The Lake Tahoe School Bobcats track and field team recently competed at the Tah-Neva Middle School Championship meet at Carson High School.
The championship competition was composed of athletes representing 15 schools from area, including Reno, Lake Tahoe and Carson City.
On a beautiful sunny day, the largest-ever Lake Tahoe School team, 36 athletes, competed in a wide range of events, with some standout performances.
In the sixth/seventh-grade girls' division, both Ellyse Kirkland and Serena Singh enjoyed a fantastic meet. Ellyse, a sixth-grade student, figured in the top six in all three events — with a third-place finish in the 80-meter hurdles, a fifth place in a tightly contested 800, and a sixth place in the 1,600.
Serena earned a third-place finish at championships in the girls' triple jump, recording a personal-best jump of 27 feet, 7 inches. She finished close behind Ellyse in the 80 hurdles in sixth place.
In the sixth/seventh-grade boys' division, Noah White led the way for the Bobcats. Noah ran a great race in the 3,200 and was narrowly beaten with a time of 12:14.42 for a second-place finish. He then followed up with a fast 400 race, finishing eighth. Other notable results were Jake Will, who finished seventh in the 3,200, and William Stranzl, who finished eighth in a field of 32 in the 1,600.
For the eighth-graders, the championship meet signaled the end of their middle school athletic careers. Ten athletes represented Lake Tahoe School and enjoyed some great results.
Even though the eighth-grade girls' team only consisted of five athletes, the team still managed to place sixth overall in the team championship standings against the 15 teams present.
For the girls, Julia Golombik stepped on the podium to collect a silver medal with a hard-fought second-place finish in the 3,200. Later in the day, Alaina Chen also collected some hardware with a wonderful performance in the 200 hurdles, coming in third.
Just missing out on a medal was Ella Brieder in the 80 hurdles, coming in fourth. Hannah Laurie, a team captain, had a consistent meet with a sixth place in the 1,600 and two seventh-place finishes in the 80 hurdles and the 800. On short preparation, Amanda Pretti ran a strong anchor on the girls' 4x400 team as they finished seventh.
For the boys, Mitchell Cornell raced hard for a 10th-place finish in the 3,200 and 13th in the 800.
“This has been one of my favorite track seasons as a coach,” said Bobcats head coach Kris Nugent. “The kids worked hard every day to improve, with the results from championships showing their commitment and effort. It was a fun season and I cannot thank my team enough. I wish my eighth-grade athletes the best of luck next year at high school. I'm sure they will continue to enjoy great success in all they do.”