Several hundred miles from home, facing runners from across the state, the North Tahoe boys cross-country team still decimated its competition.
Led by Noah McDermott's individual win and four top-six finishes, the Laker boys placed first out of 24 Division 5 schools in one of the nation's largest meets, the Mt. SAC Cross Country Invitational in Southern California, this past Friday.
It wasn't even close, either, as North Tahoe posted a winning low score of just 33 points to runner-up St. Joseph's 115. The Lakers' average time for their top five runners was 1:25:16 to St. Joseph's 1:30:17.
McDermott continued his torrid season by recording yet another victory, this time in a field of 167 runners. And it wasn't close. The North Tahoe junior finished in a winning time of 16:16 over the 2.93-mile course, while Jake Landreth of Ontario Christian was second in 16:37.
North Tahoe senior Patrick McElravey was third overall in 16:44, teammate Shane Christian was fifth in 17:07, Peter Holmes was sixth in 17:10 and Brandon Hackett was 18th in 17:59 to round out the Lakers' top five scores (the amount used for the team result).
Julien Bordes, racing in place of Sean McDermott, was 30th in 18:18, and Dominic Antonucci was 61st in 19:27.
In the girls race, North Tahoe finished seventh out of 20 Division 5 schools, led by an eighth-place finish by sophomore Tara Gallant. Gallant posted a time of 20:46 on the same course as the boys. Ashley Flores of Sacred Heart won in 19:29.
Following Gallant were teammates Sophia Tallarigo, who was 15th in 21:40, Emily Nall (44th, 23:39), Kaya Williams (64th, 24:29), Ingrid Roske (83rd, 25:12), Holly Lewis (84th, 25:23) and Camille Joubert (29:18). A total of 136 girls raced.
The Lakers will enter the Northern Division III/IV regional championship at Rancho San Rafael Park in Reno on Friday. Boys race at 10 a.m. and girls at 12:30 p.m.