Truckee cross-country: Wolverines prime for postseason in SoCal meet
Truckee will compete in the Northern Division I-A regional championship this Saturday at Rancho San Rafael Park in Reno. The top four teams from regionals will advance to state, which will be held the following Saturday at the same venue. The girls team will try to defend its back-to-back regional and state titles, while the boys will attempt to qualify for a state berth for the first time since 2012.
The Truckee cross country squads traveled to Southern California last Friday to compete in the 66th Annual Mt SAC Invitational, which is billed as the world’s largest meet.
It is held over two weekends, with 135 races and 25,000 runners, ranging from elementary school to community college. The challenging course, known for its infamous hills, measures 2.93 miles.
For the third year running, Truckee fared well against its California Division 4 competition. The varsity girls won their race, while the varsity boys placed seventh.
In the varsity girls race, Truckee prevailed against 20 teams and 167 runners from California and Arizona, with a score of 86 points, followed by La Canada with 100 points.
Brenna Wapstra-Scott led the way with her eighth-place finish (19:37), followed closely behind by Carrie Bradley in 10th (19:55). Claire Lang-Ree finished was 16th (20:21), Syra Fillat 23rd (20:51), Amanda Rae 29th (20:59) and Lily Robertson 38th (21:05).
The varsity boys race consisted of 26 teams and 184 runners. Hudson Verbeck led Truckee in 18th place (17:15), followed by Ian Smith in 26th (17:32), Ryan Murphy in 36th (17:46), Jenner Tresan in 62nd (18:28), Tyler Ferrera in 83rd (18:52) and David Delicandro in 102nd (19:18).
The freshmen boys were one runner shy of registering a team score in the Division 4/5 Frosh race, but their average time and mile pace was the best of all 18 teams.
Oaks Christian won the race with a 19:50 average time and a 6:37 mile pace, while Truckee had a 19:31 average time and a 6:30 mile pace. Calin Laine finished in 9th (18:33), followed by Jordy Guldman in 14th (18:53), Ids Prostra in 46th (20:11) and KC Larkins in 54th (20:28).
Other top performances included Olivia Yale’s fourth-place finish in the Division 4/5 JV race of 149 runners with a time of 22:47, and Elizabeth Morgan’s 14th place finish in Division 4/5 Sophomore race in a field of 169 with a time of 22:09.