STMS close to bringing out the brooms
The Timberwolves nearly ran well enough to turn their coaches’ hair purple and make them wear tutues.
Those were the carrots South Tahoe Middle School coaches Syd Brown and Sue Trauner dangled before their runners if they swept all four divisions at the Fleet Feet-sponsored Tah-Neva League cross championships Oct. 18 in Carson City.
As it turned out, the Timberwolves won three divisions and placed second in the other, missing the sweep by a mere three points.
STMS won the boys’ sixth- and seventh-grade, boys’ eighth-grade and girls’ eighth-grade divisions.
Meanwhile, Mac Cerceo led Kingsbury to fourth place in the sixth- and seventh-grade division by winning the 1.78-mile race in a record time of 11:35.
“Mac is one of the most-dedicated people I’ve ever met,” said third-year Kingsbury coach Andrea King.
Patrick Reilly of STMS was runner-up in 11 minutes, 42 seconds.
Reilly led five Timberwolves in the top 10, with Brian Walker fifth in 12:02, Vince Capellino, sixth, 12:11; Brenden Rice, seventh, 12:12; and Dillon Perucci, ninth, 12:17. Not far out of the top 10 were Jake Leonard, 11th, 12:19 and Noble Lau, 13th, 12:48.
Also for Kingsbury, David King came in eighth place and Christian Hernandez was 17th.
Showing off their depth, the Timberwolves had Derek Holmgren come in 20th, 13:08; Rand Norberg, 21st, 13:12; Chase Hart, 25th, 13:19 and Kyle Smaine, 32nd, 13:34. Jack Garratt of STMS improved 20 places in finishing 34th in 13:35. He was followed by Mikey Caro in 38th, 13:53; Zach McAlliser, 41st, 14:11; Christian Dayberry, 42nd, 14:13; Chase Grant, 47th, 14:31; Cameron Miranda, 55th, 14:59; and Matthew Arroues, 63rd, 15:29.
STMS sixth-grader Kylie Noll won her division for the first time all season, setting a class record with a time of 12:35, 11 seconds faster than the runner-up.
Joining Noll in the top 10 were STMS teammates Tamara Snight, fourth, 13:04; and Bree Norton, eighth, 13:23. Dailee Perucci of STMS ran a season-best 14th, 14:23. She was followed by STMS’s Courtney Cichowicz, 18th, 14:58; Sherilynn Horvatich, 33rd, 16:07; and Kelly Treiber, 52nd, 18:47.
Holly Brumbauch of Kingsbury came in 12th in 14:20.
Kimmy Arroues was the top Wolf in the eighth-grade girls’ race, finishing second, as STMS reached its goal of placing five runners in the top 10. She finished the 2.25-mile race in 17:04. STMS’s Kelsey McClurg and Allison Kern were third and fifth with times of 17:31 and 17:59, respectively. Mary Kurek of the Timberwolves ran her best race ever, finishing ninth in 18:52, while Elle Vermillion placed 10th in 18:59.
With Ian Rice, one of the Timberwolves’ top runners in the eighth-grade boys’ division sidelined with a soccer injury, the team used some timely performances to edge Incline by four points to win the title.
Kyle Conroy keyed STMS’s victory by leading the race from to start to finish, winning in 15:31. The Timberwolves’ David Mejia saved his best performance for last, placing fifth in 16:03.
Also for STMS, Corey Volkmar improved to 11th, his best, in 16:40 and Michael Orman came in 14th at 17:29. Willis Hughes of Kingsbury finished 19th in 17:50.
STMS’s fifth runner, Juan Corea, collapsed near the finish line due to heat exhaustion, picked himself up and sprinted the rest of the way to take 25th in 18:48. Eric Bergsohn was 37th, 20:25; Richard Horvatich, 42nd, 22:05; Tim Suglian, 43rd, 22:06; and Carr Reiger, 44th, 22:41.
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