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North Tahoe cross-country: Lakers to host 56 schools in historic meet

Sylas Wright
swright@sierrasun.com

The North Tahoe cross-country team is pictured on the first day of practice. The Lakers are set to host the 41st annual North Tahoe Kiwanis Invitational on Friday.

Like every year around this time, Dollar Hill will be crawling with activity Friday afternoon.

Longtime cross-country coach Warren Mills and the Lakers are set to host their historic meet, the North Tahoe Kiwanis Invitational, for the 41st straight year.

The meet will feature 56 schools from across California and Nevada, with division ranging from middle school through high school varsity. Some 210 boys and 160 girls are slated to compete in the varsity races.

"It's a good meet," Mills said when asked why the event — one of the longest-running in the state — attracts so many schools. "We have a nice, tough course, and we give a lot of medals. It's worth coming. If you have a team that's pretty good, you're going to profit from it."

As far as Mills' team, the coach said the perennial Division III power Lakers look strong once again, with about 30 members and a promising group of young runners and returners.

North Tahoe's boys are seeking a fourth consecutive Division III state championship, while the girls — led by two-time defending individual state champion Quinn Lehmkuhl — are going for a second straight title. The Lakers own an NIAA record 26 state championships between their boys and girls teams.

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"We'll know more after this meet, but we're running well," Mills said. "We should be competitive in our division, for sure."

The meet begins with the sixth/seventh-grade races at 1:30 p.m. and continues with eight grade at 2:10, freshmen at 3 and sophomores at 4. The varsity girls race start at 4:30 and the varsity boys at 5.