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North Tahoe continues cross country domination

One of the most dominant programs in the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association maintained its lofty position as the best in the Class 2A/1A Northern League last weekend, once again sweeping the boys and girls' regional cross-country championships.

For the sixth consecutive year North Tahoe's cross-country teams won the regional title, putting together a dominant performance on the 5,000-meter course at Rancho San Rafael Regional Park in Reno on Oct. 26.

The six-time defending state and Northern League champion North Tahoe boys finished with a low score of 24 points, topping second place Silver Stage by 14 points to add another title to the school's trophy case.

Sophomore Etienne Bordes led the Lakers with a fourth-place finish, crossing the line with a time of 18 minutes, 8 seconds. Junior Nickolas Burkhart was next in sixth place with a time of 18:16. Sophomore Phoenix Sanchez finished in seventh with a time of 18:55, and freshman Jake Hacker finished in eighth with a time of 19:05 to round out the boys' scoring runners.

Sierra Lutheran senior Jared Marchegger won his third consecutive regional title, finishing with a time of 17:10.

Historically, no program in the state has come close to the Lakers dominance. The team has racked up 21 state titles, which is 10 more than second place, Reno High School.

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Ferre claims individual title

In her final attempt at a regional crown, North Tahoe senior Jillian Ferre struck gold at Rancho San Rafael.

Ferre captured first place at this year's regional meet, finishing with a time of 21:28 to edge second place, Sierra Lutheran senior Emily McNeely, by 1 minute.

From there, Lakers sophomore Kili Lehmkuhl finished in third with a time of 21:40, followed by senior Ella Carr in fourth with a time of 22:02, and senior Josii Johnson in fifth place with a time of 23:13.

Sophomore Ana Ting Osterhuber (24:26) was seventh, followed by sophomore Mera Schoonmaker (25:21) in ninth, and junior Cami Carter (25:25) in tenth. The Lady Lakers finished the meet with seven runners in the top 10.

As a team the Lakers dominated the meet with a low score of 10 points. Coral Academy of Science — Reno was second with 43 points.

The Lady Lakers have now won six straight league titles and will look to add a fifth straight state championship later in the week. As a program the Lakers own the most championships in state history, regardless of class, with 11.

State title defense

This year's Nevada State High School Cross-Country Championships will be held at Veteran's Memorial Park in Boulder City, Nevada. The meet is scheduled to begin on Saturday at 10 a.m.

Justin Scacco is a reporter for the Sierra Sun. Contact him at jscacco@sierrasun.com.