PREP CROSS COUNTRY: NU Invitational draws hundreds to foothills
More than 900 high school distance runners from more than 20 schools found their way to the foothills for the Nevada Union Cross Country Invitational Saturday, marking the 54th installment the annual event.
“Its a tough course, but it’s a great first or second meet for a lot of kids,” said NU coach Angie Marino. “They all get to run the same distance, the same course. Everyone runs 3 miles, so you can kind of figure out who the stronger kids are and if you want them to move up from frosh/soph to varsity level.”
The 3-mile course took participants through the cross country trails in the woods near Nevada Union and ended in Hooper Stadium.
The Miners faired well on their home course, placing fourth as a team in the girls (large school) varsity race, and fifth as a team in the boys (large school) varsity race.
Leading the Miners in the girls varsity race was Anya Cooper-Hynell with a fifth place finish in a time of 20 minutes. Nevada Union’s Sheriane Green (20:46) finished in 12th, Erika Wolf (21:26) placed 21st, Claire Henzie (21:48) was 23rd, and McKenna Henzie (22:34) was 35th. Winning the race was Damonte Ranch’s Erin Moyer with a time of 18:56.
In the boys varsity race, NU was led by Ben Fogiel’s 10th place finish with a time of 17:07. NU’s Garrett Gough (17:08) placed 11th, Decker Krogh (17:38) was 20th and Josh Ross (18:14) placed 35th. Taking home the win was McQueen’s Henry Weisberg in a time of 16:04.
“We have a strong boys and girls team this season,” said NU coach Sara Freitas, who also noted the team has an abundance of runners on the frosh/soph team. “We’re a little bit slight on the varsity boys, but we have a massive amount of frosh/soph boys, so the future of the program looks good.”
The Miners placed second as a team in the boys frosh/soph (large school) race, coming in behind Whitney, which had runners finish in the top three spots and in five of the top-6 places. Leading NU was Davis Olsen (18:51) in seventh and Wyatt Gough (19:23) in 13th.
In the boys frosh/soph (small school) race, Bear River placed second behind only Del Oro. Leading the Bruins charge was J.P. Bzorek, placing first with a time of 18:26. Also running well for Bear River was Brekyn Vasquez (19:22) with a sixth place finish, and Caleb Edwards (19:47) with a ninth place finish.
In the girls frosh/soph (large school) race, NU earned seventh as a team and was led by Lylli Davidson (24:25) in 17th.
In the boys varsity (small school race), Forest Lake Christian had a nice showing as it placed fifth as a team. Leading FLC was Titus Mireles (20:51) in 29th.
In the girls varsity (small school) race, FLC had two runners place in the top-20 with Autumn Nootbar (25:35) taking 16th and Angelika Roybal (26:30) placing 19th.
In the girls JV race, Bear River had two runners earn top-10 finishes with Viviana Chavez (22:35) placing third, and Katelyn Meylor (23:46) earning ninth.
In the boys JV race, Bear River’s Justin Dooley (19:37) led his team with a 20th place finish.
The NU cross country team will now turn its attention to the Sierra Foothill League as the first league meet of the season is set for Wednesday.
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