North Tahoe cross country: Lakers bring home podium finishes from state
North Tahoeand#8217;s boys and girls teams both posted third-place finishes in the 2A Cross Country State Championship in Reno last Saturday.
and#8220;We ran great and#8212; ran awesome,and#8221; said longtime Lakers head coach Warren Mills. and#8220;No complaints. Of course I always want to win, but we ran our best race of the year across the board.and#8221;
In the boysand#8217; 5-kilometer race, North Tahoe juniors Hugo Ramirez and Carson Clark finished eighth and ninth, respectively, with times of 18 minutes, 10 seconds and 18 minutes, 21 seconds.
Wade Meddles of Sierra Lutheran and#8212; ranked 12th in the nation by prep website DyeStat.com and#8212; won the 2A boys title in a blazing 16 minutes, 6 seconds, while Incline senior Mike Sunseri finished runner-up in 17:03.
Sierra Lutheranand#8217;s boys won the team title with a low score of 32. Incline took second with 64 points, followed by the Lakers just one point back, with 65.
and#8220;Where Incline nipped us is they had their top two runners in front of us,and#8221; Mills said, referring to Sunseri and Sterling Vinson, who placed fifth. and#8220;From that point on we had the best team across the board, among anybody.and#8221;
Sage Ridge (71), Laughlin (132) and West Wendover (163) rounded out the team competition.
In addition to Ramirez and Clark, North Tahoe senior Patrick McElravey finished 11th in 18:35 to earn All-State second team honors. The top seven finishers made the All-State first team, while the eighth- through 14th-place finishers made the All-State second team.
Mills said John Baker ran his best race of the season, as he finished 21st in 19:12. He was followed by teammates Miles Heapes (25th, 19:22), Luke Funicella (30th, 19:41) and Angel Gonzalez (21:27).
On the girlsand#8217; side of the competition, Maiya Greenwood led the Lakers with an 18th-place finish in 23 minutes, 18 seconds on the same 5K course. She and teammates Carly Leininger and Sierra Postler finished in a pack of three, as Leininger placed 19th in 23:20 and Postler 20th in 23:30.
Incline, led by junior Briana Dragoand#8217;s first-place finish, won the girlsand#8217; team title with 39 points. Sage Ridge finished runner-up with 48 points, followed by North Tahoe with 84, Virginia City 85, Laughlin 100 and Henderson International 155.
and#8220;The girlsand#8217; side we knew it would be tough up against Virginia City, and we pretty much knew Incline was untouchable,and#8221; Mills said. and#8220;But we ran well … All I can judge my kids by is when theyand#8217;re finished, if theyand#8217;re totally exhausted and on their knees and spent, thatand#8217;s it.and#8221;
North Tahoe junior Carlie Postler placed 26th (24:30), and was followed by teammates Michelle Cahill (29th, 25:01), Amber Postler (31st, 25:08) and Cassidy Curtin (32nd, 25:15).
and#8220;They all ran out of their minds,and#8221; Mills said. and#8220;I was so impressed. Everybody was mentioning how we were just flying down the finish line.and#8221;