Lincoln cross-country off and running

The Oakmont Invitational
By: Aaron Jackson for The News Messenger
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The Lincoln High School cross-country team had their first meet Aug. 26 at Maidu Park for the Oakmont Invitational 4K meet.

The varsity boys’ team, led by Preston Summerhays, came in 20th out of 24 teams.

Filling out the rest of the boys varsity team were Christopher Pickett, Aydon Torgersen, Nathan Stewart, Bailey Oram, Matt Parrotte, Ty Fleming, Arturo Medina and Joerell Fulmore. All but Pickett set a personal record, Pickett’s time was a season record.

“I thought I ran pretty well and I thought the team as a whole performed well, especially since it is the beginning of the season and some of us aren’t as conditioned as we will be at other points of the season,” said Summerhays. “This got us to see the speeds we can (achieve).”

The varsity girls, led by junior Saedy Williamson’s personal record time finished in 17th place. Following Williamson were Tara Budge, Natalie Jossis, Lexuz Ledezma, Tyler Smith, Millie Hinson and Marin Garrett.

“I think I did pretty well, as I beat some girls in schools that I haven’t beaten before, which is positive,” Williamson said, clocking in at 16:39 over the 4K course, “but I do still need to train more to get more endurance for future meets.”

Sophomore Tyler Nielsen led the frosh/soph boys team including John Hoang, Adrian Barnes, Alex Merydith, Kai Christensen, Parker Summerhays, Wilson Rogers, James Edwards, Spencer Sparks, Ryan Fukui, Marc Kena Aquino and Bryce Alma.

Summerhays’ time of 14:04 in the 4000-meter event was five seconds better than his best time last year. The senior said he needs to log more miles in practice to improve his endurance.

Lincoln head coach Courtney Amalong said she was thrilled with the team’s performance. Detecting some nervousness among her athletes, Amalong told her runners to use their nerves to build excitement and to care about each race.

The coach said using that energy would help her athletes grow and improve.

“Over the next few weeks we are going to be working on plyometrics and we are going to be working on speed to get prepared for our league meets,” said Amalong. “To work on that speed, we are going to be doing longer distance workouts and pacing.”

Friday, the Zebras will run in the rare air of the North Lake Tahoe event. The first Pioneer Valley League meet is Sept. 13 in Colfax.