Truckee qualifies 10 for state X-C meet
The Tahoe-Truckee High School girls’ cross-country team qualified for the 3A state meet for the second consecutive year Saturday by placing third at the Division I Zone Meet held in Spring Creek.
The team finished with 79 points, finishing behind Spring Creek (23) and North Tahoe (39). Both of those teams will also participate in in the state meet set for Reed High School Saturday.
Kim Collins led the way for Truckee on Spring Creek’s hilly home course, finishing the 3.2-mile circuit in 27:00. Christina Harvey was the team’s second finisher in 17th place (29:13); other Truckee finishers included Kelly Bush (19th, 31:27), Kristy Davis (20th, 34:18), Kelly Collins (21st, 35:21), Kari Weller (22nd, 37:10) and Jana Bergen (23rd, 37:10).
The boys’ team finished in fourth place at the Zone Meet with 119 points, 61 points behind the third and final Division I qualifier, Spring Creek. North Tahoe won the boys’ race; Rite of Passage was second.
The Wolverines, however, did qualify three boys to the final as individual qualifiers. The three runners qualifying for the meet are Joe Jones (19th, 23:43), Louis Van Blarigan (23rd, 25:19) and Jesse Jones (24th, 25:39).
Also competing for Truckee at the Zone Meet were Tomas Godino (25th, 25:42), Anders Odell (28th, 26:05), Nicolai Travis (29th, 26:13) and Eric Watson (32nd, 30:26)
“The boys’ team had their best race of the season,” said Wolverine coach Lynn Harvey. “They tried very hard and many of them set personal records on a tough course with steep hills.”
Harvey said the girls’ team was hampered by illness in Spring Creek.
“We’ve had the flu and colds going around; I think half of the girls were sick last weekend,” Harvey said. “I’m hoping the whole team will be better by Saturday.”
“Our team is excited for state and we all hope to finish better this weekend than we did at the Division I meet,” Bergen said.
Harvey said she couldn’t predict how the Wolverines would do because she didn’t know the quality of the teams from southern Nevada.
“It’s hard to say, because we haven’t raced the southern schools,” Harvey said.
Collins, who finished fifth at the state meet last season, is one of the Truckee runners who has been battling an illness. But the senior said she’d give it her all during her final meet as a Wolverine.
“I’m aiming for a top-10 finish,” Collins said.
Running notes – The boys’ race begins at 10 a.m. Saturday; the girls start at 10:45.
Saturday’s meet will mark the first time Truckee boys have participated in the state meet since Peter Werbel coached the team in the late 1980s.
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The Truckee girls’ cross-country team raced to a runner-up finish at today’s Class 3A Northern League championships.