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North Tahoe cross country | McDermott, Gallant pace Lakers at zones

Sylas Wright
Sierra Sun

Shannon Litz / Record CourierNorth Tahoe freshman Tara Gallant looks back as she nears the finish line in sixth place at the Northern 2A Regional Championship on Friday. Gallant, as well as two of her teammates, qualified individually to race in the state championship.

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.