ELKO – In 2016, Spring Creek senior runner William Fallini-Haas obliterated the course record of the Elko Invitational by 16 seconds with a time of 16:44.
He beat himself by a wide margin Thursday at Ruby View Golf Course.
Fallini-Haas rewrote the record book once again, beating his own course record by 19 seconds.
The time of 16:25 set a new precedent and beat all comers by 37 seconds, aiding the Spartans to a close team victory.
“Will has been incredible. He pushes himself so hard; sometimes I want him to back of the gas a little in training,” said Spring Creek coach Todd Mahlke. “Monday, he ran eight miles in 48 minutes.”
“He’s pretty awesome isn’t he?” said Elko coach Cody Krenka. “It’s a lot of fun to watch that kid run. He is very impressive.”
The Spartans took first place with 41 points, followed closely by Elko’s total of 50 points.
Lowry finished in third place (77), followed by Mountain Home, Idaho (90), West Wendover took fifth with 129 points and Jackpot ranked sixth with 151 points.
For the Indians, junior Alex Klekas finished in second place with a time of 17:02.
Spring Creek senior Spencer Thomas made a late charge for fourth place with a time of 17:29, and junior teammate George Skivington placed seventh in 17:42.
Elko freshman Sean Klekas found himself in a neck-and-neck battle near the finish line, crossing in 18:02.5 for ninth.
Sophomore Duncan Monroe rounded out the top-10 for the Indians, finishing in 18:06.
West Wendover senior Jorge Aguirre ranked 11th with a time of 18:07, followed closely by Jackpot senior Ricardo Miramontes in 12th place with a time of 18:09.
Elko senior Trevor Bruch sprinted past Spring Creek junior Noah Mahlke in the last meters of the run for 13th in a tight battle, Bruch finishing in 18:18.4 and Mahlke taking 14th with a time of 18:18.9.
Spartan junior Logan Allen held off Elko senior Curtis Prescott and extended to 15th with a nice kick for a time of 18:25, Prescott finishing in 18:27 for 16th place.
Indian senior TJ Stevens reverted to his track background in the final charge for the line, sprinting and moving to 17th with a time of 18:32.
Spring Creek pushed the next two runners across the line, senior Matthew Henning placing 19th with a time of 18:47 and freshman Secody Charley following in 20th with an 18:55.
Elko junior Peter Neff took 22nd with a time of 19:01, and Spring Creek senior Terrence Simpson rounded out the top-quarter of the field in 19:02 for 23rd place.
“I thought Alex ran a very good race. We are coming up on the end of the season. We need to get our tail ends in gear,” Krenka said. “Sean and Duncan ran very well. We need to get our 2-3 and 5-6-7 to move up. Right now, it looks like the 5s are very close. It could come down to a couple runners to make a difference.”
“It’s always good to run against Cody’s teams and he puts on a great meet,” Mahlke said. “I think the top teams in the region and the state were here, except for Truckee. I feel the best teams in the 3A could compete in the 4A, and Cody has done that before. Regionals and state are going to be tough. It’s anyone’s meet on any given day. We need everyone to stay healthy and avoid being sick.”
As was the case with the boys, the Spring Creek girls topped the field as a team as well as individually.
The Lady Spartans found a more comfortable team victory with 20 points, opening a 21-point margin over second-place Elko (41 points).
Mountain Home ranked third with 83 points, followed by Wells in fourth place with 109 points.
Spring Creek junior Rylie Lusk avenged a second-place finish from the Lowry Invitational to Lowry’s Rebecca Kuskie.
Lusk won the Elko Invitational with a time of 19:52, Kuskie taking second in 20:03.
Freshman Kendra Lusk ran a solid race for third place, crossing the line in 20:23 for the Lady Spartans.
Elko senior Raini Jonson ranked fourth with a time of 20:40, and Spring Creek sophomore Rosemary Little rounded out the top-five in 20:48.
Spring Creek senior Alandra Mauer followed in sixth place with a time of 20:51, followed by Elko senior Madison Macias’ mark of 21-minutes flat for seventh place.
Lady Indian freshman Xandry de Arrieta made a late charge and finished eighth in 21:01.
Spring Creek freshman Emma Little finished ninth with a time of 21:14, beginning a three-in-a-row streak for the Lady Spartans.
Junior Mikkala Perchetti closed out the top-10 with a time of 21:22, and freshman teammate Emma Campbell took 11th in 21:27.
Senior Ruth Gale led the Wells girls with a 12th-place finish, crossing the line with a time of 21:31.
Elko went back-to-back with freshmen in 13th and 14th, Lulu Neff closing in 21:50 and Breanna Macias finishing in 21:55.
Spring Creek senior Taylor DuPea ranked 17th with a 22:11, narrowly edging Elko senior Chloe Overlie’s time of 21:11.5 for 18th place.
The Lady Spartans tallied three runners in a row for places 19th through 21st.
Senior Mary Tomera clocked a 22:12, freshman Grace Florence followed closely in 22:12.8, beating junior Allyson Burns by the slightest of margins at 22:13 to close out the top-third of the runners.
“Raini and Madison both did very well. It’s good to have that senior leadership,” Krenka said. “Our goal for the girls is still to make it to state. Last year was the first time in 10 years that we didn’t qualify, so we want to change that. We had three freshmen in our top-five and four in our top-seven. I was pleased with all of them. It will be tricky to choose who to run on varsity at regionals.”
Crunch time has arrived.
The Northern Regional Championships will take place Oct. 27 at Shadow Mountain Park in Sparks, the teams and athletes who qualify running on the same the course Nov. 4 during the Nevada State Cross Country Championships.