Cross Coun­try Team Runs At Lodi In­vite

Escalon Times - - SPORTS -

Af­ter a bit of a slow start get­ting kids out, the Escalon High School cross coun­try team now is at 50-plus ath­letes and they are “get­ting in shape,” ac­cord­ing to head coach Rick He­flin.

“Dur­ing the sum­mer we had a run­ning pro­gram. Many ath­letes ran quite a few miles but only two made the 300-mile club, Alex Calderon and Bri­ana Bri­ones,” He­flin ex­plained. “It makes sense that Alex im­proved his time at Lodi by three min­utes from last year and Bri­ana placed 10th over­all in the var­sity Divi­sion 1 girls race with a time of 20:36 for 3.1 miles. She was our only var­sity girl.”

The sopho­more girls, mean­while, saw a one-two punch from new­com­ers Sa­man­tha Tor­res and Chloe Her­nan­dez at 15:33 and 15:38 for two miles. Fresh­man girls were led by Jill Jun­queiro at 17:41.

“The boys had a great first out­ing,” He­flin added.

Var­sity boys were led by Braiden Vega, Gabe Romero, Juan Lopez, Emil­iano Ramirez and AJ Jimenez with times of 18:13, 18:39, 19:05, 19:22 and 19:27, re­spec­tively.

Sopho­more boys were paced by new­comer CJ Bor­rego and re­turn­ers Ryan Bel­leto and Con­nor Lam­beth.

“Lead­ing the JV boys were a bunch of run­ners look­ing to move up to var­sity, Moises Gra­jeda, Ross Calderon, Alex Calderon, Max Teague, Miguel Mar­mol and Clay­ton Fer­reira at 12:23, 12:32, 12:33, 13:00, 13:01, and 13:15.”

The only fresh­man boy at the Lodi event for Escalon was Juan Diego Sanchez, run­ning the course in 14:34.

“Our next meet will be the Trans-Val­ley League opener on Sept. 5 at Le­gion Park,” He­flin said.

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