Truckee cross country | Undefeated Flora wins Reed Invite
The Truckee girls once again showed their dominance over their NIAA rivals at the Reed Invitational this past Friday.
A total of 21 teams participated, 12 of which were larger Division I programs. Not only did the Truckee girls win the meet for the second year in a row, they set a new average-time record of 20:43, a 25-second improvement over the previous record set by Reno High back in 2005 and an impressive 2:17-minute improvement over their win last year.
Skyler Flora, a junior, extended her undefeated streak with a commanding win in 19:05 over the demanding 5-kilometer course consisting of practically every cross country surface: grass, dirt, pavement and a finish on the Reed High track. With its three hill climbs, the third of which is the steepest, it is considered one of the most challenging cross-country courses in Nevada.
Flora raced neck-in-neck with Douglas’ Lindsey Adams, the 2011 Division I state champion. Adams passed Flora on the final climb only to have Flora sail past her on the descent, winning by a 5-second margin.
The Flora-Adams duel resulted in the second and third fastest times in the Reed Invitational’s nine-year meet history, 22 seconds behind the meet record set by Mel Lawrence of Reno (18:43).
Rounding out the podium was Truckee’s Gabrielle Rinne, finishing third in 20:00 flat, the fourth fastest female in meet history.
The Truckee freshmen dynamic duo of Carrie Bradley and Claire Lang-Ree easily placed in the top 10 with sixth- and eighth-place finishes in 20:59 and 21:17, respectively. Amanda Rae, another freshman phenom, also scored points for Truckee, placing 20th (22:13).
The Truckee boys team was missing two of its top five performers due to injury and illness and finished ninth overall.
There were two seniors who placed in the top half of the field — Nick Morgan in 20th (18:33) and Simeon Murphy in 33rd (19:10). Other point scorers were sophomore Jared Murphy in 65th (20:24) freshman Hudson Verbeck in 70th (20:43) and sophomore Jenner Tresan in 75th (21:04).
Perhaps the most impressive statistic of the meet was comparing the times of the eight Truckee runners who raced at last year’s Reed Invitational. Every racer saw marked improvement, ranging from 1:41 to 4:26. Most improved were Holden Reed, a senior, who shaved 3:25 off his previous time, down to 22:13, and sophomore Nikki Rathbun, who registered an astounding 4:26 year-over improvement, down to 28:00.
The Wolverines will race in the Sparks Invitational at Rancho San Rafael Park in Reno on Friday.
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North Tahoe senior Etienne Bordes had a standout day on the track in Colfax, capturing a pair of first-place finishes as athletes from nine other schools competed at Friday’s invitational.