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.
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