North Tahoe track | Noah McDermott wins dual state titles to lead Lakers
Noah McDermott had no intention of placing second at the 2A State Track and Field Championships this past Friday and Saturday.
The North Tahoe sophomore capped a stellar track season with dual state titles at the state meet held at Damonte Ranch High School, winning both the 1,600-meter run (1-mile) and the 3,200 (2-mile).
and#8220;He raced to win,and#8221; said North Tahoe head coach Skip Piechocinski, and#8220;and he won both.and#8221;
It wasn’t easy, particularly in the 1,600 on Friday.
McDermott found himself in a neck-and-neck battle with Whittell sophomore Mark Waite for the win. Down to the final stretch, however, McDermott outkicked his lakeside rival before leaning across the line and claiming the title in a photo finish. He posted an official winning mark of 4:48.83 to Waite’s 4:48.89.
But McDermott wasn’t done. The following day, he went on to capture the title in the 3,200 with relative ease, as he posted a time of 10:31.24 to Incline runner-up Spencer Wilson’s 10:56.08.
The pair of titles in the distance events and#8212; McDermott also placed third in the cross-country state championships this past fall and#8212; were two of the Lakers’ many accomplishments at the state meet.
The young team of mostly freshmen and sophomores qualified 12 athletes in 11 different events, with several bringing home state championship hardware awarded to the top four finishers.
and#8220;Everyone did great, and we’re still such a young team,and#8221; Piechocinski said. and#8220;The thing about it is they had to step it up, and they all stepped it up. They left it all on the track, and the results took care of themselves.and#8221;
The Laker boys’ 4×800 relay team raced to a second-place finish in their race, as the squad made up of McDermott, his brother Sean McDermott, Peter Holmes and Brandon Hackett posted a time of 8:51.05 to Whittell’s 8:46.99. The next-fastest team, Silver Stage, came in at 9:05.97.
North Tahoe freshman Tara Gallant represented the Lakers well in the girls’ distance events, as she finished runner-up in the 3,200 and was fifth in the 1,600.
Freshman Bailey Gosse of The Meadows won the 3,200 title in a time of 12:21.20 to Gallant’s 12:30.75, while Incline senior Katie Cochran was third in 12:35.77. Another freshman distance specialist, Jinks Heerema, who’s also from The Meadows, won the 1,600 title in 4:36.08 to Cochran’s 5:48.68.
and#8220;There’s a youth movement, I think. There were a lot of good freshmen there,and#8221; Piechocinski said.
North Tahoe sophomore Angela Wood not only earned a medal in the long jump, she established a new personal record (PR) in the event while also matching her previous best in the high jump.
Wood set a PR in the long jump with a leap of 14-08.25, which was good enough for third place behind Lincoln County senior Brooke Stever’s 15-04.25 and Pershing County senior Claudia Dennler’s 14-09.50. Wood then placed fifth in the high jump, clearing the bar at 4-08.00. Sophomore Shania Marques of White Pine took the high jump title at 5-02.00 to Dennler’s 4-11.00.
The Laker girls’ 4×100 and 4×200 relay teams, both of which were made up of Wood and freshmen Sara Trimm, Sage Chador and Allie Doyle, earned medals in both events.
The Lakers finished second to Incline in a closely contested 4×200, posting a time of 1:56.35 to the Highlanders’ 1:55.18. The North Tahoe team was fourth in the 4×100 in a time of 54.85. The Meadows won the 4×100 title in 52.71 and was followed by Calvary Chapel (54.07) and Silver Stage (54.69).
Chador also set a PR in the shot put with a heave of 29-02.50, while Alex Bourriague set a PR in the 300 hurdles in a time of 45.90, despite hitting several hurdles on his way to the finish line.
and#8220;He hit a bunch of hurdles, but he was competing to win, and he went for it,and#8221; Piechocinski said.
As a team, the Laker girls finished eighth out of 14 schools while the boys were 10th out of 15 schools. Rite of Passage won the men’s state championship and The Meadows won the girls’ title.
and#8220;I thought the showing we had was pretty good,and#8221; Piechocinski said. and#8220;They all stepped it up.and#8221;
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