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Micah is silver at state

Jen Schmidt/Sun News ServiceTruckee High junior Micah Silver (343) and Lowry senior Matt Pike (203) race to the finish during the Nevada 3A State Cross Country Championship on Saturday. Pike finished first in 17:37 and Silver second in 17:43.

If it weren’t for that pesky Matt Pike, Truckee junior Micah Silver would be celebrating a state championship.

Pike, a senior from Lowry, edged Silver by six seconds to capture his second straight Nevada 3A State Cross Country Championship title at Reno’s Rancho San Rafael Park on Saturday.

Silver, who beat Pike in the Northern 3A regional meet on the same 5-kilometer course a week prior, posted a time of 17:43, while Pike finished in 17:37.

Truckee senior Max Salinger also stepped up and had a great race, finishing fifth in 18:14. Both he and Silver earned first team all-state honors for placing in the top seven individually.

Despite the two top-5 finishes, Truckee’s boys placed third behind Lowry and Faith Lutheran. Lowry won with 33 points to Faith Lutheran’s 66 and Truckee’s 69. Lowry averaged 18:28.80, while Faith Lutheran posted an average time of 19:10.60 and Truckee 19:14.40.

Dayton was fourth (74 points, 19:17.20) and Boulder City fifth (109, 20:19.20).

Robby McClendon, head coach of the Wolverines, thought his team was capable of better.

“It was rough,” McClendon said of placing third. “I was hoping to do a little better than that. But we had some pretty good performances.”

Including one from junior Hansen LeClair, who placed 16th in 19:08 and barely missed making the all-state second team, which is reserved for the eighth- through 14th-place finishers.

Freshman Tyler Brooks finished 27th in 19:53, followed by teammates Stefan Benier (35th, 21:14), Daniel DeLaney (36th, 21:17) and Kevin Lufkin (43rd, 24:30).

On the girls’ side, while Truckee’s team did not qualify for state, freshman Annika Deurlington and sophomore Hanna Casares did so individually. And they both ran solid races on Saturday.

Deurlington made second team all-state with an 11th-place finish, completing the 5K run in 22:58, and Casares placed 16th in 23:37.

Both Truckee’s boys and girls teams were awarded the Nevada Academic State Championship on Saturday. The girls earned the honor with a collective GPA of 3.85, and the boys pulled it off with a 3.78 GPA, McClendon said.

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