CROSS COUNTRY: Nevada Union harriers take on Mt. Sac Invitational |

CROSS COUNTRY: Nevada Union harriers take on Mt. Sac Invitational

Nevada Union harriers traveled to the 68th annual Mt. Sac XC Invitational in Walnut, Calif., Saturday to race in the “biggest and most prestigious cross country race in the country.”

Last year’s participants numbered 25,000, representing 500 schools from elementary school to college. Numbers were similar this year, with 139 races over three days on the famed course.

The Lady Miners ran in a “sub-sweepstakes,” Division I, varsity race akin to a semi-final, finishing seventh out of 18 teams. Senior Nora Pizzella showed her prowess on the hilly, 3-mile course nabbing an impressive second place out of 121, crossing the finish line in 18 minutes, 23 seconds, 11 seconds behind the first place runner, Bianca Tinoco of Golden Valley. The next Miner across the line was Anya Cooper-Hynell in 16th with a time of 19:22, followed by Erika Wolf, 24th with 19:36, Joy Castro-Wehr, 59th with 20:31, Claire Berman with 21:09, McKenna Berman with 23:24, and freshman Sherianne Green with 24:24, running her first varsity race.

In DI, varsity boys action, the Miners had a fast day with several freshmen making their first varsity appearance. Ben Fogiel led the team, finishing the legendary course in 36th place out of 138 runners in a time of 17:07. Connor Dunne of San Clemente was first with a time of 15:43. Fogiel was followed by freshman Garrett Gough, crossing the line 58th with 17:30, Myles Montgomery with 17:54, freshman Decker Krogh with 18:10, and Josh Harris with 18:37. While most teams had seven members, NU’s five runners placed an impressive 14th.

The Miners head to Rocklin Friday for the Sierra Foothill League championship meet at Springview Park.


Nevada Union JV, freshmen teams fare well at weekend tourneys

The Lady Miners junior varsity and freshmen teams both competed in the Carmichael Tournament of Champions over the weekend, and both teams had strong efforts.

The junior varsity Lady Miners placed second at the JV tourney, going 5-2 overall and beating Pioneer, El Dorado, Lincoln (Bay Area), Colfax, St. Mary’s and Placer before falling in the championship game to Oak Ridge.

Nevada Union’s freshmen team took third in their tournament, going 4-1, and topping Truckee, El Camino, St. Mary’s, and Whitney before losing to Roseville in the semi-finals.

Coaches may submit game reports by email at or by phone at 530-477-4232.

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