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North Tahoe cross-country | Gallant victorious at Lowry Invite

Staff report

The North Tahoe cross-country team earned a number of quality finishes at the Lowry High Invitational this past Friday as it continues to build toward the regional and state championships.

Senior Tara Gallant led the charge. She won the varsity girls race in a field of 48 runners from four different Division I-A schools — Spring Creek, Elko, Fernley and Fallon. Gallant covered the 3.1-mile course in a time of 20:13 to Spring Creek runner-up Julia Mahlke's 20:41.

Not far behind was North Tahoe sophomore and defending Division III state champion Quinn Lehmkuhl, who crossed the line just ahead of Spring Creek's Lauryn Walz for third place, in 20:50.

North Tahoe junior Sophia Tallarigo finished ninth in 22:08 and junior teammate Kaya Williams was 12th in 22:27. They were followed by freshman Camille Syben, who was 32nd in 25:34, sophomore Torrie Goldstone, who was 33rd in 25:35, and senior Ingrid Roske, who was 39th in 26:59. Kristen Gallant finished in 29:54.

Despite scoring two runners in the top three and four among the top 12, the North Tahoe girls finished second as a team behind Spring Creek, which had three runners in the top five.

The Spartans posted a low score of 29 points to the Lakers' 52 and third-place Elko's 74.

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The North Tahoe boys, meanwhile, finished third out of eight schools, with 95 points to first-place Spring Creek's 32 and second-place Elko's 62.

Junior Julien Bordes and freshman JC Schoonmaker led the Lakers in the field of 63 runners, placing 13th and 14th, respectively, with times of 18:36 and 18:37.

Senior James Palacio finished 17th in 18:43, Cam Goldstone was 26th in 19:32, Jackson Shaw 27th (19:41), Austin Nall 33rd (20:02), Tobin Johnson 35th (20:25), Kobi Hudson 38th (20:41), Ryan Heisinger 43rd (21:04) and Nick Joslin 44th (21:14). Drew Austin finished in 26:53.