Prep roundup: NU, Bear River triumphant on trails
Nevada Union’s cross country team made another impressive showing Saturday in Half Moon Bay at the Artichoke Invitational, bringing home two individual first places, a third-place team finish and six top-10 finishes.
The 2.33-mile course wound around Half Moon Bay High School’s ball fields, through the stadium, up two hills, one mild and one in the last mile referred to as “the wall.”
Setting the stage for NU’s day was freshman Erika Wolf in the frosh/soph division, who was in third going into the final mile through the woods and approaching “the wall” but came out in first with a time of 15 minutes 31 seconds, 21 seconds ahead of the 180 other competitors in the field.
Freshman Alyse Perdue finished fourth with a time of 16:13. Other freshman runners rounding out the team score were Caitlyn Johnson (19:08), McKenna Berman (19:15), Kelsy Arvidson (20:24), and Sarah Thomas (20:52). The NU girls frosh/soph team finished sixth out of 17 teams, with Lynnbrook taking the win.
The Nevada Union varsity girls continued to run strong, finishing third as a team, missing second by just two points. Working together in an exciting race, were junior Kristina Martinez (15:17), sophomore Nora Pizzella (15:20), and junior Karinna Martinez (15:26) sweeping eighth, ninth and 10th places respectively, out of 130 runners. Rounding out the team score were sophomore Joy Castro-Weir (16:22) and junior Amber Van Heck (17:20). First place went to Madison Ricks of California High School (14:14). Team Monte Vista finished first with Leland second.
In the final race of the day, senior Garrett Migliozzi put on a show, virtually tied for first rounding the turn into the stadium. With approximately 150 meters left, around the end of the track and across the field, Migliozzi sprinted past the Half Moon Bay opponent, winning the race in a near-record-setting pace of 11:54.
Other NU varsity boys in this very competitive race with 159 runners were junior Max Arnds (13:33), junior Skyler Cotton (14:38), Evan DeJardin (14:54),Yoshi Jinzenji (16:01) and Nick Pastre (16:02).
Sophomore Josh Harris was the top finisher in this competitive boys frosh/soph division bringing home a medal for 18th place (out of 254) with a time of 13:58.
First place went to Justin Robinson of Lynnbrook (12:54). Other NU runners in this division were freshman Lars Weston (14:24), sophomore, Colby Scanlon (14:37), freshman Myles Montgomery (14:45), freshman Callan Warner (15:08), freshman Everett Noel (15:49), freshman Kyle Panno (18:12), and freshman Sam Longmire (18:21). NU fosh/soph boys finished in sixth place out of 24 teams; Lynbrook took first.
NU girls junior varsity ran Daphne Tillotson (19:28), Kelly Rutherford (20:00) and Felicia van Hecke (21:41). There were no NU JV boys competing.
NU cross country is back in action Wednesday at 4 p.m. at NU, hosting a Sierra Foothill league meet.
Bear River burns through Wildfire Invitational
The Bear River cross country team raced at the Wildfire Invitational at Foresthill High School Saturday, taking 12 runners and setting 10 personal bests on the 5K course.
The highlight of the day was the girls varsity team of six runners shaking off a slump and running really well, taking first place in the Division IV race.
Leading the team was Sierra Mitchell in fifth place with a time of 21:11. Next was Viviana Chavez in seventh with an impressive time of 21:47. Rounding out the team was Jessica Meylor in ninth (22:30), Cecilia Malik in 11th (23:17), Olivia Kirks in 21st (25:41) and Taylor Autrey in 26th with a time of 26:58.
In the boys varsity Division IV race, the Bruins had some impressive times as well. Brandon Murphy lead the team and part way through the race battled for first place. Although he wasn’t able to hang on to that position, he still finished with a personal best time of 17:42 in fourth place. Patrick Gillis was the second Bruin across the finish in 18th place with a time of 18:19 and J.T. Miller rounded out the boys team in 55th (21:57).
The Bruins cross country team travels to Fresno Saturday to compete in the Clovis Invitational at Woodward Park.
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