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Warriors run at 8,500 feet

King finishes runner-up at Mount Rose meet; Marshall third

By Steve Yingling

Tribune sports editor

Running at 6,200 feet is arduous enough, but the Whittell High cross country team rose an additional 2,300 feet in their early season training Wednesday.

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The Warriors competed in a four-team meet at Mount Rose – a facility more commonly used for Alpine skiing.

Nevertheless, the Warriors rose to the occasion with senior David King finishing runner-up in the 5-kilometer race at 18 minutes, 48 seconds. Teammate Adam Kingman placed third in 18:54, Adam Laub fifth in 19:24, John Robinson 13th, Allen McCleod 14th and Chris Crawford 15th.

Team scores weren’t available.

Whittell’s five-member girls’ team also performed well with Shannon Marshall placing third in 23:53. Natalie Daly, making her high school cross country debut, finished seventh in 25:06; Miranda Flores was eighth in 25:08; Morgan King 14th; and Mandy Heiser 19th. King ran two-thirds of the race with a bad side cramp and still finished.

“They’re getting there,” said Whittell coach Lindsay Wines. “This early in the season with these times, they have been doing really well. The kids just need to get a little more mileage under them.”

Whittell will hold its annual invitational on Friday in Zephyr Cove. Wines is expecting teams from Douglas, Fernley, Incline, Dayton, Gerlach, Austin and Carlin to compete in the unique event.

“I think it’s the toughest course the kids will run all year because of the water; it’s knee-deep in some places,” Wines said. “In the varsity race they cross the water six times. The kids come back without shoes and mud on them. It’s fun to watch.”

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