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Cross Country: Small in number, not in spirit

LARA MULLIN, Sierra Sun

The season is drawing to a close for Mark Brady and the Tahoe-Truckee cross country team, yet this small group of hard-working, dedicated athletes is far from resting. Last Friday the team traveled to Yerington for Rite of Passage’s meet without team member Graham Herr. As a result, the Wolverines were unable to receive a team score due to an insufficient number of runners.

Despite this setback, the team performed well individually as senior Brian Beno ran for an impressive finish of 18th place overall with a time of 20.37. Andrew Van Blarigan and Iran Manzano teamed together to finish as the 24th and 25th runners respectively, with a mere tenth of a second between them. David DeSantes rounded out the men’s efforts, coming in 50th place in the pack.

The girls’ varsity team ran to an equally impressive finish as Betsy Van Blarigan continued her superb season with a fourth place performance. Whitney Prosor and Kayla Evans mirrored their male teammates shadowing strategy, finishing in 27th and 28th with solid runs.

ROP’s meet was the second time the Wolverines were plagued by a lack of runners in the last two weeks, as the absence of Brian Beno at Fernley on Oct. 13 also prevented the team from receiving a team score. At Fernley, the team ran well individually against the Vaqueros boasting a seventh place finish by Graham Herr and another fourth place run by Betsy Van Blarigan.

The Wolverines will head into zone meet this weekend at Lowry, ready to deliver what Coach Brady says should be “a good show.”


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