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Vikings clinch regional cross country berths

By Steve Yingling

syingling@tahoedailytribune.com

RENO – In order to qualify for the boys’ state cross country meet, South Tahoe High will need to run better than Bishop Manogue.

In a possible preview of the struggle for the final Northern 4A berth to state on Wednesday at North Valleys High, the Vikings learned that the Miners are slightly better at this point.

Manogue defeated the Vikings 13-14 in a nonleague dual meet.

Otherwise, the meet was a success for the Vikings, who cinched a berth in the Oct. 25 regionals in Reno and showed improvement from their previous meet at Stanford.

“They are a better team right now. We have to chase them down,” said STHS coach Dominique Westlake.

Given that Galena, Reno and Carson are poised to grab the top three state berths, the Vikings and Miners figure to be the programs in line to collect the final spot.

“With the talent that we have on this team, the goal, in my mind, is to make state,” Westlake said.

South Tahoe showed its depth on Wednesday as five runners placed in the top 12 of a meet that also included North Valleys and Elko. Senior Chris Gamage led the Vikings by completing the 5-kilometer course in 19 minutes, 41 seconds on a less-than-ideal running day where winds gusted as high as 40 mph.

North Valley’s Rene Rangel was first in 18:37.

Completing the Vikings’ scoring unit were Patrick Reilly, seventh, 20:07; Joe Young, ninth, 20:24; Erich Baumann, 10th, 20:27; and Jordan Yingling, 12th, 20:37.

In the Vikings’ other head-to-head matchups, they defeated Elko 24-36 and North Valleys, which had an incomplete team. The latter win enabled the Vikings to raise its Sierra Division mark to 5-0 and qualify for the regional meet.

The Vikings will complete their Sierra Division dual season on Oct. 17 when they host Carson and Reno.

Like the boys, the STHS girls’ team qualified for regionals on Wednesday.

Behind the first- and third-place finishes of Kelsey Smith and Kate Lambdin, the Vikings ran away from the Panthers 22-38. STHS also bested Manogue 23-32 and Elko 26-30. Smith was in charge of the race throughout, although runner-up Brooke Casagrada of Elko closed the gap in the final kilometer. Their times were 22:00 and 22:09, respectively.

Lambdin, who was timed in 22:27, had an ice pack taped to her back following the race in an attempt to soothe the pain from running the hilly and rocky course.

“We were pretty banged up from Stanford,” said Vikings’ coach Dan Wilvers, who is pleased his team won’t compete next week. “We need two weeks to train to get ready for the rest of the season.”

Two other Vikings placed in the top 10 as T.J. Zaccor was seventh in 24:13 and Cheldon Rabbetts 10th in 24:54. Ali Palacios capped the Vikings’ scoring by placing 19th in 26:28.

For additional team results, see Scoreboard on Page 14.

PREP CROSS COUNTRY

Wednesday

At North Valleys’ High, Reno

GIRLS

Team duals

South Tahoe 23, Bishop Manogue 32; South Tahoe 26, Elko 30; South Tahoe 22, North Valleys 38

Individual top 10 in 5K

1. Kelsey Smith, STHS, 22 minutes; 2. Brooke Casagranda, Elko, 22:09; 3. Kate Lambdin, STHS, 22:27; 4. Chelsea Larsen, Elko, 22:36; 5. Ciera Biselli, Bishop Manogue, 23:17; 6. Rebecca Fisher, North Valleys, 22:54; 7. T.J. Zaccor, STHS, 24:13; 8. Brittany Acosta, BM, 24:31; 9. Hannah Turner, NV, 24:37; 10. Cheldon Rabbetts, STHS, 24:54.

Other Viking finishers

19. Ali Palacios, 26:28; 20. Karly Arroues, 26:45; 23. Alyssa Lowe, 27:36; 24. Becca Sanders, 27:37; 26. Sarah Benedict, 27:39.

BOYS

Team duals

South Tahoe 24, Elko 36; South Tahoe def. North Valleys, incomplete team; Manogue 13, South Tahoe 14.

Individual top 10 in 5K

1. Rene Rangel, North Valleys, 18:37; 2. Eric Sandall, Elko, 19:08; 3. Michael Rowe, Bishop Manogue, 19:32; 4. Chris Gamage, South Tahoe, 19:41; 5. Alex Martinez, Elko, 19:52; 6. Lance Gonzalez, Bishop Manogue, 19:58; 7. Patrick Reilly, STHS, 20:07; 8. Mike Dolan, 20:19; 9. Joe Young, STHS, 20:24; 10. Erich Baumann, STHS, 20:27.

Other Viking finishers

12. Jordan Yingling, 20:37; 15. Brady Hiob, 21:16; 19. Austin Pierce, 21:49; 20. Matt Arroues, 21:55; 24. Kyle Wilkinson, 22:35; 25. Connor Yingling, 22:40; 26. Justin Dalton, 22:44; 27. Rand Norberg, 22:45; 32. Nick Downer, 23:35; 36. Adam Kern, 24:12; 42. Will Caglia, 24:50; 52. Fernando Lopez, 36:15.


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