Warriors, Vikings run up all-state, region honors
By Steve Yingling
Tribune sports editor
If you want to make the all-region or all-state teams in cross country running, you better not have an off race in the big meets.
The teams are selected on where runners place in the regional and state meets.
As a result, South Tahoe High, which won the girls’ state title and was third in the boys’ meet, placed seven runners on the all-state teams.
Whittell, which won its second state girls’ championship in three years and finished runner-up in the boys’ meet, also put seven runners on the all-state teams.
South Tahoe seniors Alex Sharp and Bryan Kurek made the 15-member all-state team, while the 18th-ranked girls’ team placed five runners on the squad: Kimmy Arroues, Kelsey McClurg, Kate Lamdin, Jordan Dalton and Megan Hillyard.
“They deserve anything they get,” said STHS girls’ coach Dan Wilvers. “The truth is they should look at what the numbers were all year. It’s the only sport where the all-region team is based on one race.”
Whittell’s all-state runners included Christina Arana, Danielle Daly and Kristen Kline, who were members of the 2002 state titlists as well.
“The state meet was a great day for those kids with seven making all-state and winning academic and state championships,” said Whittell coach Lindsay Wines.
On the boys’ side, Jeremy Worley, Tyson Guajardo, Chris Craig and Willis Hughes achieved all-state status.
“We have five scoring runners and four of them were all-state,” Wines said.
Reno dominated the Northern Nevada 4A regional race, putting three of its runners on the all-region first team. Arroues, who finished fifth, and sixth-place Lambdin were the only Vikings on the first team.
Dalton and McClurg were second-team members. McClurg was one of the state’s top runners all season but suffered from an asthma attack during regionals and finished 10th.
“She’s the No. 3 girl in the league,” Wilvers said, “Kelsey, Kimmy Kate, Jordan and Megan consistently finished in the top 10 all year long and pretty much in that order, too.”
Kurek ran one of his best races of the season at regionals to finish fourth and was rewarded with a first-team slot. Sharp earned a second-team spot with a 10th-place finish.
“Earlier in the season Bryan had the capability of being there. As the season went on, he realized that he had the talent to run with top guys in the league,” said STHS boys’ coach Dominique Westlake.
Westlake hopes that both Kurek and Sharp will continue to run in college.
“Both are great guys and I’ve enjoyed working with both of them the last four years,” Westlake said. “Both could pursue running in college and they’d be very successful.”
Whittell had six runners on the all-region teams: Arana, Daly, Kline, Worley, Guajardo and Craig.
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