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North Tahoe track and field | Lakers compete in large field in Loomis

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North Tahoe senior James Palacio, shown at a past meet, recorded times of 4:50.24 in the 1-mile and 2:08.06 in the 800-meter run at the Del Oro Invitational in Loomis.
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The Lakers are scheduled to compete, along with rival Incline, in the Big George Invitational at Douglas High School this Saturday.

The North Tahoe track and field team competed among a field of 30 mostly large schools from California and Nevada at the Del Oro Invitational in Loomis this past Friday.

While achieving top finishes was a difficult task in all events — with roughly 1,700 athletes at the meet — the Lakers fared well while setting numerous personal records.

Senior distance specialist Tara Gallant and junior thrower Jordan Briggs led the way individually, both with top-five finishes.

Gallant placed fifth in the 3,000-meter run with a time of 10:44.33, while Briggs finished fifth in the shot put with a throw of 32 feet, 11 inches.

Briggs also placed 12th in the discus (100-10), and Gallant was 15th in the 1-mile (5:33.82). The Lakers’ 4 x 100 relay, meanwhile, finished 15th (55.72).

Among other North Tahoe varsity competitors, Kaya Williams finished 17th in the 3,000 (11:45.44) and 38th in the 1-mile (5:59.14), Sara Trimm was 18th in the discus (93-02), and Maddie Cleeland was 33rd in the 300 hurdles (58.57) and 31st in the prelims of the 100 hurdles (20.25).

Kyla Pierce placed 28th in the long jump (13-03.5), Allison Wright was 16th in the 100 prelims (13.53) and 10th in the 200 prelims (27.42), Allie Doyle was 47th in the 100 prelims (14.45) and 46th in the 200 prelims (30.64), and Valencia Covell was 49th in the 100 prelims (14.63).

Pierce, a sophomore, also was 16th in the frosh/soph triple jump (27-06.50).

For the North Tahoe boys, Max Burkhardt led the way with a 10th-place finish in the 400 (53.20). Burkhardt also placed 12th in the high jump (5-06) and 24th in the long jump (18-07).

Senior James Palacio continued his successful season with quality finishes in both the 800 and the 1-mile, as he was 31st in the 800 (2:08.06) and 27th in the 1-mile (4:50.24).

Fellow North Tahoe senior Brandon Hayakawa recorded a 21st-place finish in the long jump (18-11) and was 46th in the 100 prelims (12.46).

Cam Goldstone finished 20th in the 3,000 (9:55.21) and 57th in the 1-mile (5:08.38), Austin Nall was 29th in the 400 (56.37) and 34th in the 300 hurdles (47.81), and Kobi Hudson was 54th in the 800 (2:30.63).

The Lakers’ 4 x 400 relay squad finished 12th (3:46.43), and the 4 x 100 team was 15th (47.69).

In the field, Nick Joslin, Jacob Buhler and Colton wood competed among a competitive varsity field in the shot put and discus.

Joslin placed 37th in the discus (104-07) and 57th in the shot put (32-04.75), Buhler was 53rd in the shot put (32-06.25) and 51st in the discus (89-05), and Wood also was 53rd in the shot put (32-06.25) and 61st in the discus (79-07).

Other North Tahoe varsity athletes included Tristan Dailie, who placed 42nd in the 200 prelims (25.90), and Alexander Steele, who was 49th in the 200 prelims (26.75) and 35th in the finals of the 400 (57.62).

Freshman distance runner JC Schoonmaker competed in the frosh/soph field and finished 21st in both the 1-mile (5:05.79) and the 3,000 (10:35.88).

Sophomore Nathan Lutz finished 15th in the frosh/soph 100 prelims (12.34) and 24th in the frosh/soph 200 prelims (25.17), and Martine Barrera was 35th in the frosh/soph shot put (33-11) and 36th in the frosh/soph discus (79-02).


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