The Carson High boys and girls cross country teams had an encouraging showing at the University of Nevada Twilight Meet held on Friday night at Rancho San Rafael Park.
And the Senators got a good indication already of where they stand in the Northern 4A in the opening meet of the year.
Carson's boys finished fifth out of 21 schools in the meet as it finished behind both Northern 4A and fellow Sierra League teams Galena and Reno High. South Tahoe's boys took 11th. Those four schools have made themselves the favorites to be the four teams who advance to the Northern 4A meet.
Reno won the event in one hour, 14 minutes, 12 seconds while Galena was fourth in 1:14.49. Carson was sixth in 1:16.23. It should be noted that the Senators were missing one of their top runners in Logan Philippi.
Richard Shroy took fifth in the boys race, finishing about 50 seconds behind overall winner Bryan Tibaduiza of Galena. "Richard was right on his tail," Carson coach Pete Sinnott said. There were 250 boys in the race.
Also for Carson, Nick Schlager took 15th, Brenth Moyle was 48th, Zach Mapes was 53rd, David McMasters was 62nd, Brandon Bournacorsi was 72nd, Evan Richards was 83rd, Andrew Richards was 114th, Josh VanSickle was 124th and Joe Ward was 152nd.
Carson's girls finished 10th, but was missing two of its top runners in Yvonne Hollett, who took fourth in last year's NIAA 4A State meet, and Laura Sosa. Kelsey Smith led a 1-2 finish for South Tahoe in the individual standings as Shelby McIntyre took second.
The Vikings took second overall, just five points behind champion Woodcreek of California. Smith finished the 4,000-meter course in 16:25.
For the Senators, Jenny Mital was 15th in 17:50, Amanda Gordon was 19th in 18:12, Erica Sosa was 64th, Haley Ward was 75th, Darcy Clark was 114th and Ashley Salcedo was 115th.
"There were a lot of good schools from California," Sinnott said. "The kids really did great. They had an outstanding meet.
"There was a lot of good fast kids in the meet. The competition was really strong. We've got a lot of work to do. We got a look at everybody."