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North Tahoe track | Lakers competitive in Loomis

North Tahoe seniors Peter Holmes and Noah McDermott on a baton handoff earlier this season.
Courtesy Greg Briggs |

The North Tahoe track and field team received a midseason challenge last Friday, as the Lakers took on some of the largest and most competitive Division I schools in Northern California and Nevada at the Del Oro Invitational in Loomis.

Not surprisingly, the Lakers’ long-distance and middle-distance specialists, seniors Noah McDermott and Peter Holmes and junior Tara Gallant, hung with the tough competition.

McDermott finished third in the 3,000-meter run and fifth in the 1-mile, while Holmes was third in the 800, and Gallant took fifth in the 3,000 and 11th in the 1-mile.

McDermott, the two-time defending Division III state champion in both the 1,600 and 3,200, posted a time of 8:57.13 in the 3,000. Alex Garcia of Placer won in 8:53.84 in a field of 51 runners. McDermott posted a time of 4:32.51 in the 1-mile, which featured 73 runners and was won by Anthony Oceguenda of Reed, in 4:26.56.

Among 44 varsity runners in the 800, Holmes placed third with a time of 2:01.67. Arturo Sotomayor of Roseville won in 1:54.31. Holmes also placed 16th in the 400.

Gallant posted a time of 11:16 in. the 3,000, which was fast enough for fifth place in a field of 22 varsity runners. Lindsey Adams of Douglas won in 10:41.91. Gallant recorded a time of 5:42.64 in the competitive 1-mile, which had 45 racers.

Among other strong North Tahoe finishes, the boys 4 x 400 relay of Holmes, McDermott, Brandon Hackett and James Palacio placed 12th in 3:43.68, and the frosh/soph team of Jackson Shaw, Andy Morgan, Alex Steele and Max Burkhart was 15th in 4:12.25.

Jordan Holst was 24th in the varsity discus finals (113-10), and Nick Joslin was 13th in the frosh/soph discus, while Burkhart was 11th in the frosh/soph high jump, 19th in the long jump and 26th in the triple jump.

Holly Lewis placed 23rd in the 400 (1:14.45), Angela Wood was 22nd in the long jump (13-08) and 23rd in the shot put (28-01), Sara Trimm was 22nd in the discus (85-08), and Allie Doyle was 15th in the high jump (4-06).

The Laker girls 4 x 100 relay of Trimm, Allison Wright, Wood and Doyle finished 14th in 56.15.

In frosh/soph competition, Wright was third in the 100-meter dash, Kaya Williams was third in the 3,000 and 16th in the 1-mile, Quinn Lehmkuhl was ninth in the 1-mile, and Sophia Tallarigo was 12th in the 800 and 15th in the 1-mile.

Maddie Cleeland was 14th in the 300 hurdles, Jordan Briggs was third in the discus and sixth in the shot put, and Kyla Pierce was 19th in the high jump. The frosh/soph 4 x 400 relay of Lewis, Tallarigo, Cleeland and Lehmkuhl placed 11th.