Lady Lakers claim team win at Vern Regier Invitational |

Lady Lakers claim team win at Vern Regier Invitational

The North Tahoe track and field team traveled to Durham High School on Friday to compete against 16 other schools at the Vern Regier Invitational.

Senior Juan Camacho-Morales led the boys’ team, posting a pair of personal records in the field events to claim first- and second-place finishes.

Camacho-Morales launched a throw of 129 feet, 11 inches in discus to take first place, out throwing the field of 40 athletes by more than 5 feet. He also posted a throw of 41 feet, 1.00 inches in shot put to take second place.

Junior Skyler Sakrison set a personal record in high jump, clearing 5 feet, 2.00 inches to take second place. Senior Jake Hacker also claimed a runner-up finish, posting a season-best time of 2 minutes, 12.34 seconds in the 800 meters. Hacker set a personal record in the 400 meters, finishing in second with a time of 55.48.

Hacker, senior Nakia Sword, freshman Sven Halvorsen, and freshman Ryder Hallenberg took fourth in the 4×400-meter relay with a time of 4:00.66.

Halvorsen was fourth in the 1,600 meters with a time of 5:07.66. Junior Jared Hunt claimed fifth in the 100 meters, setting a personal record with a time of 12.10.

On the girls’ side, senior Sage Klein took first place in pole vault, clearing a season best 8 feet, 0.00 inches. Klein also took second in high jump with a mark of 4 feet, 8.00 inches.

Sophomore Kalena Steves set a pair of personal records to take second place in the 800 meters and 1,600 meters. Steves posted a time of 2:37.50 in the 800 meters and a time of 6:02.57 in the 1,600 meters.

Steves also teamed with senior Alexa McPherson, senior Kacey Benjaminson, sophomore Ella White, and sophomore Kalena Steves to take second in the 4×400-meter relay with a time of 4:42.85. The team of McPherson, junior Sophia Jeffery, sophomore Kaya Siig, and Benjaminson finished second in the 4×100-meter relay with a time of 54.99.

Benjaminson was also fifth in the 100 meters with a time of 14.00.

Senior Taylor Brook set a personal record in the 400 meters to finish in fourth with a time of 1:11.97. Junior Elsa Kallmes was fourth in the 200 meters with a time of 31.53. Junior Franny Gramanz posted a pair of fifth-place finishes in the hurdles events. Gramanz set a personal record in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 20.98, and finished the 300-meter hurdles with her fastest time of the year, crossing the finish line in 1:03.92. Senior Jackie Avery took fifth in shot put with a personal record throw of 26 feet, 1.00 inches.

The North Tahoe girls finished first place as a team, topping 14 other programs with a high score of 74.5 points. The boys finished in fourth place with 51.5 points. The Wheatland boys won the meet with a score of 103 points.

North Tahoe boys and girls set 21 personal records at the meet.

The Lakers will head to Colfax today to compete in the Colfax Invitational.

Justin Scacco is a staff writer with the Sierra Sun. He can be reached at

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