Whittell cross country’s Snyder, Sanchez wrap up season at Div. III/IV state championships
RENO, Nev. — A pair of Whittell cross country runners finished off their seasons racing at the highest level last Friday, Nov. 6. In the Div. III/IV State championships at Rancho San Rafael Regional Park, junior Cole Snyder placed seventh and senior Mary Sanchez took 32nd while representing the Warriors as individuals.
Snyder finished seventh in the boys race with a time of 18:26. The time was two minutes off his personal best, bringing a tough end to a strong junior season.
“It wasn’t anything physical; we just can’t put a finger on what it was,” Warriors coach Lindsay Wines said. “He felt confident. It just wasn’t his day.”
White Pine’s Samuel Stewart won the individual state title by running a 17:16 while North Tahoe captured the team championship with a score of 29. Snyder was disappointed after the race, which concluded a season that featured a number of strong results and a victory at the Nighthawk Mach 5K.
“He had a really good year, accomplished a lot and I know he was disappointed in how he performed — but I don’t think he should be,” Wines said. “I think he should be proud of what he’s done and know that he’s going to accomplish more great things.”
Sanchez took 32nd overall in the girls race with a time of 26:44. The senior concluded her career with a second straight state appearance.
“She was pleased to get there and she was satisfied with her race,” Wines said. “Only running for two years and qualifying for state both years — that just shows she’s done well for herself as a distance runner.”
Sierra Lutheran’s Elaina Marchegger won the girls individual title by running a 20:12. North Tahoe’s girls matched their counterparts by capturing the team crown with a score of 29.
Saturday’s race brought and end to the 2015 season for a Whittell team that produced strong performances throughout the campaign despite a lack of numbers. The Warriors began the season with six runners, and each finished the year — including two on the state level.
“I was really pleased with the kids that I had,” Wines said. “They weren’t top star runners, but they are top star kids and I’m very proud of them. I was pleased with what they did this year. They stuck with the program and that says a lot.”