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North Tahoe cross-country: Lakers flex muscles at Mt. SAC Invitational

Staff report

Like every year around this time, the perennial power North Tahoe cross-country teams are beginning to hit their stride.

The Lakers traveled to Southern California last Saturday and more than held their own in the world's largest cross-country meet, the 66th Annual Mt SAC Invitational.

Entering all their runners in the Division 5 varsity races — underclassmen included — North Tahoe's girls swept the top two spots individually in a field of 119 runners and placed first among 13 schools as a team. The boys finished second out of 25 schools in their race.

In the girls race, junior two-time defending state champion Quinn Lehmkuhl and freshman standout Sophia Sanchez raced to first- and second-place finishes, respectively, posting times of 19:20 and 19:42 on the hilly, 2.93-mile course.

They were followed by freshmen teammates Elan Lindsey in 12th (21:03) and Ella Carr in 20th (21:59), and senior Kaya Williams in 21st (22:02). Josy Johnson was 26th (22:50) and Sophia Tallarigo 34th (23:28).

The girls earned the team win with a score of 39 points. Runner-up Thacher was second with 75 points.

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For the boys, North Tahoe senior Cam Goldstone led the way with a ninth-place finish out of 197 runners with a time of 17:08. Sophomore JC Schoonmaker followed in 16th (17:34), Andy Morgan was 27th (17:59), Jackson Shaw 29th (18:00) and Ryan Heisinger 46th (18:57).

Valley Christian's boys claimed the team win with 70 points, while North Tahoe was second with 116.

Up next

North Tahoe will race in the Northern Division III regional championship this Saturday at Rancho San Rafael Park in Reno. The top four teams from regionals advance to state, which will be held the following Saturday at the same venue. North Tahoe’s boys are seeking a fourth consecutive state championship, while the girls are shooting for their second straight state title.