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Laker XC returns from Mt. SAC Invitational

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Provided to the SunThe five sophomores on the North Tahoe cross-country team, Griffin Lancaster, Hugo Ramirez, Carson Clark, Luke Funicella and John Baker (pictured left to right), took third place at the Mt. SAC Cross Country Invitational this past weekend.

The future is looking brighter all the time for the North Tahoe cross-country team.

Led by a speedy crew of sophomores, North Tahoe returned from the 61st annual Mt. SAC Cross Country Invitational this past weekend with well-earned bragging rights.

The competition was held at Mount San Antonio College in Walnut, Calif., and is touted as the nation’s largest high school cross-country meet.

Racing against schools from across California, North Tahoe’s sophomore boys led the Lakers with a third-place finish among the 12 teams with at least five runners in the three-mile, Division 4 and 5 race.

The five Laker boys ” made up of Griffin Lancaster, Hugo Ramirez, Carson Clark, Luke Funicella and John Baker ” posted a combined time of 1:36:57, while first-place Banning posted a time of 1:35:55.

Individually, Funicella (18:24), Ramirez (18:40) and Clark (18:44) finished 3,4,5 behind only Sergio Nungaray (18:07) and Brian Santiago (18:24), both of Banning. There were a total of 126 runners.

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North Tahoe’s Griffin Lancaster (20:07) finished 24th and John Baker (21:02) 42nd in the race.

In the varsity girls Division 4 and 5 race ” also three miles ” North Tahoe placed 16th out of 28 teams that qualified with at least five runners. The Lakers combined for a time of 2:02:38. St. Mary’s took the top spot in 1:39:26.

Individually out of 198 runners, Sierra Postler led the Lakers with a 28th-place finish in 22:07. Taylor Lawson of St. Mary’s won with a time of 19:29. Postler was followed by teammates Maiya Greenwood (91st, 24:21), Julia Levy (106th, 24:52), Carlie Postler (119th, 25:26), Brenda Ramirez (130th, 25:52), Nicole Ramm (139th, 26:12), and Cassidy Curtin (156th, 27:22).

North Tahoe’s varsity boys did not place as a team in the Division 4 and 5 race because only two runners competed ” Tom McElravey and Miles Heapes. McElravey placed 51st out of 182 runners with a time of 18:43, and Heapes came in 69th with a time of 18:58. Matt Airola of Bret Harte took first in the three-mile race a blazing 16:27.