The North Tahoe boys continue to steamroll their cross-country competition, most recently at the Sparks Invitational this past Saturday.
Led by a one-two sweep of the top two spots and with four runners in the top 10, the Laker boys easily captured the team win out of 16 schools, including six Division I programs and six from the Division I-A.
North Tahoe, a Division III school, posted a low score of 38 points to runner-up Douglas' 87 and third-place Truckee's 98. The Lakers' top five finishers averaged 17 minutes, 59 seconds on the 5-kilometer course, compared to Douglas' 18:42. And that was without one of their top runners, senior Sean McDermott.
North Tahoe junior Noah McDermott took the overall win in a field of 185 runners, recording a time of 17:18, while senior teammate Patrick McElravey finished second in 17:42. Truckee's Andrew Clusserath was third in 17:48.
Peter Holmes finished fifth in 17:55, Shane Christian was sixth in 17:57 and freshman Julien Bordes was 25th in 19:04 to round out the Lakers' top five scores (the amount used for the team score).
Also competing for the Lakers were Brandon Hackett (28th, 19:14), Dominic Antonucci (29th, 19:16), James Palacio (30th, 19:16), Cam Goldstone (48th, 19:58), Colin Spencer (51st, 20:16), Tyler Olk (20:33), Forrest Smith (20:55), Jackson Shaw (21:33), Kobe Hudson (22:31), Jackson Wood (22:32) and Ryan Heisinger (22:38).
The Lakers didn't fare badly on the girls side, either, placing fifth out of 12 schools.
Sophomore Tara Gallant led the way with a fourth-place individual finish among 138 runners in a time of 20:59. Truckee sophomore Skyler Flora won the race in 19:42, while Katrina Breithaupt of Dayton was second in 20:26 and Katie Peters of Spanish Springs third in 20:31.
The Lakers' Sophia Tallarigo placed 17th in 22:37, Emily Nall was 43rd in 22:43, Camille Joubert 47th in 24:06 and Ingrid Roske 60th in 24:48 to round out North Tahoe's top five scores.
North Tahoe's Kaya Williams (25:42), Holly Lewis (26:27), Riley Chador (27:30) and Erica Backus (29:18) also competed.
The Bishop Manogue girls won the team competition, with 54 points, and were followed by Spanish Springs with 58, Truckee with 72 and Douglas with 75. North Tahoe was fifth with 145 points and South Tahoe sixth with 150.
UP NEXT: The Lakers will compete this Friday and Saturday in the Mt. SAC Invitational in Southern California, which is touted on its website as the largest cross country invitational in the nation, with some 23,000 participants. Regionals are Oct. 25-26 in Reno.