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North Tahoe cross country | Laker boys earn win at Mt. SAC Invite

Sun Staff report

Photo Courtesy of NTCC/submitted to swright@sierraNorth Tahoe senior Hugo Ramirez races to a third-place finish at the Mt. SAC Cross Country Invitational in Southern California on Saturday. Carson Clark and Ramirez finished second and third to help lead the Lakers to a team win in the Division 4-5 race.

Carson Clark and Hugo Ramirez finished second and third, respectively, to lead the Laker boys to a team win at the Mt. SAC Cross Country Invitational in Southern California on Saturday.

Clark posted a time of 16 minutes and 15 seconds on the 3-mile course to finish in a tie for second, while Ramirez finished in 16:43. Will Callan of Thacher won the Division 4-5 race with a time of 15:52.

A total of six North Tahoe runners finished in the top 15. Trailing Clark and Ramirez were Noah McDermott in seventh (16:59), Patrick McElravey in ninth (17:05), Fletcher McConnell in 11th (17:19) and Luke Funicella in 14th (17:35). Sean McDermott was 32nd (18:35).

The collective results were good enough to earn the Lakers first place in the team competition with a total time of 1:24:21 to runner-up Thacher’s 1:25:09, and 32 points to Thacher’s 46.

There were 13 complete teams and 102 runners in the Division 4-5 race.

The annual meet is held at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut and is touted on its website as the largest cross-country competition in the country.

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