Scheetz goes it alone |

Scheetz goes it alone

by Chuck Smock

There’s good news and bad news for Jayson Scheetz as he prepares to run in Saturday’s state cross country meet at Indian Springs High School near Las Vegas.

The good news is the Douglas High senior will get a chance to test himself against the best runners in the state. The bad news is he’ll have to do it without the help of his teammates on race day.

Scheetz finished seventh overall at the zone meet Thursday at Rancho San Rafael County Park in Reno to qualify as an individual to run at state.

“I feel sorry that my team didn’t qualify,” Scheetz said. “I wish they could be there.”

Even so, the bad news might not be all that bad, according to coach Ellen Lucas.

“The competition will be tough, but I think the big thing for Jayson was making state,” she said. “The pressure is off. He can go down there and run a good, hard race without any pressure. He does well in those situations.”

Which he proved Saturday by winning the two-mile race at the Nevada Day Classic in Carson City with a personal-best time of 10 minutes, 58 seconds at that distance. Scheetz’s Douglas teammate Jared Petersen was third in the same race.

Lucas and the DHS girls’ varsity squad, which ran the Indian Springs course earlier this season, have been helping Scheetz prepare for the state race.

“My goal is to finish in the top 20 and beat my best three-mile time (17:34),” Scheetz said. “I’m going to try to maintain a fast mile pace up the hill at the start of the race and try to stay with the lead runners. I’m going to try my hardest.”

And he’s coming off an inspired performance at the zone meet.

“That was a very, very good race for Jayson,” Lucas said. “I think it was his best race of the season. He knew when to push it and when to back off. He ran by people on the uphills like they were standing still.”

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