Truckee cross country: Girls take second place at state
Second-year coach Pat Matava set a goal for her Truckee girls to reach this season, and on Saturday, Nov. 7, they met that goal by capturing second place behind Lowry at the 3A Cross Country Championship in Reno.
Annika Deurlington, a junior, led the Truckee girls with a fourth-place finish in the 5-kilometer race with a time of 21 minutes, 52 seconds. Averaging a 7:03 mile, she finished 20 seconds ahead of Lowry competitor Erin Tattersall. Fernley freshman Mariah Anthony won the girls title with a time of 21:27.
Lowryand#8217;s girls earned the team championship with 50 points to Truckeeand#8217;s 54.
and#8220;All the girls really stepped up to be the best they could be,and#8221; said Matava, who is happy to be viewed as a strong competitor. and#8220;We were only five points away from beating Lowry.and#8221;
Boulder City came in third with 55 points, and Spring Creek (59) placed fourth.
All of Truckeeand#8217;s girls finished in the top 26. Ruby Wood, a freshman, placed 12th with a time of 22 minutes, 48 seconds. Junior Carly Clusserath placed 15th in 23:09 and senior Heather Mort placed 16th in 23:19.
Matava commented on Mortand#8217;s effort at the state meet, saying, and#8220;She did a great job of pulling the team together.and#8221;
Lilly Doerner (22nd, 23:54), Gaby Garcia (23rd, 23:55) and Fenja Haas (26th, 24:37) helped Truckee claim second.
Truckeeand#8217;s boys did not qualify for state as a team, although three runners qualified individually.
Chris Gallagher placed 15th with a time of 19:16, Tyler Brooks placed 19th with a time of 19:57 and Kyle Jorgensen placed 39th with a time of 21:14. Matava said she hopes to see more boys join the team next year.
To view complete results from the state championship meet, go to the NIAA website (www.niaa.com).
and#8212; This article was written by Carly Maurer, a sophomore at Truckee High School.