the team finished fourth in Northern Nevada 4A league competition, one place out of advancing to state. Instead, the team sent one individual runner who qualified: Anna Lambdin.
This year, the junior team captain is hoping to lead her whole team there.
“I think the team looks really strong,” Lambdin said. “We have four new freshmen and I think three of them will be varsity runners by the end of the season. We have a young team with not as many seniors as last year, but we look strong.
“I would like to see the team go to state this year,” she added. “We missed it by one place last year. I think if we really focus and give 100 percent when we need to, we could do it.”
Three senior varsity runners — Amber Ramos, Lily Tam and Aricela Ramos (no relation) — return to the team this season to fill out the roster at 16, according to second-year coach Doug Watenpool.
Laurel Morrow, a junior who ran varsity last year, also returns to the team, along with three sophomores: Megan Hillyard, Heather Newman and Ellen Gallanty.
Watenpool said he has been particularly pleased with two of his new freshmen: Kimmy Arroues and Kelsey McClurg.
“I’m really excited about them and the way they are running right now,” he said. “They have been working hard all summer at the voluntary practices.”
Watenpool predicts that the team’s young blood will cover for the loss of the seniors.
“Last year, we dealt with a lot of injuries with the seniors, including Anna who pulled a hamstring early in the season,” he said. “We finished fourth behind Reno, Carson City and Galena, and those will be our chief rivals again.
“The biggest difference this year is that only the top two teams from the north go to state, where as last year there were three. That is our goal, to be one of those top two teams. I think it’s a realistic goal, especially with the strong freshmen we have coming in. I’m really excited about the season, the girls are excited and they have good attitudes. They are a great bunch of girls and they work hard.”
The team starts off its season with a practice meet against Whittell on Friday at STHS, beginning at 4 p.m.
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