Vikings clinch regional XC berths
Competing in a meet between the Stanford and Clovis/Manhattan invitationals would have rendered Wednesday’s cross country meet at South Tahoe High as meaningless in past seasons.
Not so with the Nevada Interscholastic Activities’ new qualifying standards for regionals. Schools must win at least two dual meets to qualify for regionals, which has been trimmed to eight teams this year.
With that in mind, the Vikings were focused on stamping their regional reservations on Wednesday in a Sierra Division meet. The South Tahoe boys secured their regional berth as Patrick Reilly, Kyle Conroy and Chris Gamage placed second through fourth places in a 2.66-mile run in the forest surrounding Viking Bowl.
North Valleys Rene Rangel ran alone to win the race in 15 minutes, 43 seconds. Reilly led the pack of Vikings at 16:23, with Conroy and Gamage running 16:29 and 16:34, respectively.
South Tahoe’s scoring was complete with Joey Summerhill finishing seventh (16:51) and Evan Rabbetts ninth (17:13).
“We were focused on Douglas, that was pretty important,” Summerhill said. “This race was more strategy than anything.”
STHS coach Dominique Westlake has noticed his team take shape since finishing behind Douglas at the Reed Invitational earlier this season.
“We were racing against Douglas to see how much we’ve improved,” said STHS coach Dominique Westlake. “They are finally coming together and running well as a group.”
South Tahoe finished with 25 points, Douglas 49 and North Valleys was incomplete. The Vikings won the dual with Douglas 19-41.
The Vikings’ girls won their second division meet as well to make regionals. Kelsey Smith held off STHS teammate Kate Lambdin by 2 seconds with her winning time of 18:03.
Kylie Noll and Kimmy Arroues placed fourth and fifth at 18:39 and 19:03 and Jordan Dalton 10th (20:41) to close out the Vikings’ scoring.
“I thought they did pretty much what we asked them to do,” said STHS assistant coach Nancy Dalton. “We have been in some very competitive meets; this one wasn’t in the same caliber as Woodbridge and Stanford, but I thought the girls ran really well.”
Team scores were STHS 22, Douglas 41 and North Valleys 55. The Vikings’ dual wins were 20-35 over Douglas and 17-42 against North Valleys.
The girls now begin preparations for a cross-country trip to Manhattan on Oct. 14. The boys will take a varsity squad to the Clovis Invitational on Saturday.
SIERRA DIVISION CROSS COUNTRY MEET
Overall team scores
1. South Tahoe 25, 2. Douglas 49, 3. North Valleys inc.
South Tahoe 19, Douglas 41; South Tahoe 15, North Valleys inc.; Douglas 15, North Valleys inc.
1. Rene Rangel, North Valleys, 15:43; 2. Patrick Reilly, South Tahoe, 16:23; 3. Kyle Conroy, South Tahoe, 16:29; 4. Chris Gamage, South Tahoe, 16:34; 5. Spencer Lewis, Douglas, 16:40; 6. David Williams, Douglas, 16:43; 7. Joey Summerhill, South Tahoe, 16:51; 8. Caleb Koehlke, North Valleys, 17:11; 9. Evan Rabbetts, South Tahoe, 17:13; 10. Ben Sullivan, South Tahoe, 17:15.
11. Seth White, Douglas, 17:17; 12. Matt Arroues, South Tahoe, 17:18; 13. Derri, Jenkins, Douglas, 17:20; 14. Corey Trujillo, Douglas, 17:26; 15. Joe Young, South Tahoe, 17:28; 16. Scott Lococo, Douglas, 17:52; 17. Austin Pierce, South Tahoe, 18:06; 18. Zildgen Borromeo, South Tahoe, 18:08; 19. Rand Norberg, South Tahoe, 18:26; 20. Charlie Cross, Douglas, 18:31.
21. Jordan Yingling, South Tahoe, 18:36; 22. Eddie Kollar, Douglas, 18:54; 23. Chris Douglas, North Valleys, 19:26; 24. Mark Omohundro, Douglas, 20:05; 25. Adam Kern, South Tahoe, 21:04; 26. E.J. Wood, Douglas, 21:33; 27. Travis Moore, Douglas, 22:17; 28. Steven Foster, Douglas, 22:25; 29. Bon Tem, Douglas, 23:01; 30. Will Caglia, South Tahoe, 23:33; 31. Blake Olsen, Douglas, 25:46.
Overall team scores
1. South Tahoe 22, 2. Douglas 41, 3. North Valleys 55.
South Tahoe 20, Douglas 35; South Tahoe 17, North Valleys 42; Douglas 23, North Valleys 38.
1. Kelsey Smith, South Tahoe, 18:03; 2. Kate Lambdin, South Tahoe, 18:05; 3. Whitney Lindsey, Douglas, 18:28; 4. Kylie Noll, South Tahoe, 18:39; 5. Kimmy Arroues, South Tahoe, 19:03; 6. Taylor Biaggi, Douglas, 19:34; 7. Katie Owen, North Valleys, 19:46; 8. Rebecca Fisher, North Valleys, 19:51; 9. Skylar Young, Douglas, 20:40; 10. Jordan Dalton, South Tahoe, 20:41.
11. Shanlee Meyer, North Valleys, 20:50; 12. Sara Mangiaracina, Douglas, 21;14; 13. Cassie Hood, Douglas, 21:22; 14. Mary Kurek, South Tahoe, 21:24; 15. Anna Chiapella, Douglas, 21:39; 16. Sarah Allen, Douglas, 21:44; 17. Courtney Cichowicz, South Tahoe, 21:51; 18. Michelle Lampson, Douglas, 22:17; 19. Emily Paden, North Valleys, 22:32; 20. Hayley Rasmussen, North Valleys, 22:47.
21. Darcy Marvin, North Valleys, 20:48; 22. Amanda Boyd, Douglas, 22:54; 23. Amber Emerson, Douglas, 22:57; 24. Whitney Dullion, Douglas, 23:39; 25. Janae Orr, North Valleys, 24:07; 26. Brigita Oxoby-Langford, Douglas, 24:31; 27. Emilie Lang, Douglas, 24:50; 28. Chrissy Enengl, Douglas, 25:18; 29. Caleena Loghry-Lewis, North Valleys, 25:53; 30. Megan Stricker, North Valleys, 37:59.
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