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Area teams off running in Rocklin

Western Nevada County’s top high school cross country runners will test themselves against the best the Sac-Joaquin Section has to offer at the section championship meet at Sierra College in Rocklin Saturday.

Both the Nevada Union boys and girls and Bear River’s boys team will make a run at the Division I and Division III team titles, respectively.

Division I will send its top three boys teams and top two girls teams to the state meet in Fresno, Nov. 30.



In Division III, the top two boys teams qualify.

The top five individuals not on those teams will also qualify for the state meet as long as they finished in the top 12 overall.




Matt Freitas, who took 10th at the subsection meet with a time of 16 minutes, 34 seconds, will lead the way for NU’s boys over the three-mile course.

Luke Ridens (15th, 16:46), Patrick Lane (28th, 17:11), Trevor Robertson (29th, 17:13) and Brian Dell (33rd, 17:17) will look to propel the Miners to the state meet.

For the girls, Whitney Stephenson (12th, 19:32) and Shannon Lingo (17th, 20:02) will be out front for NU.

The Lady Miners also look to Randi Fairweather (24th, 20:25) and Shannon Buckley (31st, 20:25) to run well.

Shawn Lawrence will pace the Bear River boys’ team hopes.

Lawrence, a senior who took 18th at the subs with a time of 17:17, will be pushed by teammates Pat Lohse (33rd, 17:51) and Greg Rhodes (39th, 18:00).

Bear River’s Nellie Giammona earned a spot in the girls D-III finals with 19th place finish at the subs.

KNOW & GO

WHAT: Cross Country Section Meet

WHEN: 11:15 a.m. today

WHERE: Sierra College in Rocklin


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