LaChapelle wins LTCC Invitational |

LaChapelle wins LTCC Invitational

Michael Traum

Dusty LaChapelle hasn’t been running much.

But the Lake Tahoe Community College freshman, who admits to nary a summer workout, won his first collegiate race on Friday when the Kokanee hosted the LTCC Invitational.

LaChapelle, a 1998 South Tahoe graduate, finished the 4-mile course in 27 minutes, 27 seconds.

“I felt good. I haven’t been running. But I’ve been keeping in shape at work,” said LaChapelle, who is employed by a local tree-cutting service. “It was quite a shock to win. I kept thinking the guy was on my tail. All of a sudden nobody was there. It was quite encouraging.”

That guy was Andres Favela of Yuba. And he was right there. But a wrong turn on the course left Favela, who ultimately finished second, lost and running the wrong way.

LTCC coach Terry Adams-Schmidt said the course was well-marked the night before, but the chalk lines had been kicked away by young children during field trip the morning of the race.

“The course will be dialed-in for conference,” she said, referring to Tahoe hosting the Golden Valley Conference championships later this season.

At least one other runner got confused on the course. Thus, coaches from Tahoe, Yuba and Lassen were unable to determine a true team winner of the event.

Tahoe’s Chuck Devers was fifth at 30:49 while Gavin Furman was ninth at 32:18. Adams-Schmidt said she needs one more man, as well as five women, to complete the team. The Kokanee will be ineligible for team scoring at meets, including the championships, until it can field a full compliment of runners.

“I know they are out there,” Adams-Schmidt said. “They don’t have to be great runners. With the training they get, they’ll catch up.”

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