The Lakers posted impressive results, including a new school record, in their final track meet of the regular season this past Friday.
Competing against large schools from across Northern California in the Nevada Union Invitational, junior Tara Gallant established a North Tahoe school record en route to a first-place finish in the 3,200-meter run, posting a time of 11:53.77. Nora Pizzella of Nevada Union was runner-up in 11:56.24, and North Tahoe sophomore Kaya Williams was 10th in the race with a time of 12:57.11.
North Tahoe senior Noah McDermott, meanwhile, posted a season-best time of 4:28.93 in the 1,600, which placed him third in a field of 50 runners. He finished seventh out of 33 runners in the 3,200, in 10:10.25.
The times make McDermott a serious threat to secure his third consecutive state title in both events at the Nevada Division III state championships on May 23-24 — he won his titles last year with times of 4:31.81 and 10:33.52, respectively.
Freshman Quinn Lehmkuhl led the Laker girls in the 1,600, as she finished eighth with a time of 5:34.32. She was followed by teammates Sophia Tallarigo (5:50.94) in 13th and Williams (5:52.09) in 15th. Kristen Gallant posted a time of 6:43.60.
Lehmkuhl (2:40.05) and Tallarigo (5:50.94) placed 16th and 17th, respectively, in the 800, while Ingrid Roske finished in 3:00.50 and Kristen Gallant in 3:01.04.
North Tahoe sophomore Allison Wright showed her speed in the sprint events, placing 15th in the 100-meter dash in 13.76 seconds and 11th in the 200 in 27.67. Holly Lewis was 20th in the 400 with a time of 72.74, and Allie Doyle was 19th in the 200, in 28.67.
Maddie Cleeland finished 19th in the 300 hurdles (55.86) and 21st in the 100 hurdles (19.72), while the Laker girls 4x100 relay was seventh in 54.28 and their 4x400 relay was sixth in 4:47.43.
Angela Wood and Jordan Briggs powered up in the shot put. Wood placed fifth in the event with a throw of 32-09.25, and Briggs was sixth with a toss of 32-08.5. Michelle Grijalva threw 24-09.75.
Briggs also fared well in the discus, throwing 97-03 for 10th place. Sara Trimm was 17th with a throw of 83-02, and Grijalva threw 66-06.
Wood also recorded a top-10 finish in the long jump, coming in eighth with a leap of 14-08.5. Kyla Pierce jumped 11-09 in the long jump and 25-02 in the triple jump. Doyle was 10th in the high jump, clearing 4-06, and Pierce was 12th, clearing 4-04.
North Tahoe senior Peter Holmes posted an eighth-place finish in the 800 with a time of 2:03.86. Teammate Kobi Hudson finished in 2:27.10.
Holmes also placed 13th in the 1,600, posting a time of 4:41.41, while James Palacio finished in 4:58.32, Cam Goldstone in 5:04.51 and Hudson in 5:30.46.
In the 3,200, Goldstone was 17th in 11:00.50 and Palacio was 19th in 11:11.75.
Brandon Hackett finished 14th in the 200 with a time of 24.21, and Alexander Steele recorded a time of 25.74. Nathan Lutz crossed the finish line of the 100 in 12.43. The North Tahoe boys 4x100 relay was 11th in 47.24.
Senior Jordan Holst led the Laker boys in the field events, as he finished seventh in the discus with a heave of 125-04. Nick Joslin was 24th with a throw of 104-11, Thomas Cornwell threw 83-00, Colton Wood 79-04 and Jacob Buhler 76-09.
In the shot put, Wood threw 33-08, Joslin 32-01, Cornwell 30-07 and Buhler 27-09. Holst fouled.
Max Burkhart was 15th in the high jump, clearing the bar at 5-04, and was 19th in the long jump with a jump of 17-11 and 20th in the triple jump at 31-03. Andy Morgan jumped 13-04.5 in the long jump.