Boys Keep Top Spot In TVL Cross Coun­try

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The var­sity and frosh/ soph boys again won their races to put them firmly in first place of the league. The squads were win­ners in the TVL Meet #2 in Modesto on Sept. 27.

“Juan Lopez placed sec­ond, re­tain­ing his top spot on the team. We will prob­a­bly see many changes be­tween our top three boys as they work to make each other bet­ter,” said coach Rick He­flin. “On av­er­age the top seven boys that ran last year beat their times from this meet last year by thirty sec­onds to a minute. Our league is strong this year and even though the scores don’t show it the real dif­fer­ence be­tween the top three teams is just a few plac­ings. The fi­nals should be a great race be­tween the top three.”

Lopez ran the course in 17:52 while Gabe Romero fin­ished third in 17:55. Also break­ing into the top five was Sam Fletcher, clock­ing a time of 18:03 for a fifth place over­all fin­ish.

“The frosh soph boys are look­ing re­ally strong. We had three boys in the 11-minute range and we had seven run­ners in the top 10 of the race,” ex­plained He­flin. “Braiden Vega, a first time run­ner, won the race.”

Vega’s time was 11:52. An­dres Cornejo was sec­ond over­all, 11:54 and Moises Gra­jeda took third in 11:55.

“The girls ran well and we saw some great im­prove­ment in times. Jackie Lau is still our top run­ner. Marisol Aguayo made huge im­prove­ment and took over our sec­ond spot,” He­flin said.

Af­ter run­ning in the TVL Meet on Wed­nes­day, the cross coun­try team headed to Bear River Reser­voir for their an­nual train­ing week­end.

“Thank you to all the par­ents and peo­ple that helped us and do­nated to the joga-thon so we could go to the train­ing week­end,” He­flin said. “The train­ing week­end was awe­some. Our team worked very hard on the hills. At around 6,000 el­e­va­tion run­ning is a lit­tle harder. The team did a great job.”

With flat land most prom­i­nent in the Cen­tral Val­ley, He­flin said the run­ners get in the work they need dur­ing the train­ing week­end.

“We have been known for years for our hill run­ning abil­ity which is funny when you look around our area. This trip is a big rea­son for that rep­u­ta­tion,” the coach ex­plained. “We start our af­ter­noon run at the base of a three-mile hill. No cross coun­try course is one con­tin­u­ous hill. We then con­tinue on a course of 6.1, 9.1 or 11 miles to fin­ish. When you run un­der those con­di­tions, a few hills in a course is no big deal.”

Next up for the cross coun­try team will be their an­nual in­vi­ta­tional at Wood­ward Reser­voir, set for Wed­nes­day, Oct. 4.

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