Laker XC returns from Mt. SAC Invitational
The future is looking brighter all the time for the North Tahoe cross-country team.
Led by a speedy crew of sophomores, North Tahoe returned from the 61st annual Mt. SAC Cross Country Invitational this past weekend with well-earned bragging rights.
The competition was held at Mount San Antonio College in Walnut, Calif., and is touted as the nation’s largest high school cross-country meet.
Racing against schools from across California, North Tahoe’s sophomore boys led the Lakers with a third-place finish among the 12 teams with at least five runners in the three-mile, Division 4 and 5 race.
The five Laker boys ” made up of Griffin Lancaster, Hugo Ramirez, Carson Clark, Luke Funicella and John Baker ” posted a combined time of 1:36:57, while first-place Banning posted a time of 1:35:55.
Individually, Funicella (18:24), Ramirez (18:40) and Clark (18:44) finished 3,4,5 behind only Sergio Nungaray (18:07) and Brian Santiago (18:24), both of Banning. There were a total of 126 runners.
North Tahoe’s Griffin Lancaster (20:07) finished 24th and John Baker (21:02) 42nd in the race.
In the varsity girls Division 4 and 5 race ” also three miles ” North Tahoe placed 16th out of 28 teams that qualified with at least five runners. The Lakers combined for a time of 2:02:38. St. Mary’s took the top spot in 1:39:26.
Individually out of 198 runners, Sierra Postler led the Lakers with a 28th-place finish in 22:07. Taylor Lawson of St. Mary’s won with a time of 19:29. Postler was followed by teammates Maiya Greenwood (91st, 24:21), Julia Levy (106th, 24:52), Carlie Postler (119th, 25:26), Brenda Ramirez (130th, 25:52), Nicole Ramm (139th, 26:12), and Cassidy Curtin (156th, 27:22).
North Tahoe’s varsity boys did not place as a team in the Division 4 and 5 race because only two runners competed ” Tom McElravey and Miles Heapes. McElravey placed 51st out of 182 runners with a time of 18:43, and Heapes came in 69th with a time of 18:58. Matt Airola of Bret Harte took first in the three-mile race a blazing 16:27.
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