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Truckee runners get set

BAY KELLEY, Sierra Sun

Finalizing 1999’s fall season previews, appropriately, is the Tahoe-Truckee High School cross country team.

“Appropriately” because the team is the late bloomer of Truckee teams.

New coach

Lynn Harvey, last year’s coach, was unable to continue coaching this season. As a result, Mark Brady, who’s very enthusiastic about the position, took the reins.

“I wanted to do it [coach the team],” said Brady, “But I thought [the position] was already taken.”

Brady was contacted at the beginning of the season and was met with a lot of recruiting and not a whole lot of time. Furthermore, the team got a late start on conditioning.

With only a week to prepare, the new coach and his team of approximately 15 members faced its first meet of the season on Friday, Sept. 10.

The team participated in the Reed Invitational that included about 160-70 kids from schools all over Northern Nevada.

The team’s highest finishers were Betsy Van Blarigan and Iran Manzano. Van Blarigan finished 23rd.

“We’re making a big push,” said Brady. “We’re really going to work hard this week to catch up on our conditioning.”

The team

At the core of the team is the Van Blarigan family.

Running laps in practice on Monday with Betsy were Lewis and Andrew Van Blarigan. Tagging behind was the father, Mark Van Blarigan.

As Mark Brady timed his team doing laps around the soccer field, he asked the players what he should say about them, at which point father Van Blarigan joked the all encompassing “They’ve got potential.”

Betsy is a sophomore and finished last season ranked in the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association. According to Brady, Betsy has a great attitude and works really hard. She apparently runs with her brothers and is also a nordic skier.

Betsy, Chrissy Working and Caitlin Oates are currently the only girls on the team.

Lewis Van Blarigan, the self proclaimed “admiral” to fellow senior Brian Beno’s “captain,” is a team leader. Lewis, with uncanny amounts of energy, is expected by Brady to be one of the front runners.

Brady sees Beno as being very competitive as well.

The youngest of the Van Blarigan posse is Andrew.

Andrew, along with Richard Home and Iron Manzano, represents a secondary core about which Brady is very excited.

“They are three freshmen on which we can build a team,” Brady said. “They have lots of potential. We’ll build around them in the future.”

As Brady watched the team run laps, he also cited sophomore, Graham Herr, saying “I’m also looking for him to be good.”

The schedule

Due to the late start, the cross country team will not be hosting any meets. Instead they will commit several of the upcoming Fridays to traveling and running.

Their next meet is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 17, at North Tahoe.


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