Runaway success for harriers at 3A meet
Coaches don’t normally run at cross country meets.
But when Tahoe-Truckee High School cross country coach Lynn Harvey saw how well the Wolverine girls team had run during the state meet Saturday at Reed High School in Reno, she couldn’t help but sprint around the finishing area.
“Coach Harvey was running all around, she was so excited,” said senior Kelly Bush.
When the points were tallied, the Wolverines discovered they had placed third in the state with 106 points – a remarkable achievement for a team in only its second season of existence and appearing for the first time as a team at the state meet. Spring Creek won the title with 46 points while North Tahoe finished second with 83 points.
“The whole team was excited because we didn’t expect such an impressive finish,” said senior Christina Harvey.
Taking the No. 3 seed from Division I into the race, Coach Harvey told the Truckee runners before the race that a good goal for the team was to finish ahead of Dayton in the standings, as the Wolverines had been just slightly behind the Dust Devils throughout the season.
When the final standings were read, Truckee defeated Dayton by four points and Incline, a team the Wolverines failed to beat during the regular season, by 19 points.
“The whole team pulled together and had its best performance of the season at the state meet,” Harvey said. “I was very proud of them because each of them established a new personal record at state.”
Kim Collins was Truckee’s leading individual, finishing the 5,000-meter (3.1-mile) course in 22:24. Christina Harvey and Kristy Davis also cracked the top-20, with Harvey placing 12th (22:40) and Davis placing 17th (23:08).
“I probably started out too fast,” said Collins, who finished fifth in the 1996 final. “But Christina ran with me until about the two-mile point; that was motivational having her with me.”
“I was feeling much better than I did at the Division race,” Harvey said. “I was so psyched for this race; I didn’t expect to be right behind Kim.”
Collins said she wasn’t assured of a top-10 finish until the final meters of the race.
“The end of the race was exciting,” Collins said. “Two girls were trying to pass me, so I ran as hard as I could so they couldn’t get by.”
The fourth and fifth scorers for the Wolverines were Bush in 36th (25:12) and Jana Bergen in 41st (27:32). Also competing in the championship for the Wolverines were Kelly Collins (49th, 27:32) and Kari Weller (52nd, 28:58).
Spring Creek runners Julia Garcia (21:12) and Jennifer Barrett (21:13) went 1-2 to lead the Spartans to the team title.
The three Wolverine boys competing as individuals in the championship also turned in their best performances of the season. Joe Jones was 31st in 19:55, Louis Van Blarigan was 42nd in 20:44 and Jesse Jones was 50th in 21:50.
“The boys raced well; each of them had their best times of the season, with Joe and Louis taking over one minute off their previous personal record,” Harvey said. “They were definitely up for this race.”
Tony Fleming of Spring Creek defeated G.O. Parsons of North Tahoe by 11 seconds to claim the boys’ individual title. North Tahoe, however, had more than enough depth to win its seventh consecutive state title by 14 points over Rite of Passage.
State academic champs
The Wolverine cross country teams swept the NIAA State Academic Champion awards. The girls’ team finished with a 3.9 team grade point average while the boys finished with a 3.6 GPA. The girls’ average was the highest of any team in any division.
Named to the state cross country all-academic team (earned by maintaining a 4.0 GPA while competing in cross country) were Tomas Godino, Jesse Jones, Kim Collins, Kelly Collins, Christina Harvey, Weller and Bush.
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