Whittell boys cross country runs 5th at state, Sanchez places 39th in girls race | TahoeDailyTribune.com

Whittell boys cross country runs 5th at state, Sanchez places 39th in girls race

Anthony Gentile
Whittell sophomore Cole Snyder stays ahead of Silver Stage’s Trevor Martin in the Div. III boys state championship race last Saturday at Sunset Park. Snyder was the Warriors’ top finisher, placing fourth with a time of 18:02.
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LAS VEGAS — The Whittell cross country team ended the 2014 season with a strong finish at the NIAA Div. III state championships last Saturday. The Warriors boys placed fifth overall led by a fourth-place finish from sophomore Cole Snyder, and junior Mary Sanchez finished 39th in the girls race on a warm day at Sunset Park.

“It has been one of my favorite seasons in a long time,” Warriors head coach Lindsey Wines said. “The kids came a long way, they stuck together, and they work as hard as anybody in the school when it comes to practice — they preserved through all that with very little if any recognition among their peers, and I was very proud of them.”

In the boys race, Whittell finished fifth out of six teams with 103 points — the Warriors were four points behind fourth-place finisher West Wendover. North Tahoe won the state championship with 31 points, and Silver Stage senior Brandon Perez won the individual title with a run of 17:49.

For the Warriors, Snyder came in fourth by running an 18:02. The sophomore ran a 5:49 mile pace — he led the race until the closing stretch.

“He had a great year and he ran a pretty good race — it was a pretty good time considering the conditions,” Wines said. “The plan was to go out, get a lead early and try to hold onto it — in the last 10 meters he got passed by three guys. Those guys stayed really close with him and they had a kick at the end — he wasn’t able to hold them off.”

Junior Gabe Rusk was Whittell’s next finisher, placing 25th with a time of 19:58. Rusk set a personal record at the meet.

“He probably had his best race of the year. He ran a great race — I was very pleased with the way he ran,” Wines said.

Freshman Julio Loera came in two spots behind Rusk, running a 20:03. Freshman Nick Petty (34th place, 20:53) and sophomore Sam Berry (40th, 21:49) also earned points for the Warriors — sophomore Scott Harrison (45th, 22:18) and senior Gabe Aguilar (48th, 23:00) rounded out the team’s top seven.

“Of the seven boys that ran, six of them had never competed at the state level before — to go out there and perform at that level for the first time is quite an accomplishment,” Wines said.

In the girls race, Whittell junior Mary Sanchez ran a 26:28 to finish in 39th place. North Tahoe won the girls state title by two points over The Meadows (Las Vegas), led by sophomore Quinn Lehmkuhl’s first-place run of 19:35.

“Mary ran a pretty good race — she should be very proud of what she did this year,” Wines said.

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