Vikings run to perfection |

Vikings run to perfection

STHS hands Reno first loss since at least 1999

By Steve Yingling

Based on what transpired at South Tahoe High’s final double dual cross country meet on Wednesday, the Viking girls are the favorites to win next week’s regional meet.

South Tahoe, which won state titles in 2004-05, placed four runners in the top nine finishers in a meet that was accentuated by the presence of defending state champion Reno and Carson, a program on the rise.

All three teams entered the final Sierra Division meet without a loss, and only the Vikings left with their perfect record intact.

For the first time since at least 1999, the Huskies lost a dual race. STHS beat Reno 25-30 and Carson 24-32 on their home course.

“It played out like I thought it would play it, but it’s gonna be really close,” said STHS coach Dan Wilvers. “It’s going to come down to every one of those runners.”

On an afternoon more suited to skiing or sitting by the fireplace, the three elite programs treated the meet like it was their biggest race of the season.

STHS sophomore Kelsey Smith won the two-plus-mile race in 14 minutes, 25 seconds. Reno’s Megan Mathis outkicked Viking senior Kate Lambdin around Viking Bowl to finish second in 14:33. Freshmen T.J. Zaccor and Cheldon Rabbetts provided the Vikings with seventh- (15:16) and ninth-place (15:23) finishes, respectively. Senior Jordan Dalton was the Vikings’ fifth runner, placing 14th in 15:47.

Dalton presumed that Reno might have been holding back a bit on Wednesday.

“I knew that it probably wasn’t their strongest team that they put out today. I know they were better than what they showed today,” Dalton said.

“It was so close at the beginning of the season, so now for it not to be that close, there has to be (a reason). They are definitely going to come out stronger at regionals and state.”

The Senators’ five scoring runners came in before both South Tahoe and Reno’s, but it was enough for the upstart Senators to beat either team. Carson, however, competed without top runner Yvonne Hollett, so the outcome should be even closer at the Oct. 25 regionals in Reno.

Wilvers has had his girls taper off their workouts the past two weeks to get fresher for the big meets to come.

“We’ve been taking a lot of rest; we haven’t been doing that many workouts,” Smith said. “I think we were prepared to go out and show them what we have.”

Meanwhile, the STHS boys suffered their first two defeats of the division dual season. The Vikings ran less than full strength because of injuries and academic deficiencies.

Consequently, the Vikings lost to Carson 25-32 and Reno 20-35.

“Carson and Reno are better than us,” said STHS coach Dominique Westlake. “Since their bigger race is on (Friday), I still wanted them to be competitive today, but I didn’t want them to go all out.”

Senior Chris Gamage led the Vikings by placing fourth in 13:04, somewhat resisting a strategy to save himself for the Mount Sac race on Friday.

“It’s kind of hard. I don’t like people passing me,” Gamage said. “I didn’t go all out, but I probably went at least 85 percent.”

South Tahoe teammate Patrick Reilly was eighth in 13:22.

Carson sophomore Richard Shroy breezed to a 24-second victory with his time of 12:13.

Both STHS teams will compete in Southern California on Friday afternoon, then prepare for next Thursday’s regionals.



Wednesday at STHS


Dual meet scores

Reno 25, Carson 30; Reno 20, South Tahoe 35; Carson 25, South Tahoe 32.

Overall scores

Reno 30, Carson 36, South Tahoe 58.

Top 10 individuals

(2-plus miles)

1. Richard Shroy, Carson, 12:13; 2. Brandon Nied, Reno, 12:37; 3. Russell Smithson, Reno, 12:48; 4. Chris Gamage, STHS, 13:04; 5. Cody Freeman, Reno, 13:13; 6. Zack Mapes, Carson, 13:16; 7. Wade Smith, Carson, 13:16; 8. Patrick Reilly, STHS, 13:22; 9. Zach Speth, Reno, 13:30; 10. Caleb Carter, Carson, 13:30.

Other STHS results

13. Matt Arroues, 13:50; 19. Kyle Wilkinson, 14:17; 21. Justin Dalton, 14:26; 23. Jordan Yingling, 14:41; 24. Brady Hiob, 14:41; 26. Rand Norberg, 14:43; 30. Connor Yingling, 15:00; 31. Nick Downer, 15:19; 37. Will Caglia, 16:22; 40. Adam Kern, 17:10; 41. Erich Baumann, 17:10; 42. Jose Gomez, 17:57; 43. Fernando Lopez, 18:57.


Dual meet scores

Reno 28, Carson 29; South Tahoe 24, Carson 32; South Tahoe 25, Reno 30.

Overall scores

South Tahoe 34, Reno 43, Carson 46.

Top 10 individuals

(2-plus miles)

1. Kelsey Smith, STHS, 14:25; 2. Megan Mathis, Reno, 14:33; 3. Kate Lambdin, STHS, 14:33; 4. Joelle Slater, Reno, 14:57; 5. Christy Works, Carson, 15:10; 6. Demery Kirsch, Reno, 15:13; 7. T.J. Zaccor, STHS, 15:16; 8. Jenny Mitgl, Carson, 15:19; 9. Cheldon Rabbetts, STHS, 15:23; 10. Gloria Sosa, Carson, 15:23.

Other STHS results

14. Jordan Dalton, 15:47; 19. Ali Palacios, 16:18; 21. Karly Arroues, 16:24; 22. Becca Sanders, 16:53; 24. Sarah Benedict, 17:08; 25. Alyssa Lowe, 17:27.

Support Local Journalism

Your support means a better informed community. Donate today.