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Lady Spartans win Capital Cross Challenge -- Fallini-Haas takes 2nd overall, boys place 3rd
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Lady Spartans win Capital Cross Challenge -- Fallini-Haas takes 2nd overall, boys place 3rd

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SACRAMENTO, California – The Lady Spartans have been running well against large-school competition and continued the trend Saturday at the Capital Cross Challenge, making the Haggin Oaks Golf Complex course their own.

Senior William Fallini-Haas continues to pace the boys, finishing second individually and the Spartans taking third.

“We ran on a pretty fast course, and the elevation (approximately 1,000 feet) helped too. All the kids said they felt like they could breathe better, and it’s easier to run when you can breathe,” said Spring Creek coach Todd Mahlke. “It was humid though, about 91 percent. There were about 5,000 kids in the meet, not in our two races, but overall. The girls winning first and the boys taking third was very good.”

Varsity girls

Spring Creek’s girls bested all comers, finishing atop the heap of the unseeded varsity division with 91 team points.

The Lady Spartans were led by junior Rylie Lusk’s personal record of 19:11.5 for eighth place.

In 12th, little sister and freshman Kendra Lusk also added a personal record and finished in 19:42.4, followed in 13th by a season record of 19:52.5 from senior Larissa Mauer.

Another season record was posted by sophomore Rosemary Little, who crossed in 20:08.8 and ranked 18th.

Senior Alandra Mauer placed 45th with a season-record time of 20:45.7, and junior Mikkala Perchetti continues to improve following an injury and surgery that forced her to miss her entire sophomore season – posting a personal record of 20:47.9 and placing 47th.

Spring Creek’s next two finishers went Emma, Emma.

Freshman Emma Little went for a personal record and placed 58th with a time of 21:01.5, and junior Emma Campbell’s PR of 21:14.5 placed 69th.

Senior Mary Tomera crossed in a season-record time of 21:59.9 for 94th, and senior Taylor DuPea rounded out the Lady Spartans’ roster with a time of 22:07.4 – finishing toward the upper third of the 290-girl field.

Varsity boys

Fallini-Haas not only continued his torrid pace during a remarkable senior season, he’s still improving.

He ran a personal record of 15:26 and placed second overall, leading the Spartans’ third-place finish with 129 team points.

“William ran fast, crazy fast,” said coach Mahlke.

Senior Spencer Thomas crossed second for the Spring Creek boys, placing eighth with a time of 16:25.3 for a personal record.

Junior George Skivington ranked 24th with the Spartans’ third-consecutive PR and finished with a time of 16:58.2, followed in 35th by a season record of 17:14.2 by junior Noah Mahlke.

Junior Logan Allen placed 73rd with a time of 17:59.6 for a personal record.

Sophomore John Hughes closed with a time of 18:13.5 for 88th, followed two places later in 90th by senior Matthew Henning, who finished in 18:15.8 for a personal record.

Freshman Sacody Charley tallied a PR of 18:29.8 for 105th, and senior Terrence Simpson’s 18:43.9 also set a PR and closed out the Spring Creek roster in 120th of the 319-person race.

“We are coming down to the end of the season now. This last month is going to be fast and we have to keep everyone healthy,” coach Mahlke said. “We have to work on our gap times and try to figure which kids will be the best to fill the teams for regionals.”

Just two regular season meets remain for the Spring Creek varsity teams.

The Spartans and Lady Spartans will compete Friday at the Lowry Invitational in Winnemucca, concluding the regular season on Oct. 12 in the Elko Invitational at Ruby View Golf Course.

The Division 3A North regional meet will take place Oct. 27 at Shadow Mountain Park in Sparks, the top three teams in both the boys and girls runs qualifying for the state meet on Nov. 4, competing on the same course in back-to-back weeks.

“Having the meet on the same course two weeks in a row might help the North a little, but I think running the hills on Rancho San Rafael Park would probably be more beneficial for the teams from up here,” said coach Mahlke. “The weather could help though; it should be cooler than the South is used to. We need to make the top three teams in the boys and girls at regionals first. It’s Elko, Truckee and us in the top three in the boys and girls right now but anything can happen. Tahoe and Lowry are getting close also.”

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