Cougar Boys Run Well At Frog­town In­vi­ta­tional

Escalon Times - - SPORTS -

Ac­tion for the Cougar cross coun­try team this week saw them head to An­gels Camp for a Satur­day event.

“Our sea­son is go­ing well. We have set­tled down with a solid team of 54 ath­letes,” said head coach Rick He­flin. “Frog­town in­vite was on Satur­day. The boys scored very well in all di­vi­sions.”

The fresh­man boys took third place in their race. The sopho­more boys took sec­ond and the var­sity took fifth. The JV boys won their race.

“Many of the run­ners that ran last year on this course at sub­sec­tions posted bet­ter times on Satur­day than last year,” He­flin pointed out. “It is ex­cit­ing to see the im­prove­ment this early in the sea­son.”

The Escalon squad did not have full teams on the girls side but sev­eral girls did well individually, said He­flin, with Adela Ley-Han fin­ish­ing sec­ond in her race and Jackie Lau lead­ing the var­sity girls. Boys For the fresh­men, Josh Cor­rales took 13th over­all in 13:20 and also in the top 20 was Bran­don Gra­jeda, 16th in 13:38.

Lead­ing the sopho­mores was Braiden Vega, fin­ish­ing 10th in 13:16. Seven sopho­mores fin­ished in the top 20 for Escalon. Along with Vega, they in­cluded: Moises Gra­jeda, 11th, 13:27; David Plas­cen­cia, 14th, 13:44; Miguel Plas­cen­cia, 15th, 13:44; Gino Stern, 17th, 14:00; Manuel M. Diaz, 19th, 14:03; and Max Teague, 20th, 14:03.

Six JV Cougar boys broke into the top 20, vault­ing them to the top spot over­all. Xavier Chavez was third, 19:45; Jay­den Lopez, fourth, 20:15; Josh Teske, fifth, 20:26; Daniel Luis, 13th, 21:16; Bran­don Karp, 15th, 21:29; Ross Calderon, 20th, 22:03.

At the var­sity level, Gabriel Romero ran an 18:12 for Escalon, tak­ing 16th over­all. He was the only Cougar run­ner in the top 20, though four run­ners com­pleted the course in the 18’s. Sa­muel Fletcher ran an 18:18, 21st; Juan Lopez, 18:25, 27th; Rex Rob­bins, 18:48, 40th over­all. Girls Escalon’s top frosh-soph girl was Tess Bedell, 39th over­all in 19:21.

Adela Ley-Han took sec­ond over­all in the JV girls race at 18:14 and Cady Wing fin­ished sixth in 19:17.

Jackie Lau paced the var­sity girls’ ef­fort with a time of 23:39, tak­ing 28th over­all.

“This week starts our Joga-thon. Ev­ery year we raise money for our train­ing week­end, uni­forms, team shirts and equip­ment, and lodg­ing for away meets,” the coach ex­plained. “Our Sports Boost­ers help us out a lot but we try to raise money also since they help all of the teams.

The Jog-a-thon is one of two fundrais­ers that the team does. We also put on a cross coun­try in­vite dur­ing the sea­son.”

If you are in­ter­ested in spon­sor­ing a run­ner for the Jog-a-thon, con­tact Coach He­flin at the high school, 209-838-7073, or con­tact a cross coun­try run­ner.

The team also heads to the Mother Lode League Meet on Wed­nes­day, Sept. 20.

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