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Cross Country: A team of dedicated, talented runners

Staff reports

CROSS COUNTRY

Boys

Graham Herr

Andrew Van Blarigan

Brian Beno

Iran Manzano

Coach: Mark Brady

Girls

Betsy Van Blarigan

Kayla Evans

Whitney Prosor

Asst. coach: Peter Van Blarigan

Although the number of runners for the Wolverines’ team continues to fluctuate, the base ingredients – a core of dedicated and talented runners, a hard-working coach and a determination to train – remains unwavering.

Under second year head coach Mark Brady, the Tahoe-Truckee cross country team is a unit of intrepid runners, unshaken by opponents that hail from larger schools or bigger teams. While both boys and girls squads are scrambling at the moment to complete teams (in order for the teams to qualify for state, they must have at least five runners apiece for boys and girls), they have proven that with a little more depth and some time to improve over the course of the season, the Wolverines can be a contender.

In the team’s first race of the season, the Reed Invitational in Reno that attracts a mixed bag of 4A and 3A schools, Betsy Van Blarigan was the top finisher for the small schools, taking fourth place and beating defending state champion Heather Sandeman of North Tahoe High School, who took sixth overall. Van Blarigan was pleasantly surprised by her outcome in the Reed Invitational, saying she did not expect to do as well as she did.

Heading up the boys team this season are Graham Herr, Van Blarigan’s brother Andrew and Iran Manzano who was the team’s top runner and a consistent top-10 finisher last season. Also out is Brian Beno, a senior returning from last year’s team. With the slim numbers, Brady is making certain that his athletes get plenty of coaching and attention. Even if Brady’s attempts to recruit runners are not as fruitful as he’d like, his core group of runners can compete strongly on an individual basis.

If Betsy Van Blarigan’s first race of the season is any indication of things to come, she may give Sandeman a serious test in trying to protect her state title. While it is very early in the season and what matters most is the state meet, the competition should be interesting.

Reed invitational

Cross Country Meet

Sept. 9 at Reno

Tahoe-Truckee Finishers

45. Andrew Van Blarigan TTHS 20:34

47. Graham Herr TTHS 20:37

77. Iran Manzano TTHS 21:40

98. Brian Beno TTHS 22:47

Varsity Girls Top 10 Finishers

1. Karen DeMartini Reno 21:15

2. Abigail Parker Galena 21:36

3. Cassia Roth Carson 22:09

4. Betsy Van Blarigan TTHS 22:17

5. Karen Brigman McQueen 22:18

6. Heather Sandeman NTHS 22:26

7. Sara Shaw Carson 22:27

8. Marin St. Micheal S. Tahoe 22:40

9. Taryn Mendive Douglas 22:44

10. Michelle Glenn Reno 22:52

Tahoe-Truckee Finishers

35. Rory Bosio TTHS 25:16

65. Whitney Prosor TTHS 27:46

76. Kayla Evans TTHS 19:16

9/15 North Tahoe 2 p.m.

9/22 Dayton 3 p.m.

9/29 Spring Creek 3 p.m.

10/6 Fernley, 2 p.m.

10/13 Lowry 2 p.m.

10/20 ROP 2 p.m.

10/27 3A League Boys and Girls Cross Country

at Lowry

11/4 State Cross Country Southern Nevada

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