Practice, practice, practice |

Practice, practice, practice

Time and practice can do a lot for a team. Take the Tahoe-Truckee High School cross-country team, which had humble beginnings just a month ago when a handful of students faithfully showed up to practice every day.

At the beginning of the season, coach Lynn Harvey hoped, at best, some of her runners would make the all-academic team by the end of the year. But now, as October begins, the team is larger, stronger and faster. Truckee runners are medaling at the races and there is even talk of making it to state.

At Dayton last Friday, the girls ended up with a third-place overall finish, while the boys came away with a sixth.

“We’ve got a bigger team,” said Harvey. “They’re doing speed drills and have improved a great deal. The girls have a shot at third in the division, which would get them to state.”

Bringing the best finishes and most hope for the future to the team is freshman Betsy Van Blarigan, who took fifth in the 3.2 mile in 25:37.

Truckee’s Justyn Cooper was 15th at 28:22, an improvement for Truckee, which had not previously broken the 30th-place barrier this season.

In the boys’ 3.2-mile race, Louis Van Blarigan was 23rd in 22:02, followed by Josh Bennett for Truckee in 23:05.

The next race is tomorrow against Bishop-Manogue at Rancho San Rafael Park in Reno, beginning at 3 p.m.

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