Warriors win cross country meet at Incline
With their top runner too sick to run, the Whittell High Warriors’ prospects of winning a cross country meet at Incline looked slim Tuesday and “Slim” was seen running out of Incline Village.
But that was before the other team members took it upon themselves to run the best races of their young running careers. Behind sophomore Brian Beebe’s third-place finish the Warriors surprised Incline 26-34.
“Everybody stepped up. We had an average improvement of 2 minutes per guy on the same course that they ran two weeks ago,” said Whittell coach Brian Rippet, who was without his top runner Jarret Guajardo. “They are getting used to what it’s like to be in a race, and they are excited to take a team one on one.”
Beebe, who was 1:43 faster than his previous race in Incline Village, finished the rugged 3-mile course in 22 minutes, 22 seconds – only 7 seconds out of second place. The demanding course presented runners with 10 creek crossings and repeated climbs and descents.
Drew Casselberry of Incline clocked the fastest time at 20:51.
Beebe had three teammates right on his heels as freshman Justin Alexander came in fourth in 22:56; Michael Chilton, fifth, 23:45; and Michael Komoroski, sixth, 24:36. Rippet said Komoroski’s sixth-place finish was a key to the win.
“He had a 2-minute improvement over the race two weeks ago, and this is the first race he’s been tough and raced the whole way,” Rippet said.
Parker Fox closed out WHS’s scoring with his eighth-place time of 25:44. Sho Kashima made a 5:25 improvement as he came in 11th in 26:00.
Whittell’s lone female racer, Arlyle Shaw, placed fourth in 27:49.
“She wasn’t too far out from the (third-place) Incline girl, but the encouraging thing about her was she ran 2:31 faster than last time,” Rippet said.
Whittell gets a look at the rest of its regional competition Friday when it travels to Carlin for a 3 p.m. meet.
Vikings overcome Hug
Hug may have caught second-place South Tahoe looking ahead to a Thursday match with unbeaten Carson, but the Vikings responded with a dominant second half for a 3-1 girls soccer victory Tuesday in South Lake Tahoe.
Reggie Braun scored twice and Jen Galea netted one goal and assisted on another as the Vikings improved to 6-2-1 in Northern Nevada League 4A play.
“I don’t think we were quite ready for them and were playing catchup,” said Vikings coach Julia Peyser, whose club fell behind 1-0 in the 27th minute.
“Today was a nice wake-up all, and the girls stepped up and answered the call,” Peyser said. “I was proud of their second half. They dominated the game, and that’s the team I’m looking to see going into Carson.”
Braun’s first goal – a blast from 15 yards out that found the corner of the net – tied the score at 1 in the 33rd minute. Six minutes into the second half, Braun converted a header off of a feed from Courtney Carrell. Galea, who assisted Braun’s first goal, scored from the top of the box in the final minute.
Thursday’s showdown between the Sierra Division’s top two clubs starts at 3:30 p.m. at South Tahoe Middle School.
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