SPARKS – The Wells girls and West Wendover boys ran well Saturday during the Division 1A-2A Nevada State Cross Country Championships at Shadow Mountain Park.
The Lady Leopards and the Wolverines each closed their respective runs with third-place finishes in the team standings.
The Jaguars of Jackpot took sixth place in the boys race.
Wells ranked third in the girls division with a team score of 51 points, missing out on second by one point.
The Meadows took second with 50 points, trailing state champion North Tahoe’s total of 14 points by a wide margin.
Senior Ruth Gale took seventh overall with a time of 21:48 for the Lady Leopards, followed in 15th by senior teammate Liberty Johnson’s time of 24:13.
Sophomore Vanessa Solis wrapped up her first season of cross country with an 18th-place finish in 24:33.
Senior Camberlin Uhlig crossed the line in 25:51 for 26th, and freshman Liliana Cobian set a personal record of 26:25 for 29th place.
Junior Laila Jackson closed her run in 26:45 for 32nd place, and freshman Ana Roque-Luna rounded out the Wells roster with a time of 27:55 for 36th.
The Wolverines could not make up the five points they lost to The Meadows by in the South regional championship, finishing third with a team score of 58 points at state – the Mustangs taking second with 50 points.
North Tahoe booked the double victory, also winning the boys title with a total of 29 points.
Jackpot finished sixth with a team score of 94 points.
Senior Jorge Aguirre finished with a time of 18:03, taking seventh for the Wolverines.
Senior Ricardo Miramontes led the Jaguars and placed 14th with a time of 18:41.
West Wendover senior Daegan Wilcox ranked 17th in 19:06, followed by a 19:21 from senior teammate Joel Rodriguez for 19th.
Jackpot sophomore Hugo Sanchez finished in 20:05 for 27th, and West Wendover sophomore Zach Smith rounded out the top-30 with a time of 20:23.
Freshman teammate Omar Rodriguez closed his run in 20:34 for 33rd, followed in 34th by senior Colton Smith’s 20:52.
Senior Carlos Mata placed 36th in 20:56 for the Jaguars, and senior Elijah Haynes closed the top-40 for the Wolverines with a time of 21:34.
Jackpot’s roster was finished out by junior Jesus Lopez (21:40, 42nd), freshman Carlos Mora (23:01, 45th), freshman Andre Gonzalez set a personal record of 23:03 for 46th, and sophomore Steve Rodriguez closed out the division with a time of 29:42 for 48th.
Congratulations to the Lady Leopards, Wolverines and Jaguars on their cross country seasons and performances during the state meet.