Miners take 3rd at SFL finals
Pouring rain didn’t stop Nevada Union’s cross country team Friday from making a statement at their Sierra Foothill League Championship in Rocklin.
The Miner harriers ran away with two third place team finishes in frosh/soph action, a fourth in girls varsity action, three top five individual finishes, and seven top-ten individual finishes in the SFL.
In varsity/JV girls action, running a 5,000 meter course, Nora Pizella came in fourth with a time of 18 minutes, 37 seconds, followed by Erika Wolf, in fifth with a time of 18:50. Joy Castro-Wehr was 22nd with a time of 20:04, followed shortly by Anya Cooper-Hynell, 23rd with 20:07. Amber Van Hecke was the fifth team scorer coming in with 21:28. Also running were Kristina Cena, Felicia Van Hecke, and Emily Pieper. Angela Dipentino from Woodcreek came away with the win in a time of 18:10. Oak Ridge girls garnered the team win.
Of note, Folsom and NU tied for third in points, but Folsom edged out NU for third place having a combined faster time. NU varsity girls finished fourth.
Max Arnds was the top NU varsity boys runner, crossing the line 15th with a time of 16:44. Following Arnds was Colby Scanlon with 18:08, Josh Harris with 18:53, Evan Des Jardins with 19:21, Skyler Cotton with 19:26, and Nick Pastre with 19:43. Winning the race was Paul Zeiss of Granite Bay, one of the top ranked runners in the state with a time of 15:23, a full 37 seconds ahead of the second place finisher.
In boys frosh/soph 2-mile action, NU’s Ben Fogiel jockeyed for the lead with Woodcreek’s Jorge Pena III. Coming onto the oval from the woods, Fogiel was in front. Then with 100 meters to go, Pena made his move. Fogiel held on, just edging out Pena for the win with a time of 10:45. Also making strong showings were Josh Ross coming in ninth with a time of 11:21, followed shortly by Myles Montgomery in 12th with 11:29. David Clouse was 18th with 11:46, Callan Warner was 21st with 11:50, and Everrett Noel came in at 12:20. Also running were Luke Ericson, Michael Trujillo, and Cyrus Sweet. NU boys took third, just two points behind Del Oro. Granite Bay took the win.
Top finisher for NU girls frosh/soph was Jeralee Groves coming in 10th with 13:56, followed by Alyssa Yonenaka and McKenna Berman coming in together with 14:12, and Trinity Eelkema with 14:15. Also running were Claire Berman and Sara Thomas. Frosh/soph girls came in third.
Nevada Union travels to Angels Camp Saturday for the Sac Joaquin sub-section meet.
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