Area roundup: Placer boys win earn first at Nev. cross country meet event

By: Journal sports staff
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Led by Toby Qualls, the Placer High School varsity boys cross country team had another great outing.
Qualls clocked in with a team-best 13 minutes, 13 seconds on the 4,000-meter course at the University of Nevada, Reno, 18-team Twilight Invitational in Sparks, Nev., on Saturday night.
Qualls’ time was good for third overall out of 141 athletes.
Placer’s score of 59 points was rounded out by Gama Gomez (eight overall, 13:41), Viktor Dorofeyev (ninth, 13:57), Josh Mason (19th, 14:17) and Felix Oliveros (20th, 14:17).
“It was a great job by the varsity boys at a large invitational,” coach Randall Fee said. “They ran under the lights and I’m very proud of them.”
Second-place Galena of Nevada had 73 points.
The varsity girls finished in 15th place out of 16 high schools. They were led by junior Halle Ralls (43rd, 17:45).
Placer next runs Saturday at the Nevada Union Invite.

Bear River —  The Bruins also competed in the cross country meet in Nevada, the team’s first competition of the year. The girls varsity came away with a championship in the small-school varsity division behind the running of Mary Nattrass, Cecilia Malik, Kimmy Pugel, Sierra Mitchell, Hallie Pettitt, Rachel Olsen and Jessica Meylor. The varsity boys ran a good race as well with strong performances by freshmen Dakota Andrews and Patrick Gillis.

Youth soccer

49er United Gators — The Auburn team of U15 girls took first place in three competitive tournaments in the month of August. The Gators took first place playing against much older age groups in the Fort Bragg Skunk Classic, they won first place at their home Gold Rush Classic tournament and came in first place at the Rocklin Quarry Classic.

Youth basketball
CYBL signups— The California Youth Basketball League is currently registering for the 2013 winter season. Games, for boys and girls ages 4 to 18, begin on Dec. 8 and last until March 2. Individual and team registration is available. For more information, call 916-391-3900 or visit