Truckee cross country boys second in state
Sophomore Micah Silver ran the third fastest individual time in the 3A division and the Truckee boys finished second as a team in the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association (NIAA) Cross Country Championships in Boulder City on Saturday.
Lowry ” the three-time defending boys state champion and winner of the Northern 3A Regional Cross Country Championship on Oct. 26 ” took top honors over the Wolverines by a a score of 28-45. The Buckaroos had three runners place in the top five.
Spring Creek finished third with 61 points while Southern Nevada’s Boulder City and Faith Lutheran were fourth and fifth.
Silver crossed the finish line of the 5-kilometer (3.1-mile) race in 17:49.81, trailing only Lowry’s Matt Pike and Vance Orr, who finished one-two in 17:34.85 and 17:38.07.
“It was a great effort; he ran well,” Truckee coach Robby McClendon said of Silver. “He actually led the first two miles, which is a tough thing to do.”
But not necessarily the best strategy, according to the coach.
“He went out and tried to lead it, and it hurt him,” McClendon said. “Hopefully next year we can get him on top. I’m assuming he’s going to win it next year.”
Truckee senior Spencer Wood came in seventh in 18:09.82 and sophomore Hansen Laclair was eighth in 18:25.39. Both finishes were good enough for all-state, an honor awarded to the top 15 individual finishers.
Kyle Britto, a senior who McClendon said has “really stepped up this year,” missed all-state by less than two minutes, placing 16th in 19:14.32.
Other Truckee boys who raced in the state championship were Max Salinger (20:10.85), Stefan Benier, (22:43.23) and Drew Deurlington (23:02.30).
While the Truckee High girls cross country team did not qualify for state at the regionals meet last month, three of its runners did so individually.
Kelsey Waters, a senior who qualified for state with a ninth-place finish at regionals, was 13th among 3A girls in 23:50.94, earning her all-league honors as well as props from her coach.
“She has improved drastically,” McClendon said. “She wasn’t expected to do that well at all.”
Rounding off the Truckee runners were sophomore Gina Krauss (25:15.09) and junior Kelsey Dion (26:02.13), who finished 24th and 28th, respectively.
“(The team) improved by leaps and bounds this year,” McClendon said. “The guys and girls moved up steadily. I’m very pleased.”
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