Timberwolves sweep Tah-Neva League meet
With only one more tune-up meet left before the Tah-Neva cross country championships, South Tahoe Middle School appears to be running on all four cylinders.
Last Friday, at Pau-Wa-Lu Middle School in Gardnerville, the Timberwolves won all four divisions. Furthermore, they easily ran away from the competition with three individual winners.
Patrick Reilly started things rolling in the sixth- and seventh-grade boys’ race as he blasted out of the gates in the lead and never looked back. He finished the 1.9-mile course in 13:45, 11 seconds ahead of the next runner. Brian Walker was the next T-wolf placing an impressive third in 14:04, while Chase Grant ran his best race in two years, finishing eighth in 14:20. Next were sixth-graders Jake Leonard, 11th, 14:20; Noble Lau, 12th, 14:43; Rand Norberg, 16th, 14:48; and Derek Holmgren, 18th, 14:51.
Dillon Perucci was 20th, 14:58; Chase Hart, 23rd, 15:12; and Brendan Rice, 24th, 15:14. Also, Kyle Smaine took 35th, Zack McAllister 36th, Colt Johnston 41st, Mikey Caro 45th, Jack Garratt 59th, Cameron Miranda 62nd and Matthew Arroues 67th. Team-wise, South Tahoe won this division by more than 20 points.
In the sixth- and seventh-grade girls’ race, STMS won this division for the first time this year, narrowly defeating CMS 26 to 29 points. The T-wolves packed three runners in the top five, led by Tamara Snight’s third-place finish, her best of the season. Her time for 1.9 miles was 15:01. Kylie Noll tailed Snight by only 1 second and finished fourth. Bree Norton followed in fifth place (15:24), while Dailee Perucci improved to 16th (17:24) and Courtney Cichowicz improved to 17th (17:42).
South Tahoe’s eighth-grade boys dominated their division as they placed five runners in the top 11. Ian Rice and Kyle Conroy didn’t hesitate to take the lead a quarter mile into the race and were never challenged after that. Rice placed first on the 2.3-mile course in 14:47. Conroy placed second in 15:15. Juan Corea improved to ninth (16:31) despite spraining an ankle. David Mejia took 10th (16:37), Michael Orman 11th (16:41) and Corey Volkmar 15th (17:32). Tim Suglian placed 32nd, Eric Bergsohn 34th, Richard Horvatich 35th, Carr Rieger 37th and Sean Brower 39th.
STMS won this division by more than 40 points.
The last race of the day saw Kelsey McClurg win her fifth straight race by more than 30 seconds. Her time for the 2.3-mile course was 16:06. Three other Timberwolves finished in the top nine. Kimmy Arroues was fifth (17:45); Allison Kern sixth (17:59); and Elle Vermillion ninth (18:56). Mary Kurek returned from an injury to place 16th (20:27) while Allie Bratton was 20th (21:09).
The last meet before the championship meet is Friday at 3 p.m. at Eagle Valley Middle School in Carson City.
The championships are Oct. 18 at 2 p.m. at Centennial Park in Carson City.
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