Sub­sec­tion Meet Sees 18 Cougars Ad­vance

Escalon Times - - SPORTS -

Even though it didn’t rain on Satur­day, Cougar run­ners joined with other com­peti­tors to run the ‘rain course’ at the sub­sec­tions in An­gels Camp on Nov. 4.

“It did look like it would rain any mo­ment most of the day,” said Escalon head coach Rick He­flin.

Start­ing off the morn­ing were the fresh­man boys. Con­nor Lam­beth placed 33rd in 13:27, which was good enough for a sec­tion qual­i­fy­ing spot.

“It takes five mem­bers to be a team and we only en­tered three run­ners,” He­flin said of the frosh boys race. “We only had two frosh-soph girls, Tess Bedell in 17:25 and Brit­tany Gon­za­les in 19:08. Both are their best times for this course.”

Sopho­more boys, with 15 run­ners in that group for Escalon, placed sec­ond to Bret Harte. Braiden Vega paced the ef­fort, plac­ing fifth over­all in 12:08.9. Ethan Re­sendez fin­ished sixth and Andres Cornejo took sev­enth over­all.

“In the JV race, only six teams qual­ify. The JV races are di­vi­sions 3, 4 and 5. Only one Di­vi­sion 4 team made it and that was the team that beat us by one point, Chris­tian Brothers,” ex­plained He­flin. “We placed sev­enth out of 20.”

The Cougars will have three in­di­vid­u­als go on to the sec­tion meet at the JV level; Xavier Chavez, Jay­den Lopez and Josh Teske.

“Var­sity girls did not qual­ify but we did run very well,” He­flin said. “The girls placed 16th out of 23.”

Jackie Lau was first across the line for Escalon in 22:30.2, with Mor­gan Dominguez sec­ond for the Lady Cougars and Lizeth Calderon third.

The var­sity boys qual­i­fied for the sec­tion meet by plac­ing eighth over­all in the race. Gabe Romero, 17:04.9, paced the team and fin­ished 35th over­all. Close be­hind was Sam Fletcher, 38th. Also run­ning in the 17s were Rex Rob­bins, Juan Lopez, Troy Bedell and Alex Jimenez, with Emil­iano Ramirez round­ing out the var­sity squad, cov­er­ing the course in 18:08.9.

“In var­sity the top 10 teams ad­vance to sec­tions. We ran much faster than last year,” noted He­flin. “The com­pe­ti­tion is so tough in Di­vi­sion 4 this year. Only two teams in our league qual­i­fied in var­sity boys to go on, us and Ripon. At the end of the day, we qual­i­fied 18 run­ners to go to sec­tions.”

The sec­tion meet will be on Fri­day, Nov. 10 in Fol­som.

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