The Lake Tahoe School cross-country team kicked off its season this past Friday at the Whittell Warrior Warpath Cross Country Invite.

Fourteen middle schools from around the Tahoe Basin, Reno and Carson City competed on a challenging, wet and fun 1.6-mile course.

The Lake Tahoe School Bobcats produced some fantastic results, despite competing against much larger schools. The team of 18 student-athletes competed in four different divisions and were challenging for top honors in all races.

The Bobcats were led by eighth-grader Hannah Laurie, who posted a fifth-place finish in a tight race that saw the top five girls finish within a minute of each other. Julia Golombik was not far behind in 11th, while in the seventh-grade girls' division, sixth-grader Ellyse Kirkland raced hard and finished 12th.

For the boys, Lake Tahoe School had three runners finish in the top 20 out of 106 runners.

Jake Will led the charge with an eighth-place finish. John Alber (15th) and Noah White (17th) were unlucky to not finish higher than they did after they both suffered hard falls at the river crossing just before the finish line. In the eighth-grade boys' division, Mitchell Cornell battled to a hard-fought 26th-place finish.

The Bobcat cross-country team now looks ahead to its next meet, the North Tahoe Kiwanis Invitational, on Friday, Sept. 16.