The Greenwave cross country team sent two of its best runners, Tristen Thomson and Diana Martinez, to the state championship on Saturday.
Thomson finished third and took the bronze medal for the state championship, while Martinez, the third best runner from Fallon, finished 30 out of 52 runners.
Thomson ran one of his best times at 17:32 for the full length but was exceeded by Spring Creek’s Cole Campbell, who finished second and Faith Lutheran’s Chase Wood who took first place.
Campbell and Wood finished with times of 17:14 and 16:46, respectively.
Fallon coach Tommy Thomson said Tristen Thomson ran very well to finish where he did, and finished his season as of the top runners in Northern Nevada.
“Tristen ran a really smart race,” coach Thomson said. “He didn’t take the lead and we held him back a bit, but Tristen was pretty much in the top six all the way through. Chase Wood pretty much led all the way, and then both Cole and Tristen as well as two other kids were neck and neck for the last 10 miles.”
Thomson said that the placing between Tristen Thomson and Campbell was very close when the two broke away.
“It was really a one, two, three race at the end,” he said, “and that’s how the finished.”
Tristen was medaled alongside Campbell and Wood at the end of the race at which point Tristen officially finished his season as the third-place runner in Northern Nevada.
“He’s third, and you can’t ask for much better than that,” coach Thomson said. “He ran really well all the way through, and stayed strong.”
Coach Thomson said that Tristen, a senior at Churchill County High School, is now committed to Concordia University in Portland, Oregon, a Division II university.
Concordia, according to coach Thomson, is accepting four boys including Tristen, and are in talks with the recruiter about potential scholarships.
Coach Thomson also said that Wood will probably be among the runners to receive a Division 1 scholarship, and that he was an impressive runner for Tristen to compete against.
Despite her final placing, coach Thomson said he was also impressed with Martinez throughout this season as the third best runner on the Greenwave varsity cross country team.
“Diana really came on at the end of the year,” coach Thomson said, “and ended up becoming one of the best on the team soon after. It was honestly a really unexpected thing for her to end up going to state, but it was really marvelous, and we’re all thankful for her. It’s something she will remember for the rest of her life.”