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Cross Country roundup: Placer High varsity boys, girls both win at PVL No. 1

Josh Mason, frosh-soph boys accomplish rare feat
By: Journal sports staff
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Ruth Braica got her wish.


The Placer High School varsity girls cross country team beat Bear River — and the rest of the Pioneer Valley League — at Gibson Ranch on Wednesday afternoon.


Braica finished second overall in the 5K girls race, and Toby Qualls was first overall to help lead the Placer boys to a first-place finish as well at the first PVL meet of the year.

The frosh/soph boys earned a perfect score of 15, as all five Hillmen runners finished in the top five with Josh Mason finishing first.


“It was a great performance,” Placer coach Randall Fee said.


Following Braica’s 20 minute, 51 second clocking for the varsity girls were Kyra Hostetler (20:54, third overall), Halle Ralls (21:18, fourth), Makayla Ratcliff (22:00, ninth) and Makaylea Mitchell (22:08,11th).


Placer led the way with 29 points, second-place Bear River had 38 and Lincoln was third with 89.


Qualls won the varsity boys race with an impressive time of 16:34. He was followed by teammates Gama Gomez (16:39, second overall), Viktor Dorofeyev (16:58, third), Felix Oliveros (16:58, fourth) and Louis Rinn (17:18, seventh).


Placer’s 17 points were good for first. Center (66) and Colfax (91) finished second and third.


Placer next competes Saturday at the 24-school Yolo County Invite in Woodland.

Bear River — The Bruins had some great individual performances Saturday at the 50th Nevada Union Invitational. Mary Nattrass had a top-15 finish in the small school varsity girls. She clocked the three-mile course in 21:38 and finished in 14th place. Freshman Cecilia Malik finished 11th in a time of 22:32 and freshman Patrick Gillis finished the grueling course in 21:23.