Viking Invitational: Despite rain, Northeast's Spring earns fourth straight meet victory



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Thu. October 4, 2012 | Bob Putnam | Email

ST. PETERSBURG — Northeast’s Amanda Spring battled two things at Thursday’s Viking Invitational: her opponents and the elements.

She conquered both.

The heavy rain hardly mattered to Spring, who seemingly skimmed over puddles in wire-to-wire dominance to win in 19 minutes, 54 seconds. It was the fourth straight meet Spring has won this season.

“I really wasn’t that concerned about my time; I really didn’t even know exactly what it was,” Spring said. “I was more concerned about just finishing the race.”

Spring turned the race into a sprint rather than a test of endurance. That was evident from the starter’s pistol when Spring pushed the pace mercilessly. It didn’t take long before she started pulling away from a staggering field.

Taking the lead and maintaining it was critical as the rain started pelting Crescent Lake Park, turning the course into a rutted quagmire in the final mile.

“It was a pretty tough race just because of having to deal with all the rain at the end,” Spring said. “I just wanted to get out as fast as I could and stay in front throughout the race.”

Spring’s victory was about the only thing that was clear. At the finish, the runners were soaked. So were the results. Some of the recorded times were smeared. Others were not turned in at all as runners — and coaches — scrambled to find shelter in the downpour.

“I know Amanda won,” Vikings coach Larry Rudisell said. “We might have won as a team, but I can’t even say that for sure. The race turned out to be more of a training run for the girls.”

The boys race was supposed to follow the girls but was canceled because of the rain.

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