Whittell’s Snyder takes first at Nighthawk Mach 5K, five Warriors compete | TahoeDailyTribune.com

Whittell’s Snyder takes first at Nighthawk Mach 5K, five Warriors compete

Anthony Gentile
Whittell's Cole Snyder (back, with bow), pictured during the Viking Relays on Wednesday, Sept. 30, took first at the Nighthawk Mach 5K for his first victory of the season.
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SILVER SPRINGS, Nev. — Whittell cross country runner Cole Snyder isn’t accustomed to leading the pack, but the junior had no problem doing so at the Nighthawk Mach 5K. Snyder won the race held at Silver Stage High on Friday, Oct. 2, by 13 seconds for his first victory of the 2015 season.

“That was a new experience for him to be out in front of the pack — he’s usually in the lead pack, but not right in front. He did well,” Warriors coach Lindsay Wines said.

Snyder completed the race in 16:53 to finish first in the 24-runner field; the flat, downhill course started off campus and ended on Silver Stage’s track. It marked his first victory in two seasons — as a freshman, he won the North Tahoe Kiwanis Invitational.

“The biggest challenge for him was to keep his pace going,” Wines said. “He really wasn’t challenged throughout the whole race. He held a comfortable lead the entire time.”

Samuel Rusk and Jacob Otterstrom also raced for the Warriors in the boys event. Rusk ran a 25:58.88 to finish in 23rd and Otterstrom finished the course in 26:47.12 to place 24th — a 13-minute improvement from the previous week.

On the girls side, junior Marissa Maidman and senior Mary Sanchez raced in the seven-runner field. Maidman led the way by running a 25:04 to place fourth while Sanchez ran a 27:24 to finish sixth.

“I’m pleased to see the continual progress that both Marissa and Mary are making,” Wines said. “There’s a chance that those two girls can qualify for state, they just have to continue to work hard.”

Whittell returned to action Thursday, Oct. 8, in the NVHS Chase Race. The meet held at North Valleys High (Reno, Nev.) included boys and girls 5,000-meter events.

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