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STHS girls, Reilly qualify for state

Steve Yingling

RENO – After winning the Sierra League regular-season title earlier this month, the South Tahoe High girls’ cross country team went to Disneyland.

The Vikings were regretting the 12 hours they spent at the Southern California amusement park last weekend on Thursday at the Nevada 4A regional championships. The Vikings ran with tired legs, and the Reno Huskies performed at an optimum level to capture their seventh straight regional championship.

The defending state champion Huskies placed three runners in the top ten to run away with the title by 19 points over the Vikings. Top-three team scores were Reno 52, South Tahoe 71 and Carson 79.

Both South Tahoe teams competed at the Mount Sac Invitational last Friday in Southern California, then were treated to 12 hours at Disneyland. Reno also competed at the invitational, but avoided the tourist attraction.

“We didn’t go to Disneyland for 12 hours,” said Reno coach Roland Martin. “They didn’t run to their best, but I want to give our girls credit. They ran well today.”

Even the Northern 4A’s top runner, STHS sophomore Kelsey Smith, was off her normal pace. Douglas senior Whitney Lindsey capitalized, winning the 5K race at Rancho San Rafael Park in 20 minutes, 7.92 seconds. Smith was second in 20:25.33, nearly a minute slower than her runner-up finish a year ago.

“We only had four days’ rest after Mt. Sac,” Smith said. “It’s state that matters. That’s the big race. I will be ready for that.”

Lindsey seized the lead at the mile mark and gradually increased her edge to more than 200 yards.

“I was really amazed that I could stay with her and beat her,” Lindsey said. “I tried to get out faster because normally I do better the second half of the race.”

Despite their sluggish performance, the Vikings finished second and qualified for state for the fifth straight season. The runner-up regional formula has worked well for the Vikings in the past as they captured state titles in 2004 and 2005 after placing second to Reno at the regional championships.

“I think we can get first at state. Some of us didn’t push it hard enough,” said STHS freshman Cheldon Rabbetts, who placed 14th in 22:07.59.

Senior Kate Lambdin finished in the top 10 for the Vikings, placing sixth in 20:51.19.

The South Tahoe boys had hoped to overtake Bishop Manogue for fourth place and qualify for state, but like the Viking girls, they didn’t have their best race. Manogue finished behind Galena, Reno and Carson to qualify for the Nov. 3 state meet in Reno. STHS came in fifth, 27 points behind the Miners.

Reilly, however, made the state meet on his own, finishing 12th to grab the fourth of five individual state berths.

“I felt that was the best race of my whole high school career,” said Reilly, a senior who finished in 18:18.43. “It’s nice to go out like this.”

Last year, Reilly missed qualifying for state by one place. He wasn’t about to let it happen again, making the state meet for the third time in his career.

“That really hurt (last year). I just wanted to prove to myself that I could go to state,” Reilly said.

Galena junior Bryan Tibaduiza was never seriously threatened en route to winning the boys’ race in 16:38.71. Carson sophomore Richard Shroy was second at 17:06.00.

South Tahoe’s Chris Gamage and Matt Arroues placed 22nd and 36th, respectively, to close out their careers.

For additional results, see Scoreboard on Page 21.

NORTHERN 4A REGIONAL CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS

Thursday

At Rancho San Rafael Park, Reno

BOYS’ 5K

Team scores

1. Galena 26, 2. Reno 72, 3. Carson 84, 4. Bishop Manogue 108, 5. South Tahoe 135, 6. Elko 150, 7. Douglas 154, 8. Spanish Springs 191.

Note: Top four teams advance to state.

Top 15 Individuals

1. Bryan Tibaduiza, Galena, 16:38.71; 2. Richard Shroy, Carson, 17:06.00; 3. Joshua Schelling, Galena, 17:18.71; 4. Joseph Abbott, Galena, 17:24.90; 5. Brandon Nied, Reno, 17:25.49; 6. x-Rene Rangel, North Valleys, 17:33.97; 7. Nathan Jordan, Galena, 17:35.51; 8. x-Eric Sandall, Elko, 17:55.47; 9. Russell Smithson, Reno, 17:55.67; 10. Mike Dolan, Bishop Manogue, 18:08.02; 11. x-Geoff Hull, McQueen, 18:13.85; 12. x-Patrick Reilly, South Tahoe, 18:18.43; 13. Joseph Abittan, Reno, 18:18.62; 14. Nicholas Tatro, Galena, 18:22.15; 15. Michael Rowe, Bishop Manogue, 18:24.37.

x-qualified for state as an individual

Derrik Jenkins, Douglas, 18:30.78 also qualifed for state

Other STHS results

22. Chris Gamage, 18:34.05; 36. Matt Arroues, 19:15.47; 37. Erich Baumann, 19:18.96; 45. Jordan Yingling, 19:27.91; 47. Joe Young, 19:36.65.

GIRLS’ 5K

Team scores

1. Reno 52, 2. South Tahoe 71, 3. Carson 79, 4. Elko 117 (won tiebreaker), 5. Douglas 117, 6. Bishop Manogue 129, 7. Galena 144, 8. Reed 221.

Note: Top four teams advance to state.

Top 15 individuals

1. x-Lindsey Whitney, Douglas, 20:07.92; 2. Kelsey Smith, South Tahoe, 20:25.33; 3. Megan Mathis, Reno, 20:35.67; 4. Joelle Slater, Reno, 20:43.07; 5. Yvonne Hollett, Carson, 20:48.73; 6. Kate Lambdin, South Tahoe, 20:51.19; 7. x-Hanna Turner, North Valleys, 21:09.34; 8. x-Ciera Biselli, Bishop Manogue, 21:11.62; 9. Demery Kirsch, Reno, 21:27.59; 10. Chelsea Larsen, Elko, 21:38.64; 11. Brooke Casagranda, Elko, 21:45.26; 12. x-Taylor Biaggi, Douglas, 21:50.38; 13. x-Jazmine Guzman, Hug, 22:02.29; 14. Cheldon Rabbetts, South Tahoe, 22:07.59; 15. Laura Townsend, Spanish Springs, 22:17.34.

x-qualified for state as an individual

NEVADA 3A GIRLS

Team scores

1. Lowry 45, 2. Spring Creek 61 (won tiebreaker), 3. Dayton 61, 4. Truckee 87, 5. Yerington 92.

Individual winner: Theresa Hardy, Dayton, 22:58.43.

NEVADA 4A BOYS

Team scores

1. Lowry 39, 2. Truckee 49, 3. Dayton 62, 4. Spring Creek 78, 5. Yereington 144, 6. Sparks 163, 7. Fernley 190.

Individual winner: Miach Silver, Truckee, 18:08.83.


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