The week ahead |

The week ahead

If Sara Freitas and Gene Gilligan get performances today like their Miners produced in the season’s first Metro Conference cross country meet, NU will no doubt leave the rest of the league lagging well behind in the race for a Metro crown.

The Miners welcome their conference foes to Grass Valley today in the second Metro Center Meet. Each of the two Center meets are worth half the amount of points toward team standings as the season-ending Metro Conference Championship meet.

NU’s boys and girls varsity teams both took first place in the Sept. 15 Metro meet at McClatchy High School. Nevada Union placed four runners among the top 10 in the varsity girls competition, led by Shannon Lingo in fourth place. Lucie McKirdy (sixth), Shannon Buckley (seventh) and Karly Powell (eighth) also were top 10 finishers.

“Granite Bay is probably our top competition on the girls’ side,” said NU girls coach Sara Freitas. “We feel pretty confident. It’s on our home course and that’s to our advantage.”

NU’s boys were led by Andrew Primrose’s third-place finish, while Sean Lane took fifth place, Parker Brown sixth, Dan Freitas ninth and Nathan Taylor took 10th.

“I think we’re going to do OK. We’ve had some injuries, but we’ve also had some people come back who were out earlier,” said NU boys coach Gene Gilligan. ” As we get into the championship part of season, I think will be stronger then.

“Granite Bay has a large team, but they didn’t seem to be as effective at the last meet at (Cal) Expo. Yuba City is getting stronger and Kennedy always has full team. Hiram Johnson has one of better runners in section but doesn’t have a whole team.”

Today’s action begins at 3:45 p.m., with the boys and girls frosh/soph races, followed by the varsity boys and girls. The start line is located at Nevada Union’s lower athletic field, with the finish line set at Hooper Stadium.

The Metro Conference Championship meet, scheduled for Oct. 30, will be run at Folsom High School.

Other key matchups:


Lincoln at Bear River – This matchup pairs two of the top three teams in the Pioneer Valley League standings, as the Bruins (5-4-1 overall, 3-2-1 PVL) play host to the Zebras ((4-8-2, 4-1-1) at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.


McClatchy at Nevada Union – Earlier this year NU recorded its first ever win over the Lions by a 7-2 count, now McClatchy comes to Grass Valley looking for redemption in this 3:20 p.m. matchup Thursday. NU head coach Mike Blake said he doesn’t believe the Lions played up to their potential the first time around and expects a closer contest Thursday.


Bear River at Colfax – Even though the rivalry between the Bruins (6-4 overall, 5-0 league) and Falcons (10-1, 4-0) is intriguing enough to get fans over to Colfax next Tuesday, this matchup pairs the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the Pioneer Valley League standings.

Sacramento Waldorf at Forest Lake Christian – This Central Valley Christian League showdown between the host Falcons (5-7 overall, 3-0 CVCL) and Sac Waldorf (7-3, 3-1) gets going at 6 p.m. Friday. The Falcons rank second in the CVCL, and Waves third, behind league-leading Woodland Christian (4-0 CVCL).

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