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XC teams head south before zones

The North Tahoe and Truckee high cross country teams traveled to Southern California to compete in the 60th annual Mt. San Antonio College (SAC) Invitational this past weekend.

The event marked the final meet of the season for both schools, as Truckee enters the Northern 3A regional meet on Thursday and North Tahoe runs in the Northern 2A regionals the same day.

Neither Truckee coach Robby McClendon nor Lakers coach Warren Mills was overly impressed with his team’s performance at Mt. SAC.

“They could have run better,” Mills said of his squad. “But they still ran respectable.”

McClendon said his team “did all right,” adding, “Stefan (Benier) had a great race. He (set a personal record) by several seconds.”

In the Division 4 team competition, Truckee’s varsity boys placed fourth in the 3-mile race with 152 points, while North Tahoe ” running in the same division ” placed 14th with 331 points. Southern 3A competitor Faith Lutheran was third with 147 points. Avenal’s boys won with 45 points.

McClendon took note of Faith Lutheran’s performance, as the Wolverines are likely to face the 3A opponent in the state meet on Nov. 3.

“Faith Lutheran beat us from the south, so we really have to step up and have our fourth and fifth guys race incredibly to even get second at state,” the coach said, adding that defending champion Lowry is other threat to Truckee entering the postseason.

Individually, Truckee junior Micah Silver was the standout in the varsity boys race, finishing third with a time of 16:35. Kennedy Smith of Willits was first in 16:07. Due to “timing issues” at the meet, McClendon said individual times may not be completely accurate. Nevertheless, they are official, he said.

Truckee senior Max Salinger was 13th in 17:43, followed by teammates Hansen LeClair (15th, 17:52), Tyler Brooks (61st, 19:19), Benier (80th, 19:52) and Kevin Lufkin (139th, 22:57).

North Tahoe sophomore Miles Heapes led the Laker varsity boys with a 52nd-place finish in 19:09. North Tahoe junior Tom McElravey placed 64th in 19:23, followed by teammates Joey Griffo (75th, 19:50), Bob Carabetta (76th, 19:51), Max Hoffman (100th, 20:26) and Kevin Astidillo (101st, 20:27).

On the varsity girls’ side, North Tahoe placed 10th as a team.

Truckee’s girls didn’t fare as well.

“The girls didn’t have their best day,” McClendon said, explaining that only three of six finished the race in the 94-degree heat.

Laker junior Caitlyn King placed 38th in 23:14. The winner, a girl from Marlboro, finished with a time of 19:36. North Tahoe sophomore Maiya Greenwood was 40th in 23:16, followed by teammates Sierra Postler (55th, 23:50), Julia Levy (62nd, 24:10), Cassidy Curtin (63rd, 24:12), Brenda Ramirez (66th, 24:23) and Nicole Ramm (104th, 26:51).

Truckee freshman Annika Deurlington placed 28th in 22:04, followed by Hanna Casares (30th, 22:13) and Brooke Griffin (79th, 24:26).

In both the 3A and 2A, the top three boys and girls teams from the north and south advance to the state meet on Nov. 3. In addition, the top five individuals from non-qualifying teams advance.

Both schools race in their regional meet on Thursday, with Truckee competing in the Northern 3A and North Tahoe the Northern 2A. The 3A meet will be held at San Rafael Park in Reno and the 2A meet at Carlin, Nev.

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