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Truckee cross country: Wolverines strong at Mt. SAC Cross Country Invitational

Teri Rinne
Special to the Sun
Truckee's Ian Smith cruises down a hill during the Mt. SAC Cross Country Invitational last Friday. Smith finished sixth in the Division 4 varsity race.
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WALNUT, Calif. — Just a week before regionals, Truckee High School dominated their California competition at the 69th annual Mt. SAC Cross Country Invitational last Friday.

The girls varsity squad finished third in the sweepstakes (invitational) race against the top Division 4 teams in California while the boys won the Division 4/5 sophomore race. The upperclassmen on the boys team individually finished in the top 10 in their varsity race.

In the girls sweepstakes race, comprised of 12 top teams, the competition was tight with only 10 points separating the first through third team scores: J Serra (San Juan Capistrano) 68 points, Coronado (San Diego) 75 points, and Truckee 78 points. Miramonte (Orinda) was a distant fourth with 120 points.

All five Truckee scorers finished in the top 25 on the 2.93 mile course, with Brenna Wapstra-Scott leading the way in eighth place (19:05), followed by Carrie Bradley in 13th (19:23), Syra Fillat in 18th (19:45), Isabella Terrazas in 19th (19:49) and Claire Lang-Ree in 25th (20:12).

“We took third in a real battle,” Truckee Coach Rob McClendon said. “We just need to find that extra gear to get that big win. We will try to find that over the next two weeks, as we will work to place seven girls in the top 15 at both regionals and state.”

The sophomore boys completely dominated their competition in a field of 17 teams by winning with a total of 59 points to Piedmont’s 103 and Harvard-Westlake’s (Los Angeles) 122 points.

Calin Laine won the two-mile race in 10:02. Right behind him was Ids Propstra in third (10:35), followed by Jordan Guldman in 12th (11:01), KC Larkins in 14th (11:01) and Harry Rodriguez in 49th (11:57).

“It was a true team effort,” McClendon said. “Calin Laine took the lead just before the first mile and did not not look back. It was a modified course due to the heat for the younger runners, but what a great performance by the entire team.”

Top 10 individual performances in other races included the senior duo of Ian Smith in sixth (17:11) and Hudson Verbeck in seventh (17:15) in the Division 4 boys varsity contest. Elizabeth Morgan finished seventh in her Division 4/5 junior varsity race in 12:33 for two miles.

Both Truckee squads are highly ranked in the region, as the girls are in first place and the boys in second place behind Spring Creek. The Wolverines will face off against their regional competition this Friday at Shadow Mountain Park in Sparks at the NIAA Northern Nevada 3A Regional Championships.

The top four teams from the North will advance to the state championships to race against the top four teams from the Southern region. This year’s contest is being held in Las Vegas on Saturday, Nov. 5.