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Whittell girls’ cross country team places first at Pyramid Lake

Chad Sellmer, Tribune staff writer

Whittell High’s cross country team started off on the right foot over the weekend as the girls took first and the boys second at the Pyramid Lake Invitational on Saturday.

“The weather was dry and hot and the kids did well. Their times were what I was really pleased with,” said cross country coach Lindsay Wines. “We did a (practice) dual meet at South Tahoe High School on Friday. The course Saturday was the same distance. There weren’t as many hills as the South Tahoe course but one girl, Camille Abelow, improved her time by 6 minutes and Emily Esders also improved her time.”

For the girls, Jamie Lowe was the top Whittell finisher with a time of 21 minutes, 11 seconds, good for third-place overall. Also for Whittell, Danielle Daly and Kristen Kline finished fifth and sixth, respectively.

On the boys’ side, the second-place finish was keyed by Danny Mitchell’s sixth-place performance and Jeremy Worley, who came in seventh, just two-tenths of a second behind his teammate.

“We finished 10 points behind Independence, which is a team we know we have to compete with throughout the season,” Wines noted. “We did have some boys improve by as much as 5 minutes from the day before.”

Wines said she saw some good signs in the team’s first regular-season meet.

“I think both teams will be very competitive this year,” she said. “This weekend was a good foundation to know where we need to improve. We are not in as good a shape as we can be and we just have to work harder each week until the zone meet the first week of November. We do have room for improvement.”

The team will compete at Truckee on Friday, beginning at approximately 3 p.m.

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