Cross Country: Falcons claim state titles
Nathanael Williams and Becky Grabow both breezed to individual state titles at the NIAA 2A State Cross Country Championships on Saturday at Rancho San Rafael Park in Reno, and the Falcons also won the boys’ championship.
Williams, as he has done most of the season, ran virtually unopposed. He ran a 16:43, which tied him with ex-Reno star Brandon Nied for the 12th-best time in state history at Rancho San Rafael.
His time was a mere three seconds slower than last week in tough conditions. He did avenge last year’s second-place finish.
He also posted the second best time of the day overall, as 4A champ Nick Hartle from Centennial ran a 16:41.
“It was windier,” Williams said. “It would be neat to run with them (the 4A guys). It’s a lot different when you have somebody right with you.
“I get used to running alone. In practice that’s the way it is I have to run by myself at practice.”
Williams was excited that the team was able to win the championship, as the Falcons had 44 points compared to 61 for Sage Ridge.
Donovan Harrison was fifth (18:23), Luke Barulich was eighth (18:42), John McRae was 12th (19:03), Jonny Harms was 20th (19:45) and Wyatt Hicks was 22nd (19:49), wiping out the disappointment of last year’s second-place finish.
Grabow lost to Incline’s Katie Cochran by 19 seconds last week, but she turned the table on Cochran on Saturday, winning by 14 seconds (20:18 to 20:32). Sierra Lutheran’s Erin Henry was eighth in 22:24. Virginia City’s Tobi Steele was 19th in 23:59.
“I was too lackadaisical last week,” Grabow said. “Katie won the regional championship and I had to step up and do my work. I took it more seriously.”
The Falcon girls finished fourth as a team.