Del Oro dominates Wildfire Invite

Placer’s Guerra-Reyes wins third straight race in Clovis
By: Nick Pecoraro
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Wildfire Invitational


Del Oro cross-country continued its dominance this season as both its boys and girls teams won the Division I-II race at the Wildfire Invitational in Foresthill Saturday.

Senior Brayden McLaughlin won his third race of the season, clocking in at 16 minutes, 13 seconds. McLaughlin has finished in the Top 3 in each of the five races he’s run this year.

The Golden Eagles recorded a team score of 21 thanks to six runners in the top 11, including Bryan Stafford (second, 17:24) and Tate Sutter (fifth, 17:48), as well as getting personal records from Garret LaPlante (sixth, 17:53), Andre Carey (seventh, 17:56) and Ben Lubiens (11th, 18:43).

The Del Oro girls were led by sophomore Hannah Wirth, who took the top Division I-II spot at 20:13, and Alissa Pessin, who was right behind Wirth in second at 20:22.

Chloe Jeppson (fourth, 21:05), Emilie Mertz (fifth, 21:59), Jenna Barba (sixth, 22:11) and Emma Harrison (seventh, 22:21) rounded out six Golden Eagles in the first seven finishers to accumulate a race-best 15 points.

The Lady Eagles took first despite being without their freshman phenom, Riley Chamberlain, who ran independently at the Clovis Invite and took second overall (17:12.7) by just three seconds to Tori Gaitan of Great Oaks.

The Oakmont boys team finished fourth overall, narrowly missing out on third place by just a point behind Bella Vista.

Sophomore Sean Mahoney led the Vikings in 14th place at 19:00 and Dylan Jones just four seconds later at 15th. Sam Cambra finished 18th at 19:11, and Alex Chan (19th, 19:15), Alex Zasso (22nd, 19:31) and Michael Cassidy (25th, 19:49) all placed within the Top 25.

In the D-III-IV varsity race, the Colfax girls team took first behind Sierra Hagen, who finished second overall by just 28 hundredths of a second at 20:59.

Emma Sanders (eighth, 23:09), Rose Forbes (10th, 23:29), Molly Bradshaw (13th, 24:04), Ellie Brost (16th, 24:45), Madeline Cramer (17th, 24:54), Grace LaBudde (18th, 25:09), Holly Wren (21st, 25:43) and Yazda Cokgor (30th, 27:51) all contributed to the Falcons’ score.

The Colfax boys, meanwhile, took second as a team to Liberty Ranch. Falcon junior Billy Groth posted an identical 17:20 time as Liberty Ranch’s Xavier Morales, but according to, Groth was credited with a second-place finish to Morales.

Connor Vrooman finished fourth at 17:47, Toby Howard 16th at 19:29, Griffin LaBudde 18th at 19:57 and Ryan Bliek 22nd at 20:15 to round out the Falcons in the Top 25.

Forest Lake Christian junior Amber Jackson took the top individual spot in the girls’ D-V race, checking in at 19:00, a personal best.

Teammates Katelyn Ussery (23rd, 25:51) and Lindsey Ussery (24th, 25:57) also turned in personal records, while Trinity Schneider finished 26th overall (26:14) for the Falcons.

The Foresthill girls team won the D-V race, headed by a season-best 21:35 from senior Elizabeth Bradley, who finished fifth overall.

The Wildfire girls narrowly edged out Buckingham Charter, 37-41, with Lily Watkins (eighth, 22:34), Megan Knudsvig (10th, 23:30), Makayla Stallman (11th, 23:29), Meredith Carpenter (16th, 24:24), Kiera Odell (21st, 25:30) and Ellie Odell (33rd, 28:05) all helping the Foresthill score.

The Foresthill boys were led by Benjamin Worton, who finished third at a personal-best 18:55. The Wildfires finished fourth as a team behind Luis Giles-Meraz (22nd, 21:02), Clay Cantrell (30th, 21:37), Allen Siefert (31st, 21:49), Ryan Leyba (33rd, 22:43) and Brayden Durand (34th, 22:48).


Clovis Invitational

Placer’s Jesus Guerra-Reyes won his third consecutive race and fourth overall in 2018 at Saturday’s Clovis Invitational at Woodward Park. Guerra-Reyes’ 15:49.5 led the Hillmen’s third-place team finish in the medium school race.

Jesus Carrasco placed sixth at 16:16.1 as the only other Hillman to finish inside the Top 10.

The Placer girls placed 19th as a team in Clovis. Riley Lasher placed 39th at 20:21.1 to pace the Hillmen girls team.

The Woodcreek girls team placed third overall in the large school race behind just Carlmont and Clovis West. Lisa Irvine led the Lady Timberwolves in ninth place (18:53.8).

Samantha Barry (22nd, 19:35.4), Abigail Farr (32nd, 19:50.1), Melina McKee (37th, 19:56.9) and CJ Blankenship (39th, 19:59.3) all finished in under 20 minutes for Woodcreek.

The Woodcreek boys, meanwhile, took 10th overall with 18th-place Lucas Reeves (16:07.2) pacing the way. Peter Pagel finished 28th at 16:20.6 for the Timberwolves.

Oakmont senior Landon Shea finished 20th overall at a season-best 16:08.5 for the Vikings, who finished 18th as a team in Clovis. The Oakmont girls team placed 15th in the large school race with sophomore Ellicia La Madrid leading the Lady Vikings in 57th place at 20:18.3.

The Rocklin boys finished 18th overall in the Clovis Invite’s 5,000-meter championship. Senior Trevor Asbury paced the Thunder, finished 27th at 15:40.1. Rocklin also got personal records from Shane Burton (52nd, 16:02.3) and Brendan Dowling (78th, 16:19.9).