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Cross country: Lakers, Wolverines take on the State

Sun Staff reports

Provided to the SunNorth Tahoe senior Tom McElravey leads teammates Carson Clark, Luke Funicella and Miles Heapes in Boulder City.

The North Tahoe and Truckee cross country teams returned this past weekend from their respective State Championships in Boulder City, Nev.

All classes ran a 5-kilometer race.

North Tahoe’s boys posted the best finish, placing second as a team behind only Sierra Lutheran, which took the championship with an average time of 17:48.98. The Laker boys trailed by about a minute, posting an average time of 18:51.81.

Individually, Hugo Ramirez led the Lakers with a 12th-place finish in 18:45.02. Wade Meddles of Sierra Lutheran dominated the race to capture first place with a time of 16:13.19.

Carson Clark followed closely behind Ramirez, finishing 13th in 18:48.26. They were followed by Luke Funicella (15th, 18:54.94), Tom McElravey (16th, 18:55.31) and Miles Heapes (17th, 18:55.52). Griffin Lancaster was 31st in 20:16.39, and John Baker 35th in 20:39.55.

The Lakers placed third behind Sage Ridge (22:57.27) and Laughlin (23:34.83) with an average time of 23:55.83.

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Sierra Postler led North Tahoe runners with a fifth-place finish in 22:07.11. Claire Kelley of Sage Ridge set the standard with a time of 21:04.24.

Behind Postler were teammates Maiya Greenwood (13th, 23:26.16), Carlie Postler (19th, 24:04.72), Amber Postler (24th, 24:57.10), Nicole Ramm (26th, 25:04.05), Julia Levy (33rd, 25:48.96), and Cassidy Curtin (37th, 27:04.84).

Lowry’s girls took the top spot as a team with an average time of 23:47.49. Spring Creek was second, Faith Lutheran third and Truckee fourth in 24:46.94.

The Truckee girls did not come home without hardware, however, as the Wolverines were awarded the 3A Academic State Championship for highest collective grade-point average.

In the 5,000-meter run, Hanna Casares raced to an eighth-place finish with a time of 23:43.38. Keely Bakken of Faith Lutheran was first in 20:57.19.

Casares was followed by teammates Heather Mort (11th, 24:01.08), Carly Clusserath (13th, 24:20.83), Annie Rodriguez (21st, 25:37.15), Brooke Griffin (27th, 26:12.23), Fenja Haas (33rd, 26:39.18), and Kayla Cole (46th, 37:15.91).

In the 3A boys’ race, Lowry captured the title with an average time of 18:30.74, while Truckee finished sixth in 21:14.85.

Tyler Brooks led the Wolverines with a 20th-place finish in 19:31.44. He was followed by teammates Kevin Lufkin (41st, 21:17.83), Kyle Jorgensen (42nd, 21:20.95), Nik Ratiner (43rd, 21:25.83) and Zeke Vandehei (48th, 22:46.43).