South Tahoe Middle School runners finish season at Tah-Neva Championships
STATELINE — At the Tah-Neva Championships, South Tahoe Middle School cross country runners showed that hard work and determination pays off. The Timberwolves delivered strong performances at the meet held at Kahle Community Park on Friday, Oct. 16, including first-place finishes from both the boys and girls eighth grade teams.
Fifteen schools attended the meet, and racers competed in cloudy skies. The cool weather provided excellent conditions for the race.
In the eighth grade girls race, South Tahoe’s Hannah Trew completed her undefeated season. Trew took first in league, running the 2.63-mile course in 18:52 to help STMS to a first-place team finish.
Carissa Buchholz took third for the Timberwolves, finishing with a time of 19:26. South Tahoe had six girls in the top 10, including Mooreah Davison (sixth), Briyona Ziegler (seventh), Eliana Carney (eighth) and Riley Cain (ninth); Melanie Maher and Anna Mendoza each rounded out the STMS group.
South Tahoe’s eighth grade boys team also took first place in league. Racing without Josh Bull, the Timberwolves boys took it up a notch and put forth some of their best performances of the season — two points separated the top two teams.
Oscar Marzocco was the Timberwolves’ top runner, coming in fourth after completing the 2.63-mile course in 18:31. Close behind were Josh Novak (seventh, 18:58) and Logan Chapman (eighth, 19:00); Matt Sullivan placed 18th followed by Frankie Aquilina, Lars Ramsos, Gavin Breen, Alex James and Anthony Pedigo.
In the seventh grade girls race, South Tahoe finished second behind Alder Creek. The Timberwolves’ top runners were Kiera Emmett (15:55) and Nina Seemann (15:56), who placed sixth and seventh respectively on the 2.15-mile course.
Lauren Ramsos (14th, 16:56), Mackenzie Nealis (15th, 16:57) and Myliana Blanchard (18th, 17:46) all finished in the top 20 for the Timberwolves. South Tahoe runners Freya Cain, Corinne Goldberg, Alexi Haven, Sydney Tannaci and Elisa Roberts also raced well in the field of 108 runners.
South Tahoe’s seventh grade girls team took fifth place on the 2.15-mile course. The Timberwolves’ top runner was sixth-grader Ben Miller, who took seventh with a time of 14:39.
Liam Molesworth crossed the finish line next for South Tahoe, placing 28th out of 165 runners by running a 15:47. STMS’ top runner throughout the season Leyton Sweeny overcame a fall and finished with a time of 15:54.
Khimana Khimikaua (16:02) and Jazon King (16:33) rounded out South Tahoe’s top five. Kobe Sitchon, Miles Hamburg, Ivan Keysernorris, Brody Cox, Kai Collin, Read Gallas, Will Bias, Ivan Uribe, Jacob Dennis, Zephyr Jones and Max Frye also raced for the Timberwolves.
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