Vikings dominate Hug meet
The South Tahoe cross country team had their coach Dominique Westlake seeing blue Wednesday, winning both varsity and JV races during a Nevada 4A meet in Reno.
“Every time I looked up I saw a lot of blue up front,” Westlake said.
On a 2.75-mile course known for it’s hilly terrain, varsity runner Hudson Wilvers showed no sign of fear as he ran to the fifth fastest time (16:55) the course had ever seen. Hudson’s result was easily the best of the race, with Wooster’s Chris Classen finishing nearly one minute behind (17:22).
“We ran a very smart race today,” Westlake said. “I told all the all guys to be under control on the first lap and aggressive on the last.”
Westlake’s strategy worked very well as junior Chris Cosmi finished in third place with a strong run of 17:40. Cosmi’s ambitious stretch on the final leg nearly put him in at second.
“Chris was trying to close at the end, but just ran out of real estate,” Westlake said.
The varsity squad’s first-place overall finish (41) was rounded out by the seven, eight, nine finishes of runners Jeff Koeck, Alex Tenoceloti and Scott Brower.
Other team scores were Hug’s 47, McQueen’s 65 and Wooster’s 90.
On the JV side the boys were dominant, finishing one through nine for the best possible score of 15.
Cody McGehee and Astin Wilcox crossed the finish line for a first-place tie with a time of 11:05 on the 2-mile course.
“That was a great display of team unity,” Westlake said. “They went to work together and were looking for both of them to make a move on the varsity level.”
Also turning in top times were Brian Marshall (12:19), Bryan Kurek (12:32), Steven Grant (12:48), Alex Sharp (12:550, Robert Gonzales (12:58), Luis Gomez (12:59) and Josh Kimball (13:01).
With both teams clearly out in front of the other schools, Westlake came away from the event feeling very optimistic about his team.
“We’re finally starting to get into a groove,” he said. “Every meet we seem to be getting stronger.”
Both cross country teams will run next Friday when they host their only meet of the season at South Tahoe High School.
Support Local Journalism
Support Local Journalism
Readers around the Lake Tahoe Basin and beyond make the Tahoe Tribune's work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.
Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.
Your donation will help us continue to cover COVID-19 and our other vital local news.
Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.
User Legend: Moderator Trusted User
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — Sierra-at-Tahoe may not be able to open its full mountain this season and will have to limit the amount of terrain available due to destruction caused by the Caldor Fire.