Led by a sixth-place individual finish by freshman Stephanie Homola, the Incline girls cross-country team finished second out of nine varsity teams in the annual North Tahoe Kiwanis Invitational this past Friday.
Homola recorded her top-10 finish in a field of 107 runners from across Northern Nevada and California. She posted a time of 26:18.53, while Jody Meads of Mammoth took the overall win in 24:18.09 over the 5,300-meter course.
Incline junior Sophia Mourelatos (28:05.78), Hannah Laurie (28:11.03), and Kate Ballan (28:14.12) finished 16th, 17th and 18th, respectively, while Molly Franklin (29:12.09) rounded out the top five scores with a 29th place finish. Haley Kennedy (29:16.56) was 30th.
With their top five runners all placing among the top 30, the Incline girls posted a score of 53 points to Ponderosaand#8217;s winning score of 44 points. Truckee was third with 77 points, followed by Bret Harte (78) and Atwater (118).
Out of 141 runners in the varsity boysand#8217; race, Incline junior Evan Vomund led the Highlanders with a 12th place finish in a time of 22:32.46.
North Tahoeand#8217;s boys swept the top three en route to the team win, as Noah McDermott posted a winning time of 20:53.91, Patrick McElravey was second in 21:23.28 and Sean McDermott was third in 21:23.56.
Incline senior Levi Dodge was 16th in 22:49.15, and teammate Daniel Baron was 27th in 23:25.28. Will Cory finished in 28:07.18 as the Highlanders did not have enough runners (five) to record a team score.
As a team, North Tahoe won with a score of 43 points to runner-up Truckeeand#8217;s 81 and Elkoand#8217;s 117.
In the sophomore boys race, Inclineand#8217;s Matthew Hanna and Dylan Smith swept the top two spots, posting times of 20:23.18 and 20:35.25, respectively, on the 4,350-meter course. Incline freshman Julia Golimbik was fourth in the girls frosh/soph race in 25:16.91.
Incline boys also swept the top three places in the freshmen race, as Owen Graffis won in 19:25.22, Josh Lewis was second in 19:26.09 and Ryan Eppolito was third in 20:22.28.