The Lake Tahoe School Bobcats cross-country team recently competed at the Tah-Neva Middle School Cross Country Championship meet at the Kahle Park Cross Country Course in South Lake Tahoe.
Two courses were set for the championships, with the sixth/seventh-grade division covering 2.13 miles and the eighth-grade division running 2.64 miles. The championship meet was comprised of 15 schools, with more than 400 runners competing from the Tahoe Basin, Reno and Carson City.
In the sixth/seventh-grade boys division, 129 runners took part in the race, with Daniel Duran leading the way for the Bobcats. Duran finished ninth with a time of 15:16. Lucas Tong finished 22nd, Max Roberts was 36th and Cole Matteson 41st.
Other impressive results for the boys were Johnny Redfern (52nd), Tommy Ornburg (65th), Zach White (69th), Cooper Lyons (82nd), Matthew Cornell (102nd) and Cole McKinley (106th). In the overall team championship, the sixth/seventh-grade boys team finished sixth with 152 points, behind champions North Tahoe with 44 points.
For the sixth/seventh-grade girls, Ellyse Kirkland ran a fantastic race to finish within a minute and a half of the winner. She crossed the line in the fifth spot with a time of 16:02.06.
With 109 girls in the race, other outstanding performances were Sophia Reed (50th), Sabrina Raydon (54th), Sarina Baratta (64th) and Clara Hart (95th).
In the eighth-grade division boys race of 2.64 miles, Noah White and John Alber, both team captains, represented the Bobcats with two great efforts. Both boys raced hard, with White enjoying a fifth-placed finish with a time of 18:51, and Alber battling hard for a 42nd-place finish in a race of 76 boys.
Coach Kris Nugent had nothing but praise for his entire team after championships.
"I am so proud of my team - not only for their efforts at championships, which were fantastic, but also for their dedication, effort and team spirit throughout the entire season," he said. "This was my largest ever team, with 21 athletes, and they represented themselves and our school amazingly.
"I wish my eighth-graders well as they move to the high school team next year, and I'm already looking forward to next season with my younger runners."
- This article was submitted to the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza.