Whittell’s Snyder places 2nd at Kiwanis Invitational, four Warriors race at North Tahoe event
TAHOE CITY, Calif. — The Whittell cross country team took four runners to the 41st-annual North Tahoe Kiwanis Invitational, and one of its racers delivered one of the meet’s top performances. Warriors junior Cole Snyder finished second in the race held last Friday, Sept. 11, at North Tahoe High.
“He ran a really good race,” Warriors coach Lindsay Wines said. “It was a good start for him for the season, to have that and do as well as he did.”
Snyder ran a 21:05.18 on the 3.3-mile course, finishing second in a field of 191 runners from throughout Northern California and Northern Nevada. He finished runner-up to North Tahoe senior and Div. III rival Cam Goldstone, who turned in a time of 21:01.38.
“It’ll be fun to watch them throughout the season,” Wines said.
Senior Gabe Rusk also raced for Whittell at the invitational. He placed 119th win a time of 27:15.50.
“He’s been working pretty hard, but he has to continue to work hard if he wants to be one of the qualifiers for state,” Wines said.
On the girls side, senior Mary Sanchez led the way with an 88th-place finish and a time of 33:17.22. Junior Marissa Maidman finished 121st with a time of 37:11.93 while competing in her first event.
“It was her first experience with high school cross country on a big course with a lot of runners,” Wines said of Maidman. “I was pleased with the way she ran.”
Whittell has six runners on this year’s team, with freshmen Jacob Otterstrom and Sam Rusk rounding out the roster. This means the Warriors will have to qualify for state as individuals rather than as a team — Snyder, Rusk and Sanchez each ran at the state meet last season.
“It’s going to be coaching individual runners and not a team, so we’re going to have to work on improving each kid individually,” Wines said. “I have kids that want to be there. They’re coming to practice and they’re working hard.”
Whittell returns to action Saturday, Sept. 19, at the 11th-annual Josh Ruff Memorial Trojan Invitational. The meet held at Willow Hills Reservoir in Folsom, Calif., starts at 9 a.m.