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Truckee cross-country | Girls set team record with near-perfect score

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The Truckee girls cross-country team made history yet again last Friday at the Sparks Railroaders Invitational at Rancho San Rafael Regional Park in Reno.

Just three points shy of a perfect score, the girls scored a record team low of 18 points, with their varsity seven placing in the top 11. Fernley and Douglas squads tied for second, each with a score of 79. 

The team scorers (top five) placed first, second, fifth, seventh and eighth in a field of eight teams and 83 runners. It is no surprise that the Truckee girls now rank as the fastest in the state of Nevada, among all divisions. 

Leading the charge, perennial frontrunner Skyler Flora won the race with a time of 20:08 on the 5K course. Fellow senior Gabrielle Rinne finished in second in 20:58 and was followed by the sophomore trio of Carrie Bradley in fifth (21:32), Claire Lang Ree in seventh (22:13) and Syra Fillat in eighth (22:24). 

Not far behind were sophomore Julia Veliquette in 10th (22:40) and junior Olivia Yale in 11th (22:51). Senior Michaela Welch, in her last high school cross-country race, achieved a season-best time of 24:50, placing 28th. 

The boys squad placed eighth in a much larger field of competition consisting of 15 teams and 138 runners. Reed took top honors with a team score of 39. Still missing frontrunner Noah Oberriter, who's out with an injury, the young team ran well, with four of its six runners finishing in the top 50, with less than a 40-second spread between them. 

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Sophomore Hudson Verbeck led the way with a 29th-place finish in 20:01. He was closely followed by sophomore Ian Smith in 33rd (20:06), freshman Tyler Ferrera in 41st (20:37), sophomores Chris Miller in 43rd (20:40) and Dave Dalicandro in 68th (21:45), and senior Patrick MacAuley in 99th (23:17). 

"We're running more like a team both girls and boys," said Truckee coach Rob McClendon. "We are hoping to have Noah back next week, which should improve our chances for regionals. The times weren't particularly fast for this race, because of the training. We are trying to quicken up their leg speed for upcoming races, which means our runners are a little sore and tried this week. We are looking forward to great things at Mt. SAC next week and Regionals the following week."

Up next

Truckee will compete Friday in the Mt. SAC Invitational in Walnut, Calif., which is billed as the largest cross-country meet in the world.