PREP CROSS COUNTRY: Miners run down top-5 finishes at Sub-section Meet
The distance runners from Nevada Union put in another impressive performance and have earned a spot at the upcoming Sac-Joaquin Section Cross Country Championships.
Competing at the SJS Sub-section Meet in Angels Camp, Nevada Union’s girls team placed three runners in the top-eight and claimed second place as a team in Division 3. The boys squad took fifth as team thanks to a pair of top-x individual finishes. The top-10 teams in each division advance to the Section Championships.
“We got the job done,” said Nevada Union head coach Kevin Selby. “That was the purpose of the day, to have a good race and take another positive step forward.”
Leading NU’s girls team was senior Hannah Tiffany, who ran the 3-mile Frogtown Course in 19 minutes, 59.5 seconds. Teammate Mackenzie Morgan (20:13.9) wasn’t far behind and finished sixth. Sephora Wontor (20:44) was next for NU in eighth place.
“Our top three really set the tone,” said Selby. “They were controlled early and they just took care of business.”
Giving the Miners four in the top-15 was sophomore Megan Schreck (21:03.2), who placed 12th.
Del Oro sophomore Riley Chamberlain (19:33.7) won the D3 race. Gregori junior Madison Kackley (18:30.8) notched the fastest time in any division.
In the boys race, the Miners got strong showings from juniors Jake Slade and Travis Selby. Slade was second overall, completing the 3-mile course in a time of 16:33. Travis Selby was next for NU, placing sixth with a mark of 16:47.6. NU’s Antonio Valenti was third for NU, placing 25th overall with a time of 17:20.4.
“Jake (Slade) continued to lead as he’s done all season,” said Kevin Selby, “and Travis, after having some difficult races, has really established himself as one of the top runners in the section.”
Merced senior Cole McKain (15:53.1) was first in D3 and logged the fastest time of any division on the day.
The Miners now turn their attention to the Section Championship Meet in Folsom, where only the top-three D3 teams will advance to the State Championships.
“I think we’re ready to go,” said Kevin Selby. “Our teams are confident and prepared.”
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