Laker cross country takes 2nd, 3rd in 2A state meet
North Tahoe cross country coach Warren Mills figured the race for the 2A state championship would come down to Sage Ridge from the south and Whittell from the north, with his improved Laker squad right there in the title hunt.
He was right.
The Laker girls placed second as a team behind Sage Ridge and the boys finished third, trailing only Sage Ridge and Whittell at the Nevada State Cross Country Championship at Reno’s Rancho San Rafael Park on Saturday.
“We did well. I’m jazzed about how we did,” Mills said. “Three weeks ago at Mt. SAC we looked mediocre at best. So we peaked at the perfect time. I would like to have won, but I’m happy with this.”
Individually, North Tahoe senior Caitlyn King and junior Sierra Postler earned first team all-state honors with sixth- and seventh-place finishes in the girls’ competition. King posted a time of 23:09 on the 5-kilometer course and Postler 23:23. Laker sophomore Maiya Greenwood made second team all-state with an 11th-place finish in 23:44.
The top seven runners are honored on the all-state first team, while the eighth- through 14th-place finishers make the second team, Mills said.
Sage Ridge’s girls edged North Tahoe in points by a count of 39-50, posting an average time of 23:05.20 to the Lakers’ 23:56.60. Laughlin was third with 59 points. Virginia City was fourth (62) and The Meadows fifth (122).
A sweep of the top three individual places helped Sage Ridge earn the title, as Claire Kelley finished first in 20:57, followed by teammates Sarah Kelley (22:00) and Elaine Carpenter (22:03).
“Numerically, it’s almost impossible to beat a team that goes one, two, three,” Mills said.
North Tahoe junior Brenda Ramirez placed 16th with a time of 24:12. Sophomore Julia Levy was 22nd in 25:15, followed by sophomores Nicolle Ramm (27th, 26:14) and Carlie Postler (32nd, 27:18).
“On the guys’ side, it stacked up exactly how I thought it would,” Mills said.
And that is with Sage Ridge in first with 27 points, Whittell second with 50 points and North Tahoe third with 57. Sage Ridge averaged 18:37.40, Whittell 19:18.20 and North Tahoe 19:32.80.
Considering where the Laker boys were at earlier in the season, Mills was pleased with their performance at state.
“I was really proud of them,” Mills said. “They were 14th out of 16 teams at Mt. SAC (on Oct. 18), so they certainly stepped up the last three weeks.”
Laker sophomore Miles Heapes earned second team all-state honors with an 11th-place finish in 19:09. Nathan Chellman of Sage Ridge placed first with a time of 17:26.
Behind Heapes were teammates Joey Griffo, a senior who placed 16th in 19:28, senior Max Hoffman (18th, 19:37), junior Tom McElravey (19th, 19:43), and freshmen Luke Funicella (22nd, 19:47), Hugo Ramirez (23rd, 20:04), and Carson Clark (27th, 20:221).
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