Truckee High boys, girls cross-country qualify for state meet
Special to the Sun
TRUCKEE, Calif. — The Truckee High School cross-country squads both qualified for the NIAA State Championships last Friday on a soggy Shadow Mountain Park course in Sparks.
It is the first time since 2012 both the boys and the girls teams are advancing to the state meet.
The girls varsity squad was narrowly defeated by Spring Creek for the regional crown. A mere one point separated the two teams, 38 to 39.
Brenna Wapstra-Scott finished second to Spring Creek’s Rylie Lusk in 20 minutes, 26 seconds. Isabella Terrazas finished in fourth (20:40), followed by Carrie Bradley in fifth (20:56), Claire Lang-Ree in eighth (21:01) and Lily Robertson in 21st (22:29). Syra Fillat finished in 22nd (22:47) and Amanda Rae in 25th (23:13).
Spring Creek, Truckee and South Tahoe girls teams will represent the northern region in Las Vegas.
The boys varsity team finished in third place to earn their ticket to states, with Spring Creek boys also taking the regional crown and Elko placing second.
As he’s done all season, Ian Smith led the charge for Truckee with a fifth place finish (17:58), followed by Calin Laine in sixth (18:03), Hudson Verbeck in 15th (19:04), Ids Propstra in 18th (19:21), and Jordan Guldman in 20th (19:27). KC Larkins finished in 31st (19:57) and David Dalicandro in 39th (20:49).
Head Coach Rob McClendon said he is looking forward to the state championship contest next Saturday in Las Vegas.
“This week we ran well, but we are more focused on next week,” he said. “We ran well enough to get in, but we will have to execute a team strategy to get the win on both sides. This week we will focus on finding that winning edge.”
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