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Young Lakers impressive at XC meet

Staff reports

North Tahoe underclassmen made a strong case for the future of Laker cross country with a solid performance at a cold and foggy Bella Vista Invitational in Folsom (Calif.) on Saturday.

“We’re looking good young,” said Warren Mills, head coach of the Lakers.

Indeed, as the North Tahoe frosh/soph girls placed first in the 3,200-meter run while the freshman boys finished second racing the same distance.

The meet was huge, featuring schools from across California and Nevada. Mills said the format was unique in that there were only two divisions ” large school and small school, with the small school cutoff at 1,700 students. North Tahoe has less than 400 students, Mills said.

The frosh/soph girls ” led by Maiya Greenwood, Cassidy Curtin, Sierra Postler, Julia Levy, Nicole Ramm and Carlie Postler ” won with an average time of 16:11.01. St. Mary’s was second with a 16:47.25 average.

Individually among the 76 freshman and sophomore girls, Greenwood was the first Laker to cross the line, finishing 13th in 15:34.11. The winner, Kelli Bercier of El Camino, posted a time of 13:45.90.

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Behind Greenwood were teammates Curtin (15th, 15:44.41), Sierra Postler (17th, 15:54.71), Levy (28th, 16:33.28), Ramm (35th, 17:08.53), and Carlie Postler (37th, 17:19.57).

North Tahoe’s freshman boys placed second to El Camino with an average time of 13:28.16. El Camino averaged 13:07.28.

Individually, North Tahoe’s Luke Funicello placed fifth in 12:55.27. Carson Clark and John Baker finished 11th and 12th with times of 13:17.18 and 13:19.89. Hugo Ramirez was 14th (13:24.47) and Griffin Lancaster 22nd (14:23.97). El Camino’s Chris Kigar posted a winning time of 11:57.76. Fifty-three runners competed.

In the varsity girls 5K run, North Tahoe senior Caitlyn King finished with a time of 24:07.23 (60th place), followed by junior Brenda Ramirez (73rd, 25:21.81) and senior Heather McKenney (104th, 30:44.46). Union Mine junior Sam Daughert won in 19:33.59.

In the varsity boys competition, senior Joey Griffo was 65th in 19:47.21 and senior Angel Francisco 144th in 23:11.38. Will Marquart of Union Mine was first in 19:47.21.

In the sophomore boys 3,200-meter run, North Tahoe’s Miles Heapes placed fifth with a time of 12:47.80, followed by teammate Angel Gonzalez, who finished 29th in 14:16. The winner, Nick Perez of Christian Brothers, completed the run in 12:10.72.