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Falcon Runners Grab CIF Div. IV Section Crown

Girls Team Also Punches Ticket To State Meet
By: Mike Ray Gold Country News Services
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It may have been the upset of the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Div. IV Cross Country Championships. Or, it may have been the Colfax Falcons boys’ cross-country team showing what it can do when it is healthy and at full strength. Regardless, the Colfax boys showed their heels to the Div. IV field and in a stunning turnaround from last week’s sub-section results, flashed past favorites Christian Brothers and Bret Harte to bag the section’s Div. IV championship banner. “It was just a great performance by our guys,” said Colfax co-coach Tom read about the Falcons’ efforts. “We knew that if we could get our guys healthy that we would have a shot and they all came through.” Colfax, which was slowed from the mid-season on by injuries to key runners, finished a distant third at last week’s sub-section meet behind both Christian Brother and Bret Harte. However, fueled by senior Wesley Cox’s blistering 16:56 winning effort over the Willow Hills 3.1 mile layout and additional top ten finishes from Michael Morgan and Nick Read, the Falcons had just enough gas in the tank to slip past Christian Brothers, 42-45 for the title. Morgan finished in 5th place for the Falcons in 17:29 while Read was right being in 6th with a 17:33 run. Colfax also received critical efforts from Max Schopfer who was 13th in 18:08 and Ronnie Saavedra who took 17th in 18:25. According to co-coach Jim Howard, Schopfer and a Christian Brothers runner were clocked in the same time but the Colfax runner was given the nod for the lower place. “That’s how close it was,” said Howard. “A shift of one or two runners was the difference.” The Falcons top seven was rounded out by Dayne Carli who was 36th in 19:59 and Spencer Myers who was 38th in 20:04. The section title was Colfax’s third boys championship in the last five seasons. It also marked the sixth time in the last 12 years that the Falcons have either finished first or second in Div. IV at the section event. Colfax’s next stop will be the CIF State Meet in Fresno on Sat. Nov. 29. The Colfax boys will be joined by the Colfax girls team at the state meet has the Lady Falcons finished third (83) behind Bret Harte (60) and Bear River (74) to punch their ticket to Fresno. Led by Sara Howard who was 6th in 21:07 and Presley Weteerman who took 12th in 22:19, the Falcons were able to hold off fourth place finishing Summerville (91) for the final berth to the state event. Haley Walker was also solid for Colfax as she clocked a 22:26 time to take 16th while sisters Michelle Read and Kirsten read followed in 23rd and 26th place respectively. Also running for Colfax was Christina Keyes who took 27th and Kate Bradshaw who placed 39th.