Truckee man wins half marathon at Kokanee Trail Runs
Sun News Service
Lake Tahoe and Carson City runners dominated the 16th annual Kokanee Trail Runs on Sunday at Taylor Creek Snopark.
Caroline Barichievich of South Lake Tahoe won the women’s half marathon in 1 hour, 43 minutes and 21 seconds, enjoying an 8-minute cushion at the finish line.
Half marathoners were required to return into the city limits and then head for the county, making an uphill loop of Tahoe Mountain Road before returning to Taylor Creek.
“It’s not the world’s hardest course, but it’s very challenging ” much more challenging than most road half marathons,” said race director Dave Cotter.
There also wasn’t any need for a photo at the finish of the men’s half marathon. Truckee’s Jamie Adams cruised to a victory with his winning time of 1:27:47.
Barichievich and Adams were also awarded the Road Runners Club of American 2005 Western Region Trail Championship, which includes 11 Western states.
Megan Waskiewicz of South Lake Tahoe won the women’s 10K by 41 seconds with her time of 45:34, while Carson City’s Brett Long was nearly a minute faster than South Tahoe High cross country coach Dominique Westlake in the men’s 10K.
There was some confusion in the men’s 10K as Long took a wrong turn a couple of miles into the race.
“He realized he went off course and came back,” Cotter said. “A lot of people get off course and don’t think twice about it.”
Westlake didn’t dispute the authenticity of Long’s run.
“He was 20 seconds ahead of me after the first couple of miles … he deserved to win,” said Westlake, who was competing for the first time in two years.
Besides, Westlake has no need for another pair of running shoes, which was awarded to each winner.
“I have three or four pairs. He’s a young guy out of college and he needs some extra pair of shoes,” said Westlake, who has known Long since he raced for Hug High School in Reno 12 years ago.
Carson City runners won both the men’s and women’s 5K divisions. Nick Schlager, an eighth-grader at Carson Middle School who has dominated Tah-Neva League cross country racing over the past two years, crossed the finish line in 19:12, winning by nearly 2 minutes.
A sibling rivalry played out in the women’s 5K. The Sosa sisters, Gloria and Ericka Sosa, of Carson City dueled for first place with Gloria winning in 24:27. Ericka was only 22 seconds behind.
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