Vikings battle dust, heat in race against Fallon and Elko |

Vikings battle dust, heat in race against Fallon and Elko

It was hot, dusty, at a running site affectionately called the “Rattlesnake pit,” but the South Tahoe boys and girls cross country teams put in good showings against Fallon and Elko on Wednesday.

The boys finished first ahead of both Fallon and Elko on the strength of taking the second through 11th spots. Sophomore Hudson Wilvers was the top Viking runner with his second-place finish (17 minutes 25 seconds), which was only one second behind overall winner Jess Berckert.

“Both of them took a wrong turn at the end,” boys head coach Dominique Westlake said. “Hudson had just passed Jess when they realized they had taken a wrong turn.”

Chris Cosmi (17:48) finished third, Manuel Lomeli (18:02) took fourth, Derek Gianonni came in right behind in sixth, Jeff Koeck took seventh, Sean Powling finished eighth, Aston Wilcox was ninth, Zach Powers finished 10th and Jeff Cosmi came in 11th.

“It was nice to have Jeff back running with us,” Westlake said. “His hammy is still a little sore, but he’s coming along nicely.”

The girls team had an easier time with their competition as both Fallon and Elko did not field entire squads.

None the less, freshman Amber Ramos (20:37) ran away from the competition, winning the race by almost four minutes.

“She ran a race of her own,” head coach Kathy Bluethman said.

The Vikings also had the next six finishers with Cecilia Cuevas coming in second; Erica Zampardo third; and another freshman Jennifer Wolff, in her first race on varsity, finished fourth with a time of 26:01.

“It was great for Jennifer because she’s been improving every day,” Bluethman said.

Norma Olivas took fifth, followed by freshman Becky Reece and Vanessa Porsini in sixth and seventh, respectively.

Next up for both Viking squads is a trip to Grass Valley for the Nevada Union Invitational on Saturday.

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