Lady Wolverines run to fourth place at Nevada Union invite

Special to the Sun

The Nevada Union High School Cross Country Invitational in Grass Valley was contested last Saturday.

The Truckee cross-country girls’ team ran to a fourth-place finish against 15 other teams behind a number of standout performances.

Senior Isabella Terrazas continued to lead the Wolverines, finishing the 3-mile race with a time of 20 minutes, 44 seconds for 10th place. First-year runner, junior Lauren Tanner, was second for Truckee with a time of 21:38 for 23rd place, followed by junior Hana Mazur with a time of 21:44 for 26th overall. Junior Amelia Swanson was 34th overall with a time of 22:08, followed by senior Deanna Sunnergren, who finished 38th overall with a time of 22:36.

Out of 107 athletes and 16 teams, the Truckee girls finished fourth as a team with 114 points. Madera High School won with a low score of 43 points.

In junior varsity racing, junior Grace Hodous took first-place overall with a time of 23:52, followed by junior teammate Ella Freeman in fifth place with a time of 24:13.

“Grace Hodous showed real guts to win the race,” said Truckee Head Coach Rob McClendon.

The Truckee girls’ freshman and sophomore team finished strong as well. Sophomore Sonny Strusinski took third overall with a time of 22:00. Sophomore Petra Kidd was next for Truckee, finishing seventh place overall with at time of 22:43, followed by sophomore Nynke Propstra (27:31), and sophomore Brooke Saathoff (32:32).

On the boys’ side, the Truckee varsity team finished eighth overall with 212 points out of 22 teams and 161 athletes. Reed High School took first as a team with 78 points.

Senior Montana Montgomery was Truckee’s top runner, finishing fifth place with a time of 16:47. Junior Ben Picard was 17th overall with a time of 17:24. Senior Ben Breuch was next for Truckee with a time of 18:35, followed by junior Wyatt Peek with a time of 19:01, and sophomore Aiden Gustafsson with a time of 19:24.

The Truckee junior varsity squad performed well with junior Zach Blum claiming a 17th-place finish with a time of 20:27, followed by Cole Thompson with a time of 22:47, and senior Robbie Maxim with a time of 23:38.

Racing in a field of 139 freshman and sophomore boys, Truckee claimed seventh place out of 12 teams with 142 points. Freshman Reed Loper was 13th overall with a time of 18:57. Sophomore Sage Boyer finished 21st overall with a time of 19:18, followed by sophomore Canyon Blassingame with a time of 19:56. Freshman Logan Selander (20:34), freshman Travis Mourning (20:56), and sophomore Isaac Lopez (23:40) rounded out Truckee’s finishers.

“The boys are developing as one of the strongest teams in northern Nevada. We have some pretty big plans this season, both girls and boys’ teams,” said McClendon.

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