Three T-Wolves claim Tah-Neva titles
Kingsbury Middle School capped its final cross country season at the school by hosting the Tah-Neva League Championships on Friday.
The Knights responded with several top-three individual efforts and nine top-10 performances. Kingsbury will close its doors in June as the Douglas County School District has chosen to proceed with two schools instead of three for the area.
Their neighbors in California, South Tahoe, produced three individual champions – Conner Henderson, Shelby McIntyre and Ryan Caro – and a team title.
Henderson won the 2.15-mile sixth and seventh-grade race in 13:58.84, breaking his own course record of 14:25.34. South Tahoe won the team title with 37 points as Henderson was joined by five teammates in the top 20: Brandon Cramer, third, 14:33; Harley Norton, 11th, 15:33.29; Derek Caro, 13th, 15:53.94; Andrew Noll, 16th, 16:18:00; and Conner Rettig, 20th, 16:33.94. Carson finished second with 59, then came North Tahoe 82, Kingsbury 93, Alder Creek 101 and Eagle Valley 158.
STMS eighth-grader McIntyre completed an unbeaten season, winning the girls’ 2.4-mile race in 16:22.18.
Under the direction of coach Anthony Davis, the 2007-08 Kingsbury mission statement – “Save the Best for Last” – turned true for members of his squad. Surprised by a turnout of 35 student/athletes from an enrollment of only 139, the team met its first goal of fielding a complete team. Hosting its first Tah Neva League Middle School Cross Country Championship at the Kingsbury/Kahle Park Cross Country was the second goal. The third goal, according to Davis, was to believe in themselves.
In the sixth/seventh-grade boys’ division, Ty Sprock led the three top 10 Kingsbury Knights with a second-place finish of 14:26.56, while teammate Nick Tilley improved his previous KMS course time by 30 seconds, crossing in 15:18.62 for fifth place. Mark Waite finished sixth in 15:20.81, short of his sixth-grade boys’ course record of 15:08.52 set at the KMS Invitational on Sept. 27.
Other KMS finishers included: RJ Rupp, 18th, 16:27.18; Marshall Neil, 19th, 16:31.88; Spencer Buchholz, 28th, 16:49.25; Kyle Crawford, 29th, 16:52.18; Anders Chaplin, 31st, 15:53.12; Derek Werle, 32nd, 16:53.43; Alex Kelley, 35th, 16:59.00; Cody Dangtongdee, 45th, 17:42.70; Austin Neil, 47th, 17:45.06; Josh Welch, 66th, 18:46.00; Cody Gibson, 82nd, 19:38.15; Connor Chase, 87th, 19:58.46; Marcus Foersheler, 88th, 20:13.88; Austin Buyak, 94th, 20:27.75; Austin Brooks, 95th, 20:29.18; Seth Kauffman, 97th, 21:09.34; and Dillon Stetler, 104th, 22:58.12.
For STMS, Kyle Hannah was 21st, 16:35.12; Joel Rabbetts, 25th, 16:41.59; Conner McKeen, 36th, 17:04.03; Zac Moore, 37th, 17:15.94; Dylan Maxwell, 38th, 17:25.09; Tyler Meyers, 39th, 17:25.88; Kyle Swain, 40th, 17:27.56; Noah Palmieri, 48th, 17:54.18; Hayden Bronken, 49th, 17:55.12; Arron Johnson, 50th, 17:57.91; Jack Suglian, 51st, 18:01.88; Jared Under, 52nd, 18:02.56; Sam Dixon, 54th, 18:06.78; Tyler Cottrill, 56th, 18:16.69; Chas Carlson, 61st, 18:30.38; Alexander Falls, 77th, 19:26.75; Chad Kaassamani, 84th, 19:55.03; Colton McHugh, 85th, 19:57.38; Aiden D’Angelo, 89th, 20:14.18; Luis Fernandez, 99th, 21:40.88; and Travis Stading, 115th, 26:21.94.
The Knights’ sixth-grade twins, Safira and Issbella Gesmundo, added two more all-league performances in the sixth- and seventh-grade girls’ division, finishing fourth at 16:30.09 and ninth at 17:27.75, respectively.
Ellen Kruger ran one of her best races of the season with a 62nd-place finish in 31:40.26. Aspen Abbott of Faith Christian won the 2.15-mile race in 16:09.56, while Alex Drozoff of Carson placed second in 16:19.97, breaking the sixth-grade girls’ record set by STMS’s McIntyre (16:42.00) in 2005.
Kelly Colleton led the Timberwolves with a fifth-place result (16:56.97). STMS had four additional runners in the top 20 as Elieth Medina was 12th (18:35.59), Fatima Garcia 13th (18:38.38), Areil Sanchez 14th (18:41.03) and Kate Albrecht 18th (19:00.44). Also for STMS, Molly Dant was 23rd, 19:33.81; Kaila Griffis, 30th, 20:28.12; Kate Carlson, 37th, 21:30.69; Kristen Tang, 39th, 21:44.62; Mia Sutton, 40th, 21:46.44; Ashley Tarwater, 44th, 22:46.09; and Morgan Kaufer, 49th, 23:27.17.
Carson won the team title with 23 points, South Tahoe finished second at 37 and Alder Creek third with 68.
Caro’s winning time in the eighth-grade boys’ race was 16:00.
Zach Welch of Kingsbury sprinted to the finish for second place in 16:19.88. Mikey George of KMS raced to an 11th-place finish in 18:32.78. He moved up eight spots, earning him the Knights’ “Most Outstanding” runner of the meet. Other finishes by KMS included Travis Hisken, 40th, 22:55.75; Bill Browne, 45th, 24:04.4; Roland Howe, 46th, 24:28.31; and Hugh Killebrew, 49th, 28:08.56.
STMS’s next-best result was Bryan Holmes finishing 14th in 19:03.03. Tanner McAvoy was 20th in 19:30.00; Chris Goode, 26th, 20:39.09; and Grant Jones, 39th, 22:48.28.
Kingsbury was fifth in the team scoring with 101 points. Carson captured the team championship with 40 points, then came Alder Creek 55, South Tahoe 77 and Incline 87.
Cross country for the Kingsbury Knights came to an end in a fitting way as all three girls in the eighth-grade race earned all -league top 10 honors: Sammy Rupp, third, 17:28.32; Darby Reeder, seventh, 18:53.82; and Bailey Adams, ninth, 19:27.15.
STMS’s Jasmine Enerson made the top 10 as well by placing 10th in 19:39.00. Teammate Lisa Johnston was 13th in 20:04.48 and Madison Bowman, 16th, 21:51.97.
Eagle Valley won the team title with 40 points and was followed by Carson’s 51, Alder Creek’s 56 and Paw Wa Lu’s 68.