Whittell cross country team struggles in large field
The Whittell High cross country team faced some tough competition at the Truckee Invitational on Friday afternoon.
The meet featured eight teams (58 runners) on the girls’ side and 11 teams (126 runners) on the boys’ side, with only two 2A schools represented.
“It was a very fast field,” said Warriors coach Lindsay Wines. “Incline was the only other 2A school there with a full team and they beat us. It was an eye-opener because they are a very strong team and we will have to rise up to compete with them.”
On the girls’ side, Incline had four runners in the top 10. The winning time for the girls was 19 minutes, 40 seconds.
For Whittell, Christina Arana finished in 16th place with a time of 22:11, while Cassie VanDeusen was 22nd at 22:36.
“Cassie had her best race of the year,” Wines said.
For the boys, Jeremy Worley was first on the Warriors’ side, finishing in 25th place overall at 18:24.
“I think probably the two biggest surprises for us were Chris Craig in his second race of the year and Brian Hanshew,” Wines said. “Chris finished 37th but was third on the team with a time of 18:47. Brian didn’t break 20 minutes at all last year and he had a time of 19:50. He had a really good race.”
The Whittell cross country team travels to Reed on Wednesday for a 3 p.m. meet, then to North Tahoe on Friday.
“Those are both really big races with a lot of runners,” Wines added.