PREP CROSS COUNTRY: Miners shine at Sections, punch ticket to state meet
November 18, 2018
Digging in against the top cross country teams in the region at the Sac-Joaquin Section Championships, the Miners struck gold and earned multiple medals, a Division III title banner and a trip south for the 2018 CIF State meet.
Running on the 5K Willow Hills Reservoir course in Folsom, the Nevada Union boys team put forth a championship performance as they placed four in the top 12 and took first place as a team in the D-III race.
Leading the Miners was senior Garrett Gough, who dominated the field and took first place with a time of 15 minutes, 23 seconds. Gough's time was 34.2 seconds faster than the next closest competitor in the D-III race, and was the fastest among all five divisions at the event.
Jake Slade, a sophomore, was next for the Miners, placing sixth with a time of 16:55. Not far behind Slade was NU senior Decker Krogh, who grabbed ninth with a time of 17:04.4. Wyatt Gough followed with a 12th place finish in a time of 17:16.6.
Also putting in strong performances for NU were Cole Barton (18:08.5) in 38th, Travis Selby (18.24.9) in 40th and Antonio Valenti (18.58.7) in 48th.
With the Sac-Joaquin Section D-III title in hand, the NU boys team will now head to Woodward Park in Fresno for the 2018 CIF State Cross Country Championships on Saturday.
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The Nevada Union girls team will also be heading to the state championships after placing third in the D-III race.
Out front for the girls team was sophomore Sephora Wontor, who placed 15th with a time of 20:45.3. Freshman standout Hannah Montgomery wasn't far behind, grabbing 17th with a time of 20:51.8. Mackenzie Morgan was next for NU with a mark of 21:19.3, which was good for 21st. Hannah Tiffany was the fourth Miner in the top 30, placing 29th with a time of 22:18.2. Megan Schreck wasn't far behind in 31st with a time of 22:28.5. Caitlyn Sullivan followed in 37th with a time of 22:35.6. And rounding out the NU runners was Alma Ramirez in 39th with a time of 22:43.6.
It's been more than 19 years since the boys and girls teams qualified for the state championships in the same season.
In the girls D-V race, Forest Lake Christian's Amber Jackson dominated the competition, taking first place with a time of 19:21.9. The next closest competitor came in at 20:13.8.
Jackson will also be advancing to the state championships.
FLC's Lindsay Ussery, Katelin Ussery and Angelika Roybal also competed and helped the Lady Falcons take seventh in the D-V race.
Bear River's Grace McDaniel and Grace Billingsley represented the Bruins in the girls D-IV race. McDaniel placed 27th in a time of 22:46.7, and Billingsley was 30th in a time of 23:08.4.
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