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Harriers rebuilding in ’98

JAMES BALL

The Tahoe-Truckee High School cross country team is small and there is a lot to work on; things like honing speed and increasing endurance, but head coach Lynn Harvey sees a lot of potential within the team’s ranks.

Having finished third at state in the girls’ division last year, the team lost four girls and four boys to graduation.

In particular, Christina Harvey, headed to Stanford, and Kim Collins will be sorely missed on a young, inexperienced team lacking in depth. As well, there is a huge spot left by twins Joe and Jesse Jones.

Younger team

“They are definitely younger and we don’t have many returners,” Harvey said.

In fact, only two girls and one boy return this year. Of them, only Louis Van Blarigan was a state performer.

“We definitely have a lot of learning to do.”

Further hampering the season’s start is the cancellation of Truckee’s participation in the upcoming Douglas meet, due to runners missing practice for vacation.

The schedule

The team will mostly participate in invitationals in the area, with the longest distance they will travel being set for the Spring Creek meet later on.

Within the division, Truckee can expect stiff and experienced competition from the North Tahoe team, particularly on the boys’ side.

“North Tahoe is usually tough. They get 60 kids to come out, so they have a lot to choose from.”

The girls will have to get past Spring Creek, which has won the division the past two years.

“I have no idea what to expect this year,” Harvey said. “Our speed is not very fast at the moment.”

Harvey said the runners who have never run endurance need to increase their ability to hold up for longer periods, while the experienced runners will work on their speed.

“We are working together to pull everything up, trying to get them to push together.”

But the first day of school brought hope to the team.

Originally consisting of around five members, the team blossomed to 11 Monday.

Harvey said she now has six girls and five boys.

“It will be tough this year,” Harvey said. “Some of these kids have never run track or cross country, but I respect them for accepting the challenge.”

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