North Tahoe cross-country: Lakers competitive at large Folsom meet |

North Tahoe cross-country: Lakers competitive at large Folsom meet

North Tahoe cross-country coach Warren Mills stands with the future of his team — Elan Lindsey, Jacs Mellor, Josii Johnson, Sophia Sanchez and Ella Carr — at the Josh Ruff Memorial Trojan Invitational in Folsom.
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The Lakers held their own across the ranks in the 11th Annual Josh Ruff Memorial Trojan Invitational in Folsom.

The event featured dozens of schools from Northern California, with races from frosh/soph to JV to varsity.

North Tahoe’s young runners fared particularly well. The Lakers’ frosh/soph girls finished in a tie with Lincoln for first place among 15 schools, both with 53 points.

In a field of 164 runners, North Tahoe’s freshmen trio of Sophia Sanchez, Elan Lindsey and Ella Carr finished first (13:55), second (14:21) and fourth (14:29), respectively, to lead the charge on the hilly, 3.4K course.

Freshman Josii Johnson was 14th (15:39) and sophomore Jacs Mellor was 47th (17:28) to round out the Lakers’ team score.

Sophomore JC Schoonmaker, who often races varsity for the Lakers, finished second in a giant field of 293 runners in the frosh/soph boys race.

He finished two seconds behind winner Christian Dabbler of Argonaut, posting a time of 12:02.

Freshman Alex Whitham finished 31st (13:09), Max Roske was 61st (13:46), Jacob Gramanz was 69th (13:55) and Jake Inclan 88th (14:07). The North Tahoe boys were eighth out of 24 schools.

In varsity boys racing, North Tahoe senior Cam Goldstone helped lead the Lakers to a 12th-place finish out of 27 schools by finishing 13th in a field of 237 runners. Goldstone covered the 5K course in 17:31.

Julien Bordes placed 62nd (19:11), Andrew Morgan was 66th (19:20), Jackson Shaw 93rd (19:53) and Ryan Heisinger 113th (20:15).

In the JV boys race, also held on the 5K course, North Tahoe’s Alexander Steele finished 28th (22:20) out of 88 runners. Kevin Caravelli was 52nd (24:28) and Carson Gracey 61st (25:08).

North Tahoe’s varsity girls also placed 13th out of 23 schools, led by junior two-time defending state champion Quinn Lehmkuhl with her ninth-place finish (20:38).

Kaya Williams finished 63rd (23:21), Xochita Luna was 104th (25:39), Lynn Hickman 146th (28:55) and Torrie Goldstone 161st (30:21).

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