Nicholas held off hard-charging Massimiliano Swenson of Bishop Gorman to become Desert Oasis’ first region cross country champion. The Diamondbacks also won the boys region team title, another first in school history.
Conner Nicholas picked up his fourth victory in an invitational meet this season by capturing the large-school race of the Lake Mead Invitational on Saturday at Veteran’s Memorial Park.
Arbor View’s Keith Williams led at the front of a pack of five runners early. Eventually, he managed to hold off PahrumpValley’s Bryce Odegard and Centennial’s Alexander Miller in the final quarter mile, putting in a good finishing kick to cross the line in 16 minutes and 13 seconds.
Centennial junior Alexis Gourrier won the Sunset regional cross country championship and helped the Bulldogs to the team title.
Green Valley senior Omar Rubio won the Sunrise regional cross country meet as the Gators coasted to the team championship.
Centennial’s Alexis Gourrier, who finished the 3.1-mile race in 17 minutes, 34.7 seconds, has finished first at the Las Vegas Invitational in each of her three years of high school.
Centennial junior Karina Haymore won just two cross country meets all season.
Fortunately for Haymore, the second win came in the biggest race of the year.
Green Valley’s Austin Rogers has been aiming all season long to run a 3.1-mile course in less than 16 minutes. The senior finally got his wish Saturday morning in a tune-up for the postseason.
Pahrump Valley’s Bryce Odegard recorded the day’s fastest time en route to winning the boys sophomore race of the Bud O’Dea Frosh-Soph Finals at Palo Verde on Tuesday.
The Centennial girls cross country team is a dominant force.