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Truckee XC ‘Silver’ at regionals

Dave Price
Sierra Nevada Media Group

RENO ” Micah Silver and the Truckee High boys cross country team have come a long way this season.

They were in peak form on Thursday afternoon when Silver ran to second-place and Truckee’s boys captured second as a team behind Lowry at the Northern 3A Regional Cross Country Championships at Rancho San Rafael Park. Lowry used its depth and tradition to outdistance Truckee, 36-53, to win its fourth straight regional team title and fifth in six years. The one interruption during that span was 2002, when Truckee won both the regional and 3A state titles.

Two teams and five individuals from non-qualifying teams from Saturday’s race advance to the NIAA State Championships Saturday in Boulder City.

“We’re getting there,” said Truckee coach Robby McClendon. “Lowry had the advantage today, but next week will be a new race. State will be a smaller field and we’re going down to Vegas hoping for good things. If you want the state title, you have to go after it. Anything can happen.”

Silver, a sophomore, led much of the way before Lowry’s Matt Pike surged ahead inside the final half-mile to secure the individual gold medal. Silver ran the hilly 5,000-meter course in 17:38 ” four seconds behind Pike.

“Micah ran a good race,” McClendon said. “He took the lead at about the 2K (2,000 meters) and held it up until the top of the last hill. He’s only a sophomore so he’s still learning what he has left in his tank.”

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Senior Spencer Wood and sophomore Hansen Laclair placed fifth and sixth for Truckee with respective times of 18:31 and 18:39. Wood is out for his first season as a cross country runner, though he is a veteran Nordic ski racer.

Senior Kyle Britto finished 17th (19:33) and Max Salinger 30th (20:33) to complete Truckee’s scoring. Sophomores Stefan Benier (21:09) and Drew Harrington (23:37) also ran.

In the girls race, senior Kelsey Waters, junior Kelsey Dion and sophomore Gina Krauss earned individual state berths for Truckee. Waters placed ninth (23:49), Dion 10th (23:54) and Krauss 13th (24:15), who rallied from 75 meters down with one mile to go and came back to edge Incline’s Nicole Offerdahl at the line for the final individual qualifying berth.

Senior Jenny Geresy finished 36th (28:23) for the Wolverines.