Truckee cross country teams have strong start in Sparks
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TRUCKEE, Calif. — With only two weeks of official training, the Truckee High School cross-country squads performed up to their pre-season buzz at the first meet of the year, the Nature’s Bakery Twilight Invitational at Shadow Mountain Park in Sparks last Friday night.
The preseason coaches poll predicts that Truckee boys will finish in the top three in 3A, while the girls will take the regional title.
Sure enough, the girls team emerged as the top 3A team, finishing fourth in a field of 4A large school teams. The boys team split into two squads, with the freshmen-sophomore team placing third and the varsity contingent finishing in 12th.
Coach Rob McClendon was pleased with his teams’ performances.
“Despite only training for about two weeks, it was impressive running by all,” he said.
The girls team is returning a record seven seniors to the team this year. Brenna Wapstra-Scott led the team with her fifth place finish over the hilly four-kilometer course with a time of 15 minutes, 39 seconds.
Rounding out the scorers were Claire Lang-Ree in 24th (16:45), Carrie Bradley in 31st (16:53), freshman Isabella Terrazas in 32nd (16:59), and Lily Robertson in 39th (17:18).
“Brenna had a great race,” McClendon said, “but the big surprise was freshman Izzy running a spectacular race in her first varsity meet.”
The boys varsity team was led by Ian Smith in 25th place (14:19), followed by scorers Calin Laine in 40th (14:48), Hudson Verbeck in 43rd (14:52), Tyler Ferrera in 107th (16:44) and David Dalicandro in 108th (16:47). Elko and Spring Creek were the only 3A teams that placed higher than Truckee.
Meanwhile, the frosh-soph boys slayed the majority of their 4A competition with their third-place finish. KC Larkins led the squad with his 17th place finish in 15:58, followed by Jordan Guldman in 20th (16:10) and Ids Propstra in 21st (16:12), Harry Rodriguez in 25th (16:24), and Robbie Maxim in 35th (16:54).
“On the boys side we are young,” explained McClendon. “The frosh-soph race was a perfect example of team racing. I think this is a start of something great for the boys.”
Next up for the Wolverines is the North Tahoe Kiwanis Invitational in Tahoe City on Friday, Sept. 9.