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Truckee cross-country | Young runners shine at Reed Invite

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The Truckee cross-country squads reached the midpoint of their season last Friday at the Reed Invitational in Sparks.

The 5K Shadow Mountain course is an especially challenging one, with multiple steep ascents and descents. An additional challenge was the Indian summer heat wave, with temperatures nearing 90 degrees at race time.

With their top-seeded senior runners sitting out the race due to travel or injury, it gave the younger team members an opportunity to shine.

In the girls varsity race, three Truckee runners placed in the top 25, with sophomore Carrie Bradley leading the way in 11th with a time of 21:54.

Olivia Yale, a junior, finished 19th (22:49) and sophomore Julia Veliquette was 24th (23:07). Sophomore Amanda Rae finished 42nd (24:19) and freshman Elizabeth Morgan, in her inaugural varsity race and first 5K ever, scored points for the team, finishing 57th (25:44). Michaela Welch was right behind her in 58th (25:48). Sophomore Paige Hourigan placed 70th in 28:22. 

As a team, the girls placed fifth in a field of 10 mostly Division I teams. Douglas won the meet, with Lindsey Adams, who competed in Truckee's Firecracker Mile and Squaw Mountain Run this past summer, winning the race by a full minute, in 19:35. 

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The Truckee boys squad was split between the JV and varsity races. The four JV racers all placed in the top quarter of the field: Sophomore Ian Smith was 17th (20:29), freshman Tyler Ferrera 20th (20:35), sophomore Chris Miller 39th (21:16) and sophomore David Dalicandro 40th (21:20).

In the varsity race, sophomore Hudson Verbeck ran the fastest team time of the day in 20:22, placing 67th, while senior Patrick MacAuley placed 104th (23:56).

"We will see some huge improvement over next few races leading up to regionals," said coach Rob McClendon. "But we have large spreads between our one through five runners, on both the girls and the boys teams. If we want to be successful at regionals, we will have to focus on running together as a team."

The Wolverines travel to the Clovis Invitational on Saturday to face off against the top California teams, some of whom are nationally ranked, on the course used in the CIF State Championships in late November.