Wilvers breathes easy, finishes ninth in state
Hudson Wilvers’ annoying asthma and allergies took the air out of his senior season, but they took a much-needed break for the South Tahoe High senior’s biggest and final cross country meet.
Wilvers ran a career-best ninth in the Nevada 4A state meet to lead the Vikings’ boys to a fourth-place finish Saturday in Boulder City.
“I wasn’t having any problems,” said Wilvers, who picked off a few runners during the final mile of the 5K race to break into the top 10 with his time of 17 minutes, 18.6 seconds.
The only air giving Wilvers trouble Saturday also frustrated the other competitors. Strong winds added strategy to the race and likely cost Northern Nevada’s top runner Jonathan Cardenas of Reno the individual title.
Cardenas led most of the race, with his top pursues drafting in the calmer air behind him. The Reno rocket faded to a fourth-place finish as Patrick Swick of Chaparral posted the best time (16:22.8).
Wilvers tried to use the wind to his advantage as much as possible.
“It was probably the strongest I’ve ever raced in and at times it almost pushed you back,” he said. “I tried to stay behind one person, but sometimes there would be nobody there between me and the next guy.”
Three other Vikings placed in the top 30 in the 77-runner field. Bryan Kurek finished 17th among runners from complete teams and 19th overall with the second-best Viking time of 17:46.0.
“Bryan ran great today. He picked off a lot of runners who beat him last week,” said STHS coach Dominique Westlake.
Senior Chris Cosmi, who finished a career-best sixth at zone last week, came in 24th overall at 17:59.8, last-minute replacement Alex Sharp was 28th at 18:03.7 and senior Sean Pawling was 48th at 18:35.0. A sore knee scratched Kyle Sullivan, allowing Sharp to show that he was ready to run.
Tyler Rieger and Steven Grant were 55th and 59th, respectively for the Vikings. Their scoring positions, however, were 41st and 45th.
“Everybody ran the best they could, so we have to be happy,” Wilvers said.
Reno swept the boys’ and girls’ titles. The Reno boys’ had three runners finish in the top 7, while Collier Lawrence led the Huskies’ girls to the championship by winning the 5K in 18:23.4.
STHS sophomore Anna Lambdin came in 42nd at 21:44, which would have put her second in the 1A-2A race and fifth in the 3A class.
“She ran very, very well. It was awesome to see,” Westlake said.
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