North Tahoe senior Noah McDermott has established once again that he is the runner to beat.
The two-time defending Division III state champion in the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs — and two-time cross-country champion — cruised to wins in his signature events while helping propel his 4 x 800 relay team to victory at the Yerington Relays this past Saturday.
The meet featured 16 Division III and Division I-A schools.
Led by junior distance specialist Tara Gallant, who won the 3,200 and finished second in the 1,600, the North Tahoe girls finished sixth overall and second among DIII schools, trailing only Yerington. Truckee’s girls won the meet in dominant fashion, posting 157 points to Yerington’s 94.5. The Fernley girls were third with 70 points and were followed by Fallon (63), South Tahoe (61) and North Tahoe (58).
North Tahoe’s boys also finished sixth overall and fourth among DIII schools, with 39 points. Rite of Passage (65) was the top-placing DIII boys team, in third place, while Yerington (63.5) was fourth and Pershing County (62.83) fifth. Fallon’s boys took the team win with 149.5 points, and Dayton was second with 108.66.
McDermott’s speed and endurance were not to be matched. He raced to victory in the 1,600 with a time of 4:40.24, compared to Dayton runner-up Aaron Elissa’s 4:49.49. He won the 3,200 with a time of 10:26.88, which was more than a half-minute faster than South Tahoe runner-up Orion Maxwell (11:01.82).
In addition to the 1,600 and 3,200, McDermott also provided a boost in the 4 x 800 race. Trailing by several hundred hards when he took the baton from Brandon Hackett for the third leg (Jackson Shaw started the relay), McDermott caught all the runners in front of him by the time he finished his first lap. He then handed off to senior teammate Peter Holmes, who extended the lead on the anchor leg to earn the win in a time of 8:55.13. Truckee was second in 9:06.38.
Holmes also finished third in the 1,600, in 4:55.20.
Among other North Tahoe boys finishes, the 4 x 100 relay team of Brandon Hayakawa, Reed Davis, Nathan Lutz and Austin Nall finished seventh in 48.05, Hackett was 10th in the 200 (24.97) and 11th in the 400 (56.57), Hayakawa was 14th in the 100 (12.30) and 12th in the long jump (18-02), Lutz was 15th in the 200 (25.73), and Cam Goldstone was 15th in the 1,600 (5:20.77).
Jordan Holst placed eighth in the discuss with a throw of 114-08, and Nick Joslin was 14th (98-03).
On the girls side, Gallant easily won the 3,200, posting a time of 12:15.15, while teammates Sophia Tallarigo (13:16.33) and Kaya Williams (13:39.86) finished fourth and fifth, respectively. Truckee freshman Carrie Bradley was second in 12:52.88 and South Tahoe’s Cara Filce was third.
Gallant, Tallarigo and Williams went 2-3-4 in the 1,600. Gallant finished runner-up to Fernley’s Abby Kepfer, recording a time of 5:49.07 to Kepfer’s 5:38.38. Tallarigo’s time was 6:06.93 and Williams’ was 6:10.29. Gallant, Tallarigo, Williams and Ingrid Roske also finished third in the 4 x 800 relay with a time of 11:01.53.
North Tahoe junior Allie Doyle was second in the high jump with a jump of 4-08 and fifth in the 100-meter dash (14.03), Jordan Briggs was sixth in the shot put (30-08) and 10th in the discus (75-09), Roske was 12th in the 800 (2:56.93), and Quinn Lehmkuhl was 12th in the 1,600 (6:38.64).
The Lakers are scheduled to compete in the LeFebvre Relays at Placer High School in Auburn on Friday.