Viking harriers show strengths |

Viking harriers show strengths

In the fall, the South Tahoe Viking boys cross-country team followed up a state title in 1999 with a runner-up finish.

In the run for a repeat title, numerous harriers took home All-Zone and All-State honors.

Led by senior Manuel Lomeli and sophomores Derrick Giannoni and Chris Cosmi, the Vikings garnered second-team All-Conference accolades.

Lomeli, running both state and zone races with a stress fracture in his leg, finished eighth at zone and 15th at state, while Cosmi finished seventh at zone and 14th at state and Giannoni was 10th at zone.

“Manuel’s finish was kind of a disappointment,” Viking coach Dominique Westlake said. “After such a great career, it would’ve been nice to have him end on a higher note.

“We didn’t know how badly his leg was hurt until after the season.”

The Vikings power was in their team-oriented attack, rather than having a few very strong runners, as was the case as year ago.

“We had a group of kids who would pick each other up when they were down,” Westlake said.

And it only looks to get better as Westlake has a strong group of junior varsity runners waiting in the wings.

“The depth of the jv team really helped us out this year,” Westlake said. “We took a couple of hard hits with injuries this year, so it was key to have such a deep group of runners.”

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