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 Las Vegas Invitational
9/12/09 at Boulder City NV
5k course, moderate hills, 95 degrees headed for 104

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8:00 Fr/Soph Girls
8:25 Fr/Soph Boys
8:45 G Large School
9:15 B Large School
9:40 G Small School
10:10 B Small School
10:35 JV Girls
11:00 JV Boys

Last Year Rancho Buena Vista CA swept large school team titles.
Rancho Buena Vista CA sweeps
for second straight year
 Large School Girls
Jr Shanna St. Laurent 19:41 led Rancho Bueno Vista to a 1-2-4-6 finish for a 27-68 score over runner-up Fountain Valley CA.  Next were Nevada schools: Arbor View 104, Coronado 118, and Shadow Ridge 124.  First Nevada girl was Shadow Ridge sr Michelle Schenck 20:12.

Large School Boys
Jr Chris Brewer 16:47 led Rancho Buena Vista  to a 1-3-6 finish for a 50-87 victory over Green Valley NV.   

photos by John Dye

The 39th Larry Burgess LVI was at Veterans Memorial Park in Boulder City for the second straight.  There were 37 teams and 1,023 athletes entered, including several top teams from California. 

Rock overlook is a good vantage pont to see the races

photo by John Dye

Preview: Las Vegas Invitational Attracts Best of the Best

by Phil Lawton

The name changes, the site shifts, and the venue of events modifies from year to year, but the 39th annual Larry Burgess Cross Country Las Vegas Invitational is still the premier race of the season in southern Nevada.

What started out almost 40 years ago as a college race at UNLV, with some high school events added, has transpired into one of the biggest early-season events on the national high school cross country calendar. Nike has targeted it as a qualifier for their NXN (Nike Cross Nationals) in December and it’s a featured race on DyeStat.com, the premier site for high school cross country.

John Dixon and Will Wells, the Meet Directors and Head Coaches and Del Sol and Basic, moved the race to Veteran’s Memorial Park in Boulder City a year ago, and this year’s event will stay in Boulder City on the same course. The course is also used for the state meet when the meet is held in the South.

Over 30 local teams are entered plus a number of teams from California, making for a total of over a thousand athletes who will compete in eight races starting at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday.

The two featured races will be the Varsity Large School Boys and Girls 5K (3.1 miles) events and the team-to-beat will be Rancho Buena Vista (San Diego), which swept both races in 2008. This California juggernaut has their boys team ranked Top-50 in the nation and Top-10 in California by Dye.stat and the Rancho Buena Vista girls are also one of the top programs in southern California. Fountain Valley (CA) is also entered. In 2008 Fountain Valley’s girls were second and their boys placed third.

The local programs most likely to challenge the California invasion will be Green Valley and Centennial on the boy’s side and Coronado and Shadow Ridge on the girl’s side.

Green Valley’s boys looked especially strong at the Palo Verde Labor Day Classic. Centennial also competed at Palo Verde but were missing their number three runner, Devon Dane. The defending state champion Bulldogs will be at full strength on Saturday. In the battle for local bragging rights among the boys it will probably come down to Green Valley, Centennial, Foothill, Shadow Ridge, Arbor View, and Palo Verde.

Individually, boys to watch include Chris Brewer (Rancho Buena Vista), who was runner-up in 2008; Nick Hartle (Centennial); Julius Kim (Green Valley); Carl Greene (Foothill); Greg Marschik (Arbor View); Sam Mahar (Shadow Ridge), sixth in 2008; Sebastian Karbowniczek (Palo Verde); Al Galan, eighth in 2008 (Liberty); Matt Lundgren (Boulder City); and Josh Thompson (Moapa Valley).

Coronado’s girls dominated at the Falcon Invitational at Foothill last Saturday. Shadow Ridge did not compete at either weekend invitational, so this will the first head-to-head match up for the two teams. The Cougars best hope for a strong showing at LVI hinge on team depth, led by their striker Lauren Lucas. Shadow Ridge is also seven deep and will look to Michelle Schenck (fifth at LVI in 2008) to lead the way. Nevada girl’s teams most likely to threaten Coronado and Shadow Ridge are Foothill, Palo Verde, Green Valley, and Arbor View.

Other girls to watch for in the Large School race will be Shanna St. Laurent (Rancho Buena Vista), third in 2008; Cleaves Harper (Rancho Buena Vista), fourth in 2008; Erin Smith (Coronado), Sage Long (Foothill), Kelsi Koch (Palo Verde), Randi Withoft (Arbor View), and Elisa Vasquez (Clark).