Truckee cross-country: Wapstra-Scott leads Wolverines at Folsom meet
Truckee’s varsity teams will end the regular season at the Mt. SAC Invitational in Walnut, Calif., the world’s largest cross-country meet, on Friday.
For the second time this season, the Truckee cross-country squads traveled down to the hilly and challenging Willow Hills Reservoir Course adjacent to Folsom High School, facing off against nearly 2,000 runners at the Bella Vista Invitational last Saturday.
While technically considered a small school, Truckee competed in the large school division in varsity girls and boys, frosh/soph boys, and junior varsity girls contests.
The varsity girls finished 11th in a field of 24 teams, with junior Brenna Wapstra-Scott becoming the third girl in Truckee history to break 20 minutes on the challenging 5K course. She finished 24th with a time of 19:57.
Scoring points behind her were fellow juniors Julia Veliquette in 57th (21:02), Syra Fillat 66th (21:16), Claire Lang-Ree 67th (21:17) and Amanda Rae 70th (21:19).
The boys varsity team finished 19th in a field of 23 teams, led by senior captain Ryan Murphy in 98th place (18:35) and followed by point-scorers Jenner Murphy, also a senior, in 117th (19:13). Sophomore Tyler Ferrera was 121st (19:18), Hudson Verbeck was 123rd (19:21) and David Dalicandro 138th (19:53).
The boys 3,400-meter frosh/soph race was the largest of the day with 231 runners. Truckee’s all-freshman team finished 16th out of 24 teams: Calin Laine in 48th (12:29), Jordan Guldman in 60th (12:38), Ids Propstra in 115th (13:49), KC Larkins in 125th (14:07) and Harry Rodriguez in 154th (14:46).
Both Nicole Rathbun and Bella Bono achieved personal bests on the 3,400m-meter course in the junior varsity race. Rathbun finished in 129th in 17:17, followed by Bono in 140th in 17:42.
“We are improving every week, and looking forward to the regional meet,” Truckee coach Rob McClendon said.
And for good reason. Currently, the girls are the top-ranked Division I-A team in Nevada, while the boys are ranked sixth out of 23 teams, and fourth in the Northern Region. With the top four teams from the Northern and the Southern regions earning a state championship berth, it may be the first time since 2012 that both the boys and girls teams compete at state.
— This article was submitted to Sports Editor Sylas Wright at email@example.com.
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