Vikings runners ninth at Clovis Invitational |

Vikings runners ninth at Clovis Invitational

South Tahoe High cross country coach Dominique Westlake is seeing signs that his team of mostly underclassmen is coming of age.

The Vikings finished ninth out of 31 Division III teams in the Clovis Invitational on Saturday at Woodward Park in Fresno.

“They run with a lot of hunger. I see that a lot in their body language as well as in their eyes when they are running,” Westlake said. “The amount of growth they’ve had this season has been tremendous.”

Junior Patrick Reilly led the Vikings with an 18th-place result on a 5-kilometer course. His time was 17 minutes, 2 seconds on a warm and breezy day.

Senior Kyle Conroy finished 40th in 17:35 and junior Joey Summerhill was 64th in 17:59. Summerhill’s result was even more impressive when taking into account that he was tripped near the starting line and had to work his way back from last place.

“He ran a great race. A lot guys would have given up, but he kept fighting,” Westlake said.

Three other Vikings placed in the top 100 of the 180-racer field: junior Chris Gamage finished 65th, 18:00; freshman Evan Rabbetts, 87th, 18:21; and freshman Ben Sullivan, 100th, 18:30. Viking junior Matt Arroues came in 128th (19:11).

South Tahoe finished only 15 points out of sixth place. Cabrillo won the meet with 56 points.

Reno senior Mel Lawrence won the girls’ sweepstakes race in 17:29, leading her Huskies to third place. The Reno boys were sixth.

The Vikings, now ranked fifth in the state by Nevada Track Stats, travels to the Bella Vista Invitational on Saturday.

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