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Colfax runners pace individuals at PVL meet

By: Mike Ray
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COLFAX – With the new CIF Sac-Joaquin Section realignment plan for 2018-2022 putting both Placer and Lincoln in the Pioneer Valley League’s rearview mirror, it was expected that this season’s PVL cross-country chase for league supremacy would be a wide-open affair.

And, if the results from the PVL’s No. 1 center meet of the season ran on Colfax High’s course Wednesday afternoon was any indication, PVL cross-country coaches were absolutely right.

“This year, for the first time in a long time there should be a lot of good, overall competition top to bottom,” said Colfax coach Shana Brown. “It’s really good for the league.”

In Wednesday’s varsity races, Colfax High’s Billy Groth and Sierra Hagen set the pace, respectively, for the boys and girls runners as the two Colfax runners grabbed individual varsity wins.

However, team-wise, it was Center’s boys and Bear River’s girls taking the top spots.

“Our girls ran a good race,” said Bear River coach Skyler Mousey. “We took third through sixth and that’s always good.”

In the boys varsity race, Groth clocked a winning effort time of 18 minutes, 8.9 seconds over the 3.1-mile layout. Teammate Connor Vrooman (18:31.0) was third while Chance Netemeyer (20:23.1) was 12th and Griffin LaBudde (20:27.3) was 13th. Colfax’s fifth runner was Jacob Colon (22:53.2) who took 27th.

While Colfax’s 55 points showing was good, the Falcons couldn’t match up to Center’s winning 35 total. The Cougars, paced by Isaac Castro’s second-place time of 18:31.0, placed all five of their runners among the Top 16 finishers to win the day.

Completing the boys’ division scoring, Marysville (85) placed third while Bear River (88) was fourth and Foothill (115) fifth.

Leading the Bear River boys was Breckyn Vasquez (19:52.7) who placed sixth overall and Sean Cullers (20:18.0) who grabbed the 10th position.  

Bear River’s girls totaled 36 points to get past Colfax’s 41. Marysville (72) and Center (74) rounded out the scoring.

The Bruins were led by Grace McDaniel (23:35.0), who placed third, and Elaina Wargala, (23:55.2), who placed fourth. Following in fifth and sixth, respectively, were Grace Billingsley (24:00.9) and Chelsea Herron (24:07.1). Sara Borchert was the Bruins’ fifth runner placing 20th in 30:47.7. Macey Borchert was 21st in 30:54.9.

Following Hagen in for Colfax’s girls were Emma Sanders (24:23.0) who was seventh, Molly Bradshaw (24:42) who placed 11th; Rose Forbes (25:19.0) who took 12th; Jana Martello (26.17.5) who grabbed 13th and Madeline Cramer (26:32.4) who finished 14th.

In the frosh-soph boys’ race, Colfax’s Toby Howard, Ryan Blick, Dugan Alcala and Matt Phipps took the top four spots as the Falcons scored 19 points to easily out-distance second-place Bear River’s 56 total.

Meanwhile, in the girls’ frosh-soph ranks, Ellie Brost led a 1-2-3-4 Colfax finish. Following Brost in for the Falcons in order were Grace LaBudde, Holly Wren and Yazda Cokger.

The second PVL meet of the season is scheduled Oct. 10 at Bear River.