Cross country | Truckee boys win Warrior Warpath Invite

Sun Staff report
Courtesy of David AntonucciNoah McDermott finds himself ahead of Incline's Spencer Wilson in a close race to the finish during the Warrior Warpath Cross Country Invite in Zephyr Cove last Friday.
David C. Antonucci |

The Truckee boys’ cross-country team captured first place out of 13 schools while the Laker boys took third at the Warrior Warpath Cross Country Invite in Zephyr Cove last Friday.

The Wolverines also received some fine individual performances on the girls’ side from a couple of freshmen, as Skyler Flora finished second in the varsity race and Gabrielle Rinne finished fourth in a field of 45 runners.

Sophomore Noah McDermott led the North Tahoe contingent with a third-place finish in the varsity boys’ race, out of 98 runners, while Truckee freshman Nathan Ariza placed fourth.

Ariza’s finish helped lead the Truckee boys to the team win with a low score of 74 points. Sage Ridge finished runner-up with 95 points, followed by the defending 2A state champion Lakers with 100. Fernley (104) and Spanish Springs (106) rounded out the top five, while Incline’s boys (147) were sixth.

Toby Qualls of Mammoth won the 3.1-mile race, recording a time of 18 minutes and 16 seconds. He was trailed by Dylan Chamberlen of Paradise, who finished runner-up in 18.35, then McDermott, who was third in a time of 18.52. Ariza took fourth in 19.21.

Both the Lakers and Wolverines had two runners in the top 10, as North Tahoe junior Patrick McElravey finished sixth in 19.30 and Truckee freshman Nick Oberriter was eighth in 19.38. Truckee freshman Noah Oberriter placed 12th in 20.09, while teammate Kyle Jorgensen was 27th in 21.07 and Alex Kopytko was 37th in 22.08 to wrap up Truckee’s top five (the amount required to record a team score).

North Tahoe sophomore Fletcher McConnell finished 20th in 20.44, teammate Sean McDermott was 32nd in 21.35 and Dominic Antonucci was 56th in 23.15.

In the girls’ race, ran on the same 3.1-mile course, which included a stream crossing, Flora finished runner-up to Katie Peters of Spanish Springs, posting a time of 21.44 to Peters’ 21.41. Katie Cochran of Incline, which took the team win, was third in 22.18.

Rinne finished fourth in 22.47 and was followed by Truckee junior Ruby Wood, who placed 15th in 24.48, and freshman Michaela Welch, who was 35th in 29.43. Truckee did not have a fifth runner to record a team score.

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