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Wolverine Cross-Country makes high marks

Matt Riddle

Boy’s cross country takes state

The Truckee High Boys cross country team won their very first state title in Boulder City on Saturday amid strong winds, blowing sand, ponds, a golf course, gravel, desert and a sidewalk.

Andrew Van Blarigan had a photo finish for second place over Lowry’s Lupe Cabada, beating him by 3/10s of a second to help Truckee edge out Lowry by just one point, 44-45 at Veteran’s memorial Park.

Normally, Victor Diaz is the fifth man, but John Harrigan had a strong day, finishing fifth while many of the other competitors were keying on Diaz.

“John came in and I thought, ‘wait a minute, John had the race of his life,'” coach Mark Brady said. “I didn’t even know John had finished.”

Harrigan came in almost unnoticed by the other teams. Lowry runners thought Diaz finished fifth and were celebrating a state championship repeat, but, once the scores were posted with Diaz as Truckee’s sixth man and Harrigan as the fifth, Truckee stole the thunder.

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“It was a day of real ups and downs,” Brady said. “The course really favored Lowry because it was flat. (Lowry runners) were definitely shooting for us after Northern championship.”

Girl’s Cross-Country shows strength

The girls finished strong in two categories: they took fourth in state with 89 points and they also won the academic title for 3A cross-country girls teams.

“I thought our girls ran really well,” Brady said. “Kayla Evans had the best race of the year. We were trying to get her to use her stride more.”

She did. She finished 12 at 23:02.9, shaving more than a minute off of her 24:08 time at the Northern regionals.

The fourth place finish could have been a second place, but injuries hampered the runners. Jenny Van Blarigan with a hurt knee, finished 31 at 27:27.9.

“They had a legitimate shot at second, but her score was too high,” Brady said.

But Brady’s healthy runners held on.

“Whitney (Prosor) held her spot. She ran really well,” Brady said. “Kate (Sorokina) didn’t have a good start, but she caught up.”

Prosor finished 16th at 24:18.7 and Sorokina finished right behind her in 17th at 24:39.9.

The boys side was dominated by the north, with Truckee taking first, Lowry taking second, North Tahoe taking third and Spring Creek taking fourth. The highest finish by a runner from the south was 12th by Boulder City’s Chase Jones.

The win for the boys comes bittersweet. The Wolverines have never won a state title in cross-country. The team has been through a lot, especially the past couple of years.

“(Van Blarigan and Matt Gelso) have been four-year runners for us. They’ve been through the highs and lows,” Brady said. “This year, they finally went to state.”

And took the title home.