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Truckee cross-country: Girls competitive in large California meet

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Truckee will compete in the Bella Vista Invitational at Folsom High School on Saturday.

The Truckee cross-country squads traveled to the Clovis Invitational near Fresno last Saturday to participate in one of the largest meets in California, with over 3,500 high school athletes competing on the 5K course used each year for the California State Championships. 

“Seeing some of the top cross-country teams in the country compete here is pretty amazing experience for our team and young athletes,” Truckee coach Rob McClendon said.

Despite being placed in a larger-school division by meet management and battling midseason injury and illness, the Wolverines performed well in the five races they entered.

The varsity girls earned the best results of the day. After leading as a team at the one-mile mark, the girls finished in sixth place in a field of 32 Division 3 teams. 

The five point-scorers were all juniors, led by Brenna Wapstra-Scott, who placed 19th (19:26) out of 223 runners. Carrie Bradley finished right behind in 23rd (19:32), followed by Julia Veliquette in 59th (20:17), Lily Robertson in 70th (20:26) and Syra Fillat in 88th (20:41).

The varsity boys finished 27th in a field of 34 Division 3 teams and 237 runners.

Juniors Hudson Verbeck and Ian Smith led the charge, finishing 90th (17:18) and 92nd (17:18.9), respectively. Ryan Murphy, a senior, finished 168th (18:11), followed by the sophomore duo of Tyler Ferrera (18:58) and David Delicandro (19:21).  

Top performers in the combined Division 3/4 contests included Claire Lang-Ree’s second-place finish in the girls JV race (21:14), Elizabeth Morgan’s 26th-place finish in the girls Frosh-Soph race (22:35) and Calin Laine’s 50th-place showing in the boys Frosh-Soph race (18:55).

“With only four races left for the season, we’re looking to peak and have a great finish as we try to defend the girls state title and get the boys into the state meet as a team,” McClendon said.

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