North Tahoe, Truckee cross country | Lakers win annual home meet |

North Tahoe, Truckee cross country | Lakers win annual home meet

Sylas Wright/Sierra SunCarson Clark finished fifth among 232 runners to help lead his Laker boys to a first-place team finish in the 35th annual North Tahoe Kiwanis Invitational this past Friday.

Led by a fifth-place individual finish from senior Carson Clark, the Laker boys captured first place in a field of 25 schools at the 35th annual North Tahoe Kiwanis Invitational this past Friday.

The 2010 edition of the race was the largest in its three-plus decades of existence, said North Tahoe head coach Warren Mills, who’s organized the event since the beginning.

and#8220;It was a stampede. There were cars parked all the way down Polaris (Road),and#8221; Mills said of the meet, which featured a total of 36 schools from Northern California and Nevada, with 232 runners in the boys’ race and 152 in the girls’ race.

Clark posted a time of 19 minutes and 31 seconds on his hometown course, which winds 5,300 meters (3-plus miles) through the woods above the high school before ending on the softball field. Riley Ruppenthal of Ponderosa won the boys’ race with a time of 18 minutes and 37 seconds, and John Robinson of Whittell was runner-up in 18:47.

Clark had plenty of help in winning the team competition, as all five of North Tahoe’s top scorers (the amount required for a team score) finished among the top 30. Sophomore Patrick McElravey finished 12th with a time of 20:33, freshman Noah McDermott took 15th in 20:39, senior Hugo Ramirez was 23rd (21:07) and freshman Fletcher McConnell was 26th (21:12).

and#8220;If you have a freshman in the top 15 in a race with (232) kids, it’s pretty nice. And I had two freshmen in the top 26,and#8221; said Mills, adding that racing on their home course helped the Laker boys and#8220;a lotand#8221; in the final results.

and#8220;It’s our course, so they’re going to be excited when they’re home,and#8221; Mills said. and#8220;But I was pleasantly surprised. I thought we’d do OK, maybe be in the top five. But as the meet kept getting bigger, I wasn’t quite sure. But they just stepped up.and#8221;

And not just the top five, as sophomore Sean McDermott placed 41st (21:45), Luke Funicella 47th (21:53) and Griffen Lancaster 54th (22:08) for the Laker boys, who earned first place ahead of Ponderosa (Calif.) and Spanish Springs. Sierra Lutheran and Incline rounded out the top five.

Kyle Jorgensen led the Truckee boys in 63rd with a time of 22:25. He was trailed by teammates Cameron Montano (139th, 24:29) and Dylan Jones (205th, 28:17).

In the girls’ race, Incline finished runner-up to Elko in the team competition, while Ponderosa placed third.

Individually, Truckee’s Ruby Wood finished 17th overall with a time of 25 minutes and 4 seconds. Brooke Ruppenthal of Ponderosa won the race, posting a 22:41, while Anna Preciado of Spanish Springs was second in 22:52. A total of 152 girls competed.

Carly Clusserath finished 21st for the Truckee girls with a time of 25:17. She was followed by teammates Gaby Garcia in 24th (25:39) and Fenja Hass in 50th (27:06).

For the Laker girls, Michelle Cahill led the way in 73rd (28:29), Roxanna Cabrera was 96th (30:13) and Taylor Lewis was 118th (31:49).

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