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Incline cross-country | Girls runner-up in regional meet

Staff report

Led by sophomore Urs Volz, both Incline cross-country teams qualified for state with top-three finishes at the Northern Division III/IV regional championships at Reno's Rancho San Rafael Park this past Friday.

Incline's girls squad placed second to neighboring rival North Tahoe, which won with a low score of 39 points to the Highlanders' 54. Wells was third with 67, followed by Sierra Lutheran (72), Sage Ridge (138) and Whittell (155).

The Incline boys, who were led by senior Dylan Smith's 11th-place finish, placed third with 99 points.

The two-time defending state champion North Tahoe's boys won with a low score of 36 points, while Silver Stage was a distant second with 96 points. Whittell (120) was fourth, followed by Sage Ridge (120), Sierra Lutheran (132), Virginia City (190), Jackpot (202), Yerington (203) and ROP (223).

North Tahoe's girls earned the regional title by sweeping the top two spots and placing all five scoring runners in the top 17. Defending state champion Quinn Lehmkuhl, a sophomore, won with a time 20:06, while senior teammate Tara Gallant was second in 20:51.

In addition to Volz's third-place finish in 21:14, Incline freshman Ellyse Kirkland placed fifth with a time of 22:02, freshman Kate Rye was eighth in 22:55, junior Meghan Kelley 12th in 23:25 and junior Stephanie Homola 28th in 25:50.

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In the boys race, Silver Stage senior Brandon Perez raced to victory with a time of 18:12. Sage Ridge junior Ethan Hardacre finished runner-up in 18:15 and Whittell's Cole Snyder was third in 18:33.

The Lakers, who were led by freshman JC Schoonmaker's fourth-place finish in 18:41, placed four runners in the top 10 and all five among the top 12.

Smith paced the Highlanders, crossing the line in 19:35 for his 11th-place finish. He was trailed by teammates Mitchell Cornell in 15th (19:58), Ryan Eppolito in 16th (20:01), Nelson Bedient in 25th (20:31) and Cole Powell in 32nd (21:15). Also racing for the Highlanders were Owen Skelly (21:28) and Andrico Mourelatos (23:19).

The state championships will be held at Sunset Park in Las Vegas on Saturday.