Gardnerville's Wade Meddles continues to make the most of only his second season running high school cross country meets.
The Sierra Lutheran senior finished runner-up Saturday in the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships West Regional in Walnut, Calif.
Meddles led for much of the race until Brian Shrader of Flagstaff, Ariz., passed him in the final 200 meters. Their 5-kilometer times were 15 minutes, 25 seconds and 15:29, respectively.
Both runners advance to the national championship race Saturday at Balboa Park in San Diego. Only the top 10 competitors from each regional qualified for the national finals.
Carson High senior Richard Shroy, the Nevada 4A state champion, placed 28th in 16:12.
Kelsey Smith of South Lake Tahoe was 43rd in the 109-runner girls' seeded race and was timed in 19:32. Carson's Katherine McFarren, who finished runner-up to Smith in the Nevada regional and state meets, was 60th in 19:50.
Poway's Molly Grabill took first place in 17:55.