Las Vegas Track Club names male, female runners of the year

Editor’s note: Kate Vanderstelt was not selected as Runner of the Year as previously reported, but did receive the highest scholarship available by the Las Vegas Track Club.

Kate Vanderstelt joined the Las Vegas Track Club as an elementary school student.

On Saturday, after years of membership, Vanderstelt was honored as the club’s female High School Runner of the Year.

For that honor, the Palo Verde graduate received a $2,500 scholarship.

Vanderstelt and Chase Wood, the male High School Runner of the Year from Faith Lutheran, received that amount, while seven others also received scholarships as the track club doled out $15,000 to members.

Heading into the banquet, Vanderstelt knew she’d be receiving a scholarship, but she said she was still a little bit surprised at the amount.

“The people in my class, they’re all really good, really smart people,” Vanderstelt said. “I knew that I would be kind of up there because I’ve been around the track club for so long, but I definitely didn’t expect to be the only girl with the highest (scholarship).”

Vanderstelt ran races “here and there” growing up and joined the club with her sister, Nicole. Nicole Vanderstelt received a similar scholarship in 2011.

Kate Vanderstelt started getting more seriously into racing in junior high and ran competitively all through high school.

This year, she was was named to Nevada Preps Second-Team All-State for cross country, finishing in the top five in seven races and placing 14th at the Division I state meet. In track, she competed on Palo Verde’s 4×800 relay team at state that finished fourth.

Now, Vanderstelt, like her older sister before her, will head to Hillsdale College in Michigan. She will continue her running career there.

“I was trying to go into it not completely, solely based on running just in case something happened (and) I got injured or something, but I met with their coach and I really liked him,” Vanderstelt said. “I liked their program a lot.”


Sky Zone Las Vegas played host on Friday to teams competing in the qualifier for the 2016 Ultimate Dodgeball Championship. Yes, dodgeball, just like in the movie “Dodgeball.”

Qualifiers will be all over the United States, Canada and Mexico.

The championship will be in Las Vegas from Aug. 4 to 7, with the winning team getting $20,000.

Eight teams will receive prize money, splitting the $50,000 pot.

Betsy Helfand’s recreation notebook appears on Wednesdays. For story ideas or events for the calendar, send an email to Follow on Twitter: @BetsyHelfand

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