Vikings battle heat, sun stroke at McQueen
Despite the heat, both the boys’ and the girls’ cross country teams from South Tahoe finished second out of four teams at McQueen High School.
The boys team did so without Hudson Wilvers, Sean Pawling and Zach Powers, three of the team’s top five varsity runners, who were out with “sickness or nagging aches and pains,” said Dominique Westlake, the boys’ varsity coach.
“They are doing fine,” Westlake said of his varsity runners. “I don’t put that much of a priority on our Wednesday races, they are just practices, teaching the kids how to race.”
Alex Sharp of STHS finished sixth overall in the 3-mile race, behind the top five runners from Reno. Sharp finished with a time of 18 minutes, 15 seconds, an average of 6:05 per mile.
Reno’s top runner finished in 16:01.
Behind Sharp from South Tahoe were Bryan Kurek (seventh, 18:21), Kyle Sullivan (ninth, 18:24) Chris Cosmi (14th, 18:46), Steven Grant (15th, 18:49) and Tyler Rieger (20th, 19:42).
The girls’ team did equally as well, but lost several runners due to the heat.
“We had some heat exhaustion on our team. It was pretty ugly (at McQueen),” said girls coach Doug Watenpool. “But Dominique and I were proud of how the kids ran when they were obviously hurting.”
Amber Ramos led the Vikings in seventh-place time of 22:08. Behind her was Anna Lambdin (ninth, 22:33), Megan Hillyard (11th, 22:43), a freshman that Watenpool said has finished as the second or third girl in each of South Tahoe’s races.
“Preparing for the season we just didn’t see that that was going to happen. But she’s really established herself as one of our best runners,” Watenpool said.
Behind Hillyard was Aricela Ramos (17th, 23:42), Amanda Hammond (19th, 24:15), Vanessa Porfiri (20th, 24:24) and Heather Newman (23rd, 24:43).
Reno came in first. Behind was South Tahoe, McQueen and Reed.
Friday the team will be compete at North Tahoe.
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