Warriors, Vikings run for the border
When the South Tahoe and Whittell High cross country teams hooked up Friday for a dual meet in Zephyr Cove, it’s accurate to say that they were running for the border.
As it turned out, California beat out Nevada by only two points as the Vikings notched a 29-27 victory over the host Warriors.
With many of the top varsity runners from both schools sitting out the race in hopes of resting their bodies for next week’s zone meet, the door was open for others to shine.
South Tahoe’s Sean Pawling finished the 1.8-mile course first with a 9:59 while Warrior runner Brian Beebe came in a close second at 10:23.
“Sean ran a great race,” Viking coach Dominique Westlake said. “He’s finally starting to put it all together.”
Next in for the Vikings was Jeff Koeck with a fourth-place time of 10:32 and once again, right on his heels was Warrior Jarret Guajardo with a 10:37.
Rounding out the top ten was Warrior Ben Johnson with a 10:52, Corey Buckley and Mike Komorowski with a 10:59, Alex Sharp with an 11:08, Luis Gomez with an 11:08 and Josh Kimball with an 11:09.
Both coaches agreed that the low-key status of the race made for a great all-around day.
“This was more of a fun thing than anything else,” Warrior coach Brian Rippet said. “I hope it’s something we can continue to do.”
“The team had a good time and it gave a lot of kids another chance to run,” he said. “It would be fun to do a home and home thing in the future.”
On the girls side of the action, Viking runner Amber Ramos captured first overall, while the Whittell’s sole female, Christina Arana ran to an impressive fifth overall.
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