WINNEMUCCA – With the end of the cross country season in sight, the Spring Creek boys and girls are making serious pushes for the finish line.
The Spartans and Lady Spartans each captured first place in their respective runs in the varsity and junior varsity divisions Friday during the Lowry Invitational in Winnemucca.
Elko took second place in all four races.
Spring Creek is on a major charge toward avenging a one-point loss to Truckee during the 2016 state meet at Craig Ranch Park in Las Vegas, winning Friday’s meet in Lowry with a team score of 19 points.
Elko ranked second with 40 points.
Individually, first place was snagged by Lowry junior Rebecca Kuskie, who notched a personal record with a time of 20:02.
Spring Creek junior Rylie Lusk followed in second place with a time of 20:08. Freshman and little sister Kendra Lusk continues to challenge the front end and ranked third in 20:26.
Elko senior Raini Jonson led the Lady Indians with a fourth-place finish with a time of 20:30, and senior Larissa Mauer rounded out the top-five for the Lady Spartans with a time of 20:40.
She was followed by Spring Creek sophomore Rosemary Little, who finished in 20:46 and placed sixth overall, giving the Lady Spartans four runners in the top-six.
Senior Madison Macias clocked a season record of 21:02 for the Lady Indians, finishing eighth.
Spring Creek senior Alandra Mauer placed ninth with a time of 21:07, and Elko freshman Xandry de Arrieta ran a personal-best 21:10 to round out the top-10.
Lady Spartan freshman Emma Little ranked 11th in 21:21, and junior teammate Mikkala Perchetti crossed in 21:54 for 14th place.
For the Lady Leopards, Wells senior Ruth Gale took 15th with a time of 21:56.
Elko occupied the next three spots: senior Chloe Overlie (15th, 22:08), senior Genevieve Peterson (16th, season-record 22:25) and freshman Breanna Macias (17th, personal-record 22:31).
Wells senior Liberty Johnson also tallied a PR and placed 19th with a time of 22:38, and Elko junior Makayla Chacon rounded out the top-20 in 23:17.
Spring Creek’s margin of victory was a closer affair in the varsity boys race, holding off Elko by five points, 34-39.
Spartan senior William Fallini-Haas extended his reign of supremacy in the 3A North scene and shows no sign of letting up, winning the event with a time of 16:16, besting second-place Jared Marchegger’s (Sierra Lutheran) season-record time of 16:36 by 20 seconds.
Elko junior Alex Klekas finished third with a time of 16:53, followed in fourth by Spring Creek senior Spencer Thomas’ 16:55 in a tight battle.
Spring Creek junior George Skivington crossed in 17:22 for sixth, and West Wendover senior Jorge Aguirre posted a season-record 17:47 for eighth place.
Elko went ninth-tenth with the runs of freshman Sean Klekas (17:49) and sophomore Duncan Monroe (17:59).
Spring Creek junior Logan Allen took 12th with an 18:11, followed in 13th by Elko senior Curtis Prescott’s 18:16, and West Wendover senior Daegan Wilcox ran a personal-best 18:21 for 14th.
Elko senior Trevor Bruch’s season record of 18:23 rounded out the top-15.
For the Wolverines, senior Joel Rodriguez clocked a season-best 18:36 for 18th.
Spartan sophomore John Hughes closed out the top-20 with a time of 18:39.
Junior varsity boys
The Spartans took care of business by a more comfortable margin in the junior varsity boys run, claiming first with a team total of 27 points.
Elko ranked second with 53 points, followed in third by Lowry (65), and the Leopards of Wells took fourth with a team score of 89 points.
Freshman Jimmy Murphy placed second for the Indians with a time of 19:14.
Spring Creek notched the next three finishers: senior Terrence Simpson (third, 19:16), freshman Wyatt Armstrong (fourth, 19:17) and junior Clay Campbell (fifth, 19:35).
Elko senior Nathan Loze ran a personal-record 19:41 for sixth place, followed by a PR of 20:04 from West Wendover sophomore Zach Smith for seventh.
Spring Creek freshmen crossed in eighth and ninth, Harrison Walund finishing in 20:05 and Jess Marin closing in 20:16 for a personal record.
West Wendover freshman Omar Rodriguez set a personal record in 20:21, rounding out the top-10, narrowly edging the PR of 20:21 by Spring Creek freshman Tyler Ley.
Senior Spencer Wines placed 12th for the Spartans with a PR of 20:31.
Owyhee freshman Antonio Ovando crossed in 14th in a personal-best 20:37, Wells sophomore Matthew James followed with a time of 20:38 for 15th, and Elko junior Michael Iguban set a season record in 20:54 for 16th place.
The Braves sent the next two runners across the line, sophomore Lance Owyhee placing 17th with a personal record of 20:57 and sophomore Clayton Cota ranking 18th with a time of 21:01 for a personal record.
Wells sophomore Brent Battenfeld took 19th with a PR of 21:23, and Elko senior Alex Carbajal set a PR of 21:28 and rounded out the top-20.
Junior varsity girls
The Lady Spartans won the junior varsity girls division with a team score of 18 points, followed by Elko’s total of 38 points.
Wells finished third with a score of 75 points.
Spring Creek claimed the top three spots, led by the first-place run of freshman Emma Campbell, who crossed with a time of 22:19.
Junior Allyson Burns took second with a season-best 22:21, and senior Taylor DuPea followed in third with a time of 22:27.
Elko freshman Abigail Prickett ranked fourth and finished in 22:33, followed in fifth by Spring Creek senior Mary Tomera’s time of 22:41.
Freshman Lulu Neff set a personal record of 22:58 for sixth place for the Lady Indians, and a personal record of 23:20 by freshman Grace Florence ranked seventh for the Lady Spartans.
Elko sophomore Rachel Toney’s PR of 23:29 placed eighth, Wells sophomore Vanessa Solis tallying a personal best of 23:53 for ninth.
Junior Mariela Avila’s time of 24:06 rounded out the top-10 for the Lady Indians.
Another personal record of 24:41 by Elko freshman Briana Cortez placed 13th.
Wells senior Camberlin Uhlig placed 14th with a time of 24:52.
The Lady Spartans sent a quartet of runners across the line in succession for places 15th through 18th.
Junior Katelyn Anderson set a season record in 25-minutes flat, freshman Jaden Pool notched a personal best of 25:01, senior Kiara Tingey crossed in 25:38 and senior Sierra Faust tallied a PR of 25:44.
Elko rounded out the top-20, junior Olivia Rice setting a season best of 25:56 and freshman Karen Salazar closing in 26-minutes flat.
For the runners, the end of the year has arrived – taking part in their final regular-season meet at 4 p.m. Thursday in the Elko Invitational at Ruby View Golf Course.
Junior varsity runners will conclude their season after the Elko Invitational in the Northeastern Nevada JV Championship on Oct. 19 in Spring Creek.
The varsity postseason will kick off at the Northern Regional Championships on Friday, Oct. 27 at Shadow Mountain Park in Sparks, which will also be the host site of the Nevada State Cross Country Championships on Saturday, Nov. 4.
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