Truckee cross country | Flora, Clusserath kick off season with wins |

Truckee cross country | Flora, Clusserath kick off season with wins

Jim Grant / Nevada AppealTruckeeand#8217;s Andrew Clusserath races to a first-place finish in the freshmen race at the Douglas Class Races last Friday. Clusserath and sophomore teammate Skyler Flora both won their races.

The Truckee boys and girls kicked off their 2012 cross-country season at the Douglas Class Races last Friday in Gardnerville.

All athletes had the opportunity to participate in races against others from their own grade. Truckee had two individuals who won their respective races.

Skyer Flora, coming off a fifth-place finish in last yearand#8217;s state meet, opened her season by winning the girlsand#8217; sophomore race in impressive fashion, running the 2.4-mile course in 16:24 to defeat Abby Bolt of Galena by 22 seconds.

Floraand#8217;s time would hold up as the fastest female time of the day, beating Damonte Ranch senior Megan Wood by 3 seconds. Other Truckee sophomores participating in this event included Michaela Welch (29th, 21:44) and Chloe Chapman (34th, 22:43).

Andrew Clusserath made an impressive high school debut by winning the boysand#8217; freshmen race by 34 seconds in a time of 14:29. He led a group of promising young teammates, including Colin Deurlington (7th, 16:08), Jenner Tresan (12th, 16:31) and Jared Murphy (18th, 16:58).

The freshmen on the girlsand#8217; side also showed great potential, with Kayla Burnell (8th, 19:01) and Olivia Yale (13th, 19:37) posting solid results in their first high school races. Other results include John Guerra (19th sophomore boy, 16:39) and Nick Morgan (32nd junior boy, 16:08).

The team returns to competition at the Nevada Twilight Cross Country Classic in Sparks on Saturday night.

The North Tahoe cross-country team begins its season at the Whittell Warrior Invite in Zephyr Cove on Friday.

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