Truckee cross-country: Girls win again at North Tahoe Kiwanis Invitational |

Truckee cross-country: Girls win again at North Tahoe Kiwanis Invitational

Truckee's varsity girls won for the third consecutive year at the North Tahoe Kiwanis Invitational last Friday. The varsity girls race featured 149 runners.
Courtesy Donna Morgan |

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Truckee will compete in the Josh Ruff Memorial Cross Country Invitational in Folsom on Saturday.

For the third consecutive year, the Truckee varsity girls won the North Tahoe Kiwanis Invitational. The cast of athletes has changed over time, but the final result remains the same. 

The 3.3-mile course adjacent to North Tahoe High School uses the Tahoe Cross Country Nordic trail system and is the most challenging race on the schedule. Not only is it the longest varsity race, it is also at the highest elevation. This year also had the added challenge of unseasonably high temperatures. 

Despite these challenges, or perhaps because of them, the Truckee varsity girls prevailed in convincing fashion, with a total score of 42, nearly 30 points ahead of second-place Elko. There were 149 runners, with 12 full teams represented. 

Leading the charge was Syra Fillat in 10th place (27:13), followed closely behind three teammates in a pack: Julia Veliquette in 13th (27:28), Lily Robertson in 14th (27:32) and Amanda Rae in 15th (27:33), yielding a mere 20-second gap between them. Olivia Yale rounded out the point-scorers in 30th place (28:35). 

Truckee coach Rob McClendon was impressed by the girls ability to close the time gap and run as a team.

“It was a great team effort on the girls side on a tough course,” he said. “We will need to continue running close together and have a narrow time gap between runners one through five.”

The frosh/soph course was slightly shorter at 2.8 miles, with 102 athletes in the girls race. While there are just two underclassmen on the team, they obviously take their cues from the varsity set. Sophomore Elizabeth Morgan finished in 16th place (25:05) and freshman Monique Fellows made her high school sports debut in 22nd place (26:00).

Meanwhile, the boys teams were equally divided between the varsity and frosh/soph races. All 13 boys earned personal records on the course. The boys varsity contest was the largest race of the day, with 191 athletes and 17 full teams. Truckee boys finished in the top third of the field in sixth place, with 176 points. Home team North Tahoe took top honors with 96 points.

Point scorers on the varsity team were led by Hudson Verbeck in ninth place (21:52), followed by Ian Smith in 13th (22:12), Ryan Murphy in 39th (23:41), Jenner Tresan in 69th (25:21) and David Delicandro in 77th (25:33). 

Truckee’s all-freshman frosh/soph squad placed second to Division I-A rival Spring Creek, 59-39. Scoring points were Jordan Guldman in fifth (20:58), Calin Laine in seventh (21:15), KC Larkins in 15th (22:12), Myles Chisholm in 42nd 24:45 and Harry Rodriguez in 43rd (24:47).  

— This article was submitted to Sports Editor Sylas Wright at

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