Truckee boys qualify for XC state meet

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Truckee junior Micah Silver runs to a first-place finish at zones this past Thursday.
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By Sylas Wright
Sierra Sun
October 30, 2007

Micah Silver appears polished and ready to take on the state.

The Truckee High junior placed first individually in the Northern 3A Regional Cross Country Championships in Reno on Thursday - and he did it by more than 20 seconds.

Silver, who placed third at state a year ago, completed the 5-kilometer run in 18:08.83 to top defending state champion Matt Pike of Lowry, who finished in 18:30.01.

Truckee coach Robby McClendon said Silver “sat on (Pike)” - or trailed closely behind the Lowry runner - for most of the race. The coach said at one point Pike made a wrong turn, and Silver stopped and waited for him to return to the course.

In addition to Silver’s winning performance, Truckee’s Max Salinger and Hansen LeClair posted top-10 finishes and the Truckee boys took the second spot as a team behind Lowry.

The second-place effort qualified the Truckee boys to compete in the 3A state championship, which will be held at Thursday’s venue, Reno’s Rancho San Rafael Park, on Saturday. Dayton’s boys placed third and also will be running in the state meet.

Lowry won with 39 points, followed by Truckee’s 49 and Dayton’s 62. Lowry posted an average time of 19:25, while Truckee averaged 19:30.53 and Dayton 19:54.25.

Salinger, Truckee’s only senior boy, placed fourth individually with a time of 18:56.33. LeClair, a junior, was eighth in 19:38.40.

Truckee’s Tyler Brooks was 16th in 20:06.97, followed by teammates Daniel DeLaney (22nd, 20:40), Stefan Benier (33rd, 22:24.75), and Kevin Lufkin (43rd, 24:48.80).

With the 3A boys title up for grabs this weekend, McClendon said he thinks Lowry and Truckee are the teams to beat from northern Nevada and Faith Lutheran is the top team from the south.

“Hopefully we can upset Lowry and Faith Lutheran and come out with the state title. That’s what I’m hoping for,” McClendon said.

But, the coach said, while one of those three teams seems most likely to take the title, “anything can happen” in a cross country meet - especially when competing for a state title.

And if Salinger and LeClair, as well as the other Truckee boys, run their best races, McClendon likes his team’s chances.

“I think Max can actually run second (place in state) and Hansen fourth. I really believe that,” he said. “It’s just a matter of them doing it.”

Truckee’s girls did not fare as well as the boys.

Despite two top-10 finishes from freshman Annika Deurlington and sophomore Hanna Casares, the Wolverines placed fourth as a team behind Lowry, Spring Creek and Dayton, and did not qualify for state.

Deurlington placed seventh with a time of 24:15.97 and Casares 10th in 24:33.19 to qualify individually for state. Dayton’s Theresa Hardy was first in 22:58.43.