North Tahoe, Truckee cross country | Teams still tuning up for season |

North Tahoe, Truckee cross country | Teams still tuning up for season

Sun Staff report
Diane Welch / Submitted to swright@sierrasun.comNathan Ariza nears the finish line of the Donner Lake Run this past Saturday. Ariza posted the fastest time of the day.

Truckee freshman cross-country member Nathan Ariza posted the fastest overall time at the Donner Lake Run this past Saturday, completing the 6-kilometer run (3.7 miles) in 21 minutes and 40 seconds.

The race, which started and ended at West End Beach, raised funds for Truckee’s Sierra Expeditionary Learning School.

Running in the Male 0-17 division, brothers Noah and Nick Oberriter of the Truckee cross country team finished second and third with times of 21:51 and 22:30, respectively. Alex Kopytko was fourth in 23:39, followed by Simeon Murphy, who finished in 27:10, and John Guerra, who finished in 27:44.

In the girls’ 0-17 division, another Truckee freshman, Skyler Flora, took the win in a time of 24:47, while junior teammate Ruby Wood was runner-up in 27:30. Cassidy Haskell took third in 30:16 and was trailed by Madeleine Hall in 33:33, Michaela Welch in 35:08 and Maddie Johnson in 35:35.

Jack Birtwhistle won the 1K boys’ race with a time of 6:10 and Lucy Newlin won the 1K girls’ run in 4:49.

North Tahoe sophomore Noah McDermott raced to a second-place finish while junior teammate Patrick McElravey took fourth at the Silver Stage Invitational in Silver Springs, Nev., this past Friday.

The race was a hot and dusty 3.1 miles, which provided a challenge for the Laker runners, who are accustomed to the cool, pure mountain air.

North Tahoe head coach Warren Mills said he treated the meet as a practice, and he only brought four runners to the race. The defending state champion Lakers typically use the first half of the season as a tune-up for the meets that matter down the stretch.

The Lakers will host their annual North Tahoe Kiwanis Invitational on Friday, Sept. 16.

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