North Tahoe cross country | McDermott, Gallant pace Lakers at zones
October 31, 2011
Noah McDermott and Patrick McElravey raced to a third- and fourth-place finish, respectively, to pace the defending state champion North Tahoe boys’ cross-country team at the Regional Championship in Reno this past Friday.
While the boys qualified for the 2A State Championship with a third-place finish as a team, three Laker girls earned individual state berths, including freshman Tara Gallant, who placed sixth.
Nathanael Williams of Sierra Lutheran easily captured the Northern 2A boys’ title, as he completed the 5-kilometer course at Ranch San Rafael Park in a time of 16 minutes and 40 seconds. Runner-up Spencer Wilson of Incline posted a time of 17:23, while McDermott was third in 17:44 and McElravey fourth in 17:59.
North Tahoe sophomore Fletcher McConnell finished ninth in 18:26, Sean McDermott was 18th in 19:38 and Brandon Hackett rounded out the Lakers’ top five scores (the number used for the team result) with a 27th-place finish in 20:28.
The top four teams advanced to state. And all four of the qualifiers were bunched closely at the top.
Sage Ridge, despite not having a runner finish among the top four, recorded the fifth through seventh places to take the team win with a low score of 54 points to runner-up Sierra Lutheran’s 60. North Tahoe’s boys were right on their heels at 61, followed by Incline at 62.
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In the girls’ race, Incline senior Katie Cochran won the individual title with a time of 20 minutes and 32 seconds, which beat Sierra Lutheran runner-up Becky Grabow’s 20:51.
Gallant led the Laker contingent, as she finished sixth in a time of 21:54. Senior teammate Taylor Lewis placed 18th in 24:45 and freshman Dana McConnell was 21st to both earn state berths.
The top five individuals from non-qualifying teams advanced to state. Christie Collins was 32nd in 28:09 and just missed qualifying.
Incline’s two-time defending state champion girls won the regional title with a team score of only 27 points. Sage Ridge was second with 66, followed by Sierra Lutheran with 80 and Wells with 115.
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