Third Place Ef­forts For Cougar Run­ners

Escalon Times - - SPORTS -

Both the var­sity boys and var­sity girls placed third at the first Trans-Val­ley League cross coun­try meet of the sea­son, run­ning Wed­nes­day in Modesto.

For the var­sity boys, they fin­ished be­hind first place River­bank and sec­ond place Hugh­son. Escalon’s top seven were: Ed­die Calderon, sev­enth over­all, 18:36; Kyle Jimenez, ninth, 18:49; Zack Gard­ner, 10th, 18:50; Luga Men­doza, 17th, 19:51; Ryan Schu­ur­man, 30th, 20:54; John Ri­vara, 37th, 21:24; Troy Bedell, 44th, 21:58.

“Ed­die who was our third run­ner last year but worked in the win­ter, ran track, and put some se­ri­ous work in dur­ing the sum­mer,” said head coach Rick He­flin. “It seems to be pay­ing off as he led the var­sity team. New­comer Troy Bedell earned a spot on the top seven as a sopho­more. It will be fun to see how he pro­gresses.”

For the var­sity girls, it was also a third place fin­ish and the top two girls teams were the same as the boys, River­bank tak­ing first and Hugh­son fin­ish­ing sec­ond.

Ya­jaira Salinas was sixth over­all and first across the line for Escalon in a time of 22:21. Nora Nash was 15th, 23:27; fol­lowed by Veron­ica Gra­jeda, 16th, 23:57; Marisol Aguayo, 18th; Sierra Her­nan­dez, 19th; Jackie Lau, 26th and round­ing out the top seven for Escalon was Ni­cole Luis, 27th over­all in 24:55.

“Ya­jaira is start­ing to get her legs strong from a cou­ple of in­juries last year and her times are drop­ping,” noted He­flin. “Jackie Lau as a sopho­more steps up to var­sity in her first sea­son of cross coun­try. She should be fun to watch over the next two years.”

Lead­ing the JV girls was Lizeth Calderon in 12th place with a time of 16:19.

“This year we got quite a few frosh boys to add to a JV team,” said He­flin.

At the TVL meet, the JV boys took sec­ond, fin­ish­ing be­hind Hugh­son. Ninth place over­all was Tim Me­gen­ney at 13:29, fol­lowed by Daniel Luis in 10th at 13:30.

Also run­ning well for the JV boys were Josh Teske, 12th, 13:49; Trenton Nasci­mento, 15th, 14:27; Scott Terp­stra, 22nd, 15:36; Ian McCul­loch, 25th, 16:09 and Vic­tor Gon­za­lez, 28th, 16:24.

“Some are fresh­men and some are sopho­mores but all are first year run­ners so plan on see­ing a lot im­prove­ment over the year,” He­flin said of what to ex­pect dur­ing the sea­son. “As a team we are a lit­tle smaller in size with only 37 mem­bers but this group is a lot more con­nected and pos­i­tive than in the re­cent past so I am very ex­cited about how the team will im­prove over the sea­son. The team is work­ing very hard.”

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