Whittell cross country sets multiple PRs at Lowry Invitational
WINNEMUCCA, Nev. — The Whittell cross country team took advantage of a flat, fast course last Friday to produce some of its best times of the season. The Warriors finished seventh out of eight teams at the 19th annual Lowry Invitational — but delivered five personal records on the 3.1-mile course at Winnemucca Golf Course.
“I think a lot of it had to do with the terrain of the course,” Warriors head coach Lindsay Wines said. “But these kids were on a bus for five hours, got off the bus, ran and got back on the bus for five hours — it was a long morning for them to begin with.”
In the varsity boys race, Whittell sophomore Cole Snyder came in third place with a run of 18:06. Snyder’s PR featured a mile split time increase of more than 10 seconds from the previous week.
“Cole ran as good a race as I’ve seen him run. He looked great and ran a good, smart race — a lot kids got out quickly and at first he was six or seven deep,” Wines said. “He worked his way back through and held off a kid from Spring Creek at the end.”
Freshman Julio Loera turned in a PR of 19:46 while racing to a 29th-place finish. Sophomore Sam Berry also ran a PR, finishing 55th with a time of 23:09 — junior Gabe Rusk (45th, 21:17) and freshman Nick Petty (49th, 21:48) each completed the course in less than 22 minutes.
Sophomore Scott Harrison (56th, 23:10), senior Gabe Aguilar (58th, 23:47), freshman Andrew Carlisle (59th, 23:54) and senior Rudy Mata (61st, 25:08) rounded out Whittell’s contingent Saturday. The Warriors finished second to North Tahoe at the invitational among schools in its division.
In the varsity girls race, senior Melissa Petty led the way with a 25:36 to finish 34th overall. Petty’s PR included a gain of nearly 45 seconds on her previous-best mile split.
Two other Warriors competed in the girls race. Junior Mary Sanchez placed 43rd with a run of 27:53 and senior Aisha Ceron took 48th by running a 30:46.
Whittell returns to action Saturday at the Bella Vista Bronco Invitational held at Willow Hills Reservoir Course in Folsom, Calif. The Warriors will travel to Folsom without two of their top three runners on the boys side — Loera and Petty.
“I’m hoping that the kids get out there and have a good race — the competition is going to be very good, and it will be interesting to see what some of our kids do against this kind of competition,” Wines said. “A lot of the schools in our league are going to be there — it will be fun to see how we match up against them.”