The Lakers continued to build on their track and field results in the all-division Carson Invite on Saturday.
Led by a pair of victories by senior Noah McDermott, the North Tahoe boys finished 10th in a field of 21 teams and second among Division III schools, trailing only Rite of Passage.
The girls, meanwhile, who were led by a second-place finish by Jordan Briggs in the shot put, edged Yerington by a half-point to finish first among Division III schools and ninth overall out of 18 teams.
McDermott showed once again that he’s a contender against any level of competition in his signature track events, the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs.
The two-time defending state champion in both events, McDermott claimed the win in the 1,600 with a time of 4:32.99. He cruised to victory in the 3,200 with a time of 10 minutes flat. Aaron Elissa of Dayton was runner-up in the 1,600, in 4:40.95, and Austin Croxall of Douglas was second in the 3,200, in 10:26.18.
North Tahoe senior Peter Holmes placed third in the 800 in a competitive field of mostly Division I runners. He posted a time of 2:04.09, while Carson’s Corey Reid won in 1:58.06 and Galena’s D’Angelo Burnham was second in 2:02.06.
McDermott and Holmes teamed up with Brandon Hackett and James Palacio to finish seventh overall and tops among DIII teams in the 4 x 800 relay, posting a time of 9:20. Sierra Lutheran was three seconds back (9:23).
The Lakers’ 4 x 200 relay (Nathan Lutz, Hackett, Brandon Hayakawa and Alexander Steele) was ninth in 1:39.70, about four seconds behind Rite of Passage (1:35.40), while the 4 x 400 relay (Max Burkhart, Andy Morgan, Steele and Hackett) also was ninth overall and the top DIII team in 3:46.50.
Among other North Tahoe boys results, Lutz posted a time of 12.10 in the 100, Palacio recorded times of 5:28.50 in the 1,600 and 11:32.80 in the 3,200, Jordan Holst threw 36-01.75 in the shot put and 118-05 in the discus, and Burkhart jumped 15-09 in the long jump and 34-06 in the triple jump.
Well-rounded girls perform well
Briggs, a sophomore, muscled up in the shot put to finish second with a personal-best heave of 32-02.75. Kaylee Turner of Dayton won with a toss of 33-10.75, while Yerington’s Kylee Stevens was the next-highest DIII finisher with a mark of 31-08.25. Briggs also recorded a throw of 90-06 in the discus.
Junior Tara Gallant finished third in the 3,200 and first out of DIII runners, crossing the finish line in 12:32.16. Gallant also was the top DIII runner in the 1,600 and fifth overall, in 5:40.85.
Freshman Quinn Lehmkuhl was eighth in the 1,600, in 5:53.0, Sophia Tallarigo was 10th in the 800, in 2:46.50, and Kaya Williams was eighth in the 3,200, in 13:07.0, and 13th in 1,600, in 6:07.60.
North Tahoe sophomore Allison Wright tied for seventh in the 100 and was the top DIII finisher with a time of 13.30. Wright placed sixth in the 200, in 27.30, which also was the best DIII result.
Angela Wood finished 13th in the shot put (29-06.25), tied for ninth in the high jump (4-06) and tied for 11th in long jump at 14-05. Maddie Cleeland posted a time of 55.90 in 300 hurdles.
In relay racing, the Laker girls 4 x 800 squad of Lehmkuhl, Tallarigo, Holly Lewis and Kristen Gallant finished sixth overall and was the first DIII team in 11:26.0.
North Tahoe’s 4 x 100 relay, which was made up of Wright, Wood, Allie Doyle and Sara Trimm, placed seventh overall and tops among DIII teams in 54.80, and the 4 x 400 team of Tara Gallant, Cleeland, Lewis and Lehmkuhl posted a time of 4:51.30.
Two meets remain on the Lakers’ schedule before the postseason — the Big George Invitational at Douglas this Saturday and the Nevada Union Invitational in Grass Valley on May 9. Regionals will be contested at Lowry High School in Winnemucca on May 16-17. The state championship for all divisions is May 23-24 at Carson High School.