Laurie Lawdensky/Special to the Pahrump Valley Times Sophomore Fenny Descuatan, seen here running at Boulder City on Saturday, finished 19th out of 46 runners, 26:01.4. Descuatan is a middle distance runner in track and is taking a crack at cross country for the first time.
Laurie Lawdensky/Special to the Pahrump Valley Times Senior Stefanie Thelaner, came in third at Boulder City with a time of 22:05.9, and was the first girl from Pahrump to cross the line. On Wednesday the Trojans take on Faith Lutheran and Indian Springs at Indian Springs.
Laurie Lawdensky/Special to the Pahrump Valley Times Senior Devon Montgomery, seen running at the Las Vegas Invitational in Boulder City, finished 30th out of 54 runners, 23:01.8. The Trojans went up against 37 teams and finished second for the girls and fourth for the boys at this meet.
Both cross country teams for the Trojans went into action on Saturday and Tuesday.
On Saturday, the Trojans were at the Las Vegas Invitational at Boulder City, a meet for small schools. The girls placed second and the boys placed fourth. On Tuesday, the teams were at Western in a dual meet, where the girls won and the boys lost.
At Boulder, the fastest runner for the girls was Stefanie Thelaner, who finished in third place with a time of 22:05.9. The next girl to finish for Pahrump was Jackie Sanchez at 25:05.2, finishing third for Pahrump was Fenny Descuatan at 26:01.4. Melanie Lawdensky was the fourth girl to cross for Pahrump at 26:38.3.
Coach Matt Kolodzieczyk believes this meet showed his strengths for the girls and it showed the boys are making progress.
“Shane Weber ran a good race. He finished first for the boys in the Boulder City meet for Pahrump and Devon Montgomery finished first for Pahrump boys in the meet against Western. We are trying to keep Devon’s arms close to his body and trying to get him to swing his arms more to get a little more fluid motion. We are working on his stride a little bit too. He is coming along very well,” he said.
Webber had a time of 21:51.1 at Boulder and Montgomery had a time of 23:01.8.
At Western, the Trojans took nine out of 10 spots on the 3.1 mile course. Stefanie Thelaner came in first place overall with a time of 22:37.0 and Jackie Sanchez took third with a time of 24:09 while Fenny Descuatan took fifth with a time of 25:34.
Kolodzieczyk is pleased with the younger runners who seem to be getting better with each meet.
“I tell them to go out every meet and run as hard as you can. It doesn’t matter who the competition is. I want them to try their hardest and give it their all,” he said. “Fenny Descuatan ran well for us. Fenny is middle distance runner in track, so we worked with her on her stride. It seems to be paying off. This is her first year in cross country. She had a good run despite an injury to her hip. Melanie Lawdensky also had a good run.”
The next meet for the Trojans will be at Indian Springs on Wednesday and will go up against Faith Lutheran and Indian Springs.