Truckee XC | Flora, Ariza pace Wolverines at North Tahoe Kiwanis Invite |

Truckee XC | Flora, Ariza pace Wolverines at North Tahoe Kiwanis Invite

Staff report
Courtesy photoTruckee sophomore Skyler Flora and Mammoth's Jody Meads compete at the North Tahoe Kiwanis Invitational this past Friday. Meads won and Flora was second, while the Truckee girls placed third as a team.

The Truckee cross-country team continues to impress.

With a squad of mostly freshmen and sophomores, the Truckee boys finished second out of 13 schools from across Northern Nevada and California while the girls finished third among nine schools at the North Tahoe Kiwanis Invitational this past Friday.

Sophomore Skyler Flora led the Wolverines individually. She finished runner-up to Jody Meads of Mammoth, recording a time of 24 minutes, 18.09 seconds to Meads’ 23:49.31 over the 5,300-meter course.

Truckee senior Ruby Wood finished 19th in 28:18.69, freshman Olivia Yale was 27th in 29:04.50, freshman Kyla Burrill was 32nd in 29:40.59 and freshman Hannah Halvorsen was 35th in 30:00.69.

The underclassmen had the option of competing in the frosh/soph race but instead faced off against mostly juniors and seniors in the varsity race.

Ponderosa (Calif.) won the varsity girls race with 44 points to Incline’s 53 and Truckee’s 77. Truckee edged Bret Harte (78) by a single point, while Atwater (Calif.) was fifth with 118 points.

While they didn’t have enough runners to post a team score, the Sugar Bowl Academy was well represented with two top-15 finishes. Junior Danielle Nivinski finished eighth in 26:37.25 and Katrin Larusson was 13th in 27:41.52.

On the boys side, Truckee sophomore Nathan Ariza and freshman Andrew Clusserath finished sixth and seventh, respectively, to lead the Wolverines in the field of 142 athletes.

Ariza posted a time of 21:59.47 and Clusserath 22:00.34, while North Tahoe runners swept the top three overall, led by Noah McDermott’s win in 20:53.91.

Truckee sophomore Noah Oberriter finished 15th in 22:43.22, senior Alex Kopytko was 26th in 23:17.18 and junior Nick Morgan was 41st in 24:03.81 to round out the Wolverines’ top five scores (the number used to determine the team score).

While the Laker boys ran away with the win, with 43 points, Truckee came in second with 81 points while Elko was a distant third, with 117. Ponderosa (127) was fourth and Atwater (134) fifth.

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