Harriers place in top 10 at state | SierraSun.com

Harriers place in top 10 at state

Unable to attend the state cross country meet as a team, the Truckee Wolverines sent six individual runners to represent its small, yet dynamic group of runners.

Competing against the best runners in the state, Graham Herr delivered one of his best runs of the season, finishing tenth overall with a time of 18 minutes and 23.5 seconds- two minutes off the lead runner and state champion Bret Ferrier from Lowry.

Betsy Van Blarigan culminated her performances this season with a fourth place overall finish, crossing the line in 20:47.3, a mere 40 seconds off the lead female runner from Lowry. Van Blarigan was vying for second and third place throughout the length of the course, and solidly ran what Brady dubbed “her own race,” in finishing one position ahead of defending state champion Heather Sandeman of North Tahoe.

In the women’s pack, Lowry placed six runners among the top 10 state finishers and won the overall state title by a huge margin over second place finisher Boulder City. In the men’s team results, Boulder City clinched first place overall, with the North Tahoe Lakers finishing a close second.

Truckee coach Mark Brady was immensely proud of the team’s accomplishments as well as the individual efforts of Herr and Van Blarigan. A young team, the Wolverine runners will only lose one team member at the close of the year, and according to Brady “are heavily recruiting new runners from the middle school as well as the Nordic skiing and track programs.”

Both Herr and Van Blarigan will return next year as seniors and promise to be contenders in 3A competition. The team will continue to train together as it prepares to run more races in Reno and Southern California throughout the next few months. In addition, Brady will begin practice with the team in the summer to get extra training before the fall 2001 season begins.

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