Ma­raud­ers do it again

Monache boys wins 8th EYL ti­tle, girls 7th straight

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For years, cross coun­try in the East Yosemite League was dom­i­nated by Monache High School, and un­sur­pris­ingly, that still re­mains the case.

Both the boys and girls cross coun­try teams de­fended their EYL ti­tles at the EYL cham­pi­onship meet Wed­nes­day at Porter­ville Sports Com­plex. It was the Ma­raud­ers boys eighth straight ti­tle and the girls sev­enth straight.

Tak­ing home the in­di­vid­ual EYL ti­tles in the 5,000-kilo­me­ter race were Monache’s No. 1 run­ners: Ivan Men­dez with 16 min­utes, 11 sec­onds for the boys and Mar­ilou Ruiz with 19:28 for the girls.


For the boys, Monache won the cham­pi­onship meet with 21 points, while Tu­lare Western (61) came in sec­ond, Tu­lare Union (68) third, De­lano (102) fourth, Mis­sion Oak (117) fifth and Porter­ville (190) sixth. The Ma­raud­ers ended their sea­son un­de­feated in league.

Top 10 fin­ish­ers for Monache were Men­dez in first, Isa­iah Sotelo (16:43) in third, Gio­vanni Sanchez (17:36) in fourth, Car­los Ma­g­ana (17:45) in fifth, Joachim Del Rosario (18:00) in eighth and Bryan Perez (18:09) in ninth.

“They ran in a tight knit group like they do ev­ery­day,” MHS head coach Seth Ishida said. “They kept their group to­gether and were bro­ken up by the Tu­lare Western No. 1 run­ner and the Tu­lare Union No. 2 run­ner. We al­ways want our run­ners to com­pete with other teams’ best. I was es­pe­cially proud of se­nior Car­los Ma­g­ana, (who) … has worked his way onto the team in the last few weeks and ran the best race of his life.”

Porter­ville’s high­est fin­ishes were Abra­ham Sil­vestre-or­tiz(21:48) in 50th, Jonathan Men­doza (24:01) in 57th and Tris­tan Nieblas (24:02) in 58th. The Pan­thers placed fifth in league.


Monache girls were able to hold on to their EYL cham­pi­onship streak by claim­ing a share of the league ti­tle af­ter fin­ish­ing sec­ond with 31 points be­hind Tu­lare Western’s 26 in the cham­pi­onship meet. Ac­cord­ing to Ishida, the girls had not been de­feated in EYL since 2011.

Also at the cham­pi­onship meet, Tu­lare Union (97) placed third, Porter­ville (108) fourth, Mis­sion Oak (130) fifth and De­lano (149) sixth. In league, the Pan­thers also placed fourth.

Ishida said the Ma­raud­ers were lead­ing by one

point with 1 mile to go in the 5K. Ais­lin Tay­lor was hold­ing off Tu­lare Western’s No. 1, 2 and 3 run­ners un­til the last 100 me­ters, where she dropped to a fifth-place fin­ish with 20:25.

Monache’s Ma­rina Bar­ra­gan (20:52), Chanel Bradley (21:02) and Aryanna Guz­man (21:25) placed sev­enth, eighth and 10th, re­spec­tively, to

round out scor­ing. Western’s Les­lie Baca’s 11th­place fin­ish with 21:46 sealed the win for the Mus­tangs.

“We have had a tough week of ill­nesses and started the race 30 min­utes late,” Ishida said. “We had trou­ble from the start and looked a lit­tle flat. Tu­lare Western had been run­ning very well lately and re­turned their

in­jured No. 1 run­ner. They had a great deal of en­thu­si­asm in the race and we could not re­spond late in the race. They are a great team, and to hold up to them and give them our best and come up 31-26 is noth­ing to be ashamed of.

“Aryanna and Ma­rina re­ally have given us the chance to be great,” Ishida added. “Chanel

Bradley has re­ally been work­ing hard this year and placed (eighth) as the No. 4 run­ner. Our girls have been great all year and al­ways found a way to get the job done, even if an in­di­vid­ual had a bad day. We just hit a per­fect storm. I missed some coach­ing de­tails dur­ing the meet and I will be the first to say that I did not make the cor­rect ad­just­ments.”

Top fin­ish­ers for Porter­ville were Lyn­lee Davis (22:05) in 13th, Jae­lyn Estrada (23:27) in 21st, Odalys Rivera (23:58) in 23rd.


The Monache fresh­men-sopho­mores girls and boys teams also won the meet and the EYL ti­tle with the boys win­ning their ninth straight.


Left: Monache High School’s Mar­ilou Ruiz wins the EYL ti­tle Wed­nes­day, Nov. 7, at the Sports Com­plex in Porter­ville. Right: Monache High School’s Ivan Men­dez wins the EYL ti­tle Wed­nes­day, Nov. 7, at the Sports Com­plex in Porter­ville.

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