Laker cross country runs in coastal meet |

Laker cross country runs in coastal meet

Staff reports

The North Tahoe High cross country team competed in the Pacific Grove (Calif.) Invitational near Monterey on Saturday.

Lakers head coach Warren Mills said about 15 schools took part in the meet, which included individual competition only.

“It was a pretty good deal for us,” Mills said. “It wasn’t a team competition, so there was no pressure for the kids.”

In the 2.9-mile senior boys race, North Tahoe’s Joey Griffo placed ninth with a time of 18:33.75. Matt Airola of Bret Harte was first in 15:33. The Lakers’ Kevin Austidillo finished 12th in 18:54.31, and Francisco Angel was 18th in 21:59.15.

North Tahoe had no senior girls.

Tom McElravey, the only junior boy from North Tahoe, placed 20th in his grade in 19:01.28. The winning junior, Lucas Velasquez of Los Banos, finished in 16:33.93.

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Among junior girls, the Lakers’ Brenda Ramirez placed 12th with a time of 22:53. Erin Gall of Catalina was first in 19:53.03.

The Lakers’ Miles Heapes nearly pulled off a first-place finish in the sophomore boys competition, finishing second in 17:46.50, trailing only Flavio Castro of Los Banos (17:04.84). Angel Gonzalez of North Tahoe finished in 20:42.31.

In the sophomore girls race, North Tahoe’s Malya Greenwood placed 12th in 22:27.62. She was followed by teammates Julia Levy (15th, 22:58.44), Sierra Postler (16th, 23:12.41), Carlie Postler (25th, 24:58.97), and Nicole Ramm (29th, 26:02.41). Dana DeCoste of Bret Harte was first in 19:47.06.

Running a 2.34-mile race, North Tahoe freshman boys John Baker and Carson Clark finished 12th and 13th in their grade in 15:02.53 and 15:05.69. The winner, Orlando Zendejas of King City posted a time of 14:15.15. The Lakers’ Hugo Ramirez finished 16th (15:22.06), Luke Funicello 20th (15:49.12) and Griffin Lancaster 31st (16:57).

The freshman girls also ran a 2.34-mile race. North Tahoe’s Cassidy Curtin placed third in 18:41.06, just over two minutes behind winner Jackie Gollette of Catalina (16:31.78).