Miners earn 3 gold medals as Pizzella, Migliozzi lead way
Runners from the Nevada Union Miners cross country team traveled to the Sac-Joaquin CIF Subsection meet in Angels Camp Saturday and ran away with Division 1 varsity girls and boys individual titles, a varsity girls team title, six individual finishes in the top 10 and a junior varsity girls sixth place finish, proving their regular practices on the mountains and hills of Nevada County are indeed paying off.
For the Lady Miners, sophomore Nora Pizzella ran away with the varsity girls 5K, winning with an impressive time of 19 minutes 28 seconds, just three seconds ahead of Jeriann Wells of Pleasant Grove. Kristina Martinez finished fifth (20:06), Erika Wolf was sixth (20:10), Karina Martinez grabbed 25th (20:47), Joy Castro Weir was 31st (20:51) and Kali Arvidson crossed the line in 48th (21:40) in a field of 147 runners. As a team, the NU varsity girls finished first with 66 points, ahead of Woodcreek with 73, and 19 other teams. The victory qualifies them for the section meet, where they can take along an additional 10 members, in the hopes of qualifying for the CIF State meet.
In varsity boys action, Garrett Migliozzi led the charge, finishing first once again in his race with a time of 15:43, which was an astonishing 48-second lead over Luis Romo of Woodcreek, who took second. Not only was Migliozzi’s time the fastest for Division 1 schools, but for the entire meet. This secures him a spot at the CIF Section meet. Max Arndt and Skyler Cotton crossed the finish line simultaneously with a time of 19:27, Evan DesJardin came in at 20:13 and Yoshi Zinjenzi finished in 21:38.
For the JV girls division, Michaela Hawkins finished ninth (21:34), Marina McKenzie was 14th (22:05), Amber Van Hecke came in at 23:12, followed by Holly Harrison (23:48), Maddie Campbell (24:51), Felicia Van Hecke (25:32) and Kelly Rutherford (27:11). As a team, they finished sixth, which also secured them a place in the section meet.
In the JV boys race, Devon Cloud finished 11th with a time of 18:07, securing him an individual slot at sections. Nick Pastre came in at 21:07, followed by Kyler Vaughn (22:12) and Alex Voboril (22:20). For the frosh/soph girls two-mile race, NU’s Alyse P. finished third with a time of 13:46, advancing her to CIF Sections. Also running Saturday were McKenna Berman (15:50), Caitlin Johnson (16:09), Kelsey Arvidson (16:53) and Sara Thomas (16:59). Finally, the frosh/soph boys ran in the sophomore only race with Josh Harris finishing 20th with a time of 12:20; following shortly behind was Colby Scanlon (12:24), Myles Montgomery (12:48), Everett Noel (12:56), Callan Warner (13:00), Kyle Panno (14:21) and Sam Longmire (14:42). Harris and Scanlon will be advancing to CIF Sections.
The Miners travel to Folsom next weekend for the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section meet, the final qualifier for State.
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