FOLSOM — Before the El Dorado High boys cross-country team took its place behind the starting line of Wednesday’s Sierra Valley Conference’s third/final meet at Willow Hills, coach Peanut Harms offered words of encouragement.
“We want to be aggressive at the beginning, get out and get the pressure of the race on everybody else. This is a tough course (3.1 miles),” Harms said.
El Dorado was tougher, edging Cosumnes Oaks, 42 to 44, to win its fourth consecutive conference title. The Cougars had three runners place in the top 10. Jackson Harris was fourth, Boone Bates, fifth, and Charles Plamondon took eighth.
Union Mine was fourth with 101 points. Vista del Lago was third with 54 points. Makana Kaukaakaa was sixth and William Winter was 14th for the Diamondbacks.
For the girls, Union Mine’s Allison Babbage took third place. Teammate Michelle Gonzales, despite a knee injury, was seventh. The senior was competing for the second time in five days on the course that features flatlands, tricky turns and plenty of runners at the invite.
“It’s hard with a knee injury,” Gonzales said. “The only thing you can do is get better. It takes pressure off when there is less people.”
Union Mine head coach Mark Indguier added, “Our top runners are continuing to lead. It’s been nice to see Michelle, who stepped up to the form that she had when she was a freshman and sophomore.”
El Dorado, which took second place behind Vista del Lago, was led by Kaitlynn Staggers, who had a time of 21:08.2. “I felt pretty good,” Staggers said.
The Lady Cougars had 59 points, but the Lady Eagles brought home the conference title with 24 points. Below are results of El Dorado and Union Mine varsity harriers.
Boys 4-Harris, ED, 17:16.7; 5-Bates, ED, 17:18.1; 6-Kaukaakaa, UM, 17:21.2; 8-Plamondon, ED, 17:35.3; 12-Dalton Douglas-Heley, ED, 18:02.0; 13-Ethan Reeder, ED, 18:02.0; 14-Winter, UM, 18:12.7; 20-Jay Revolinsky, ED, 18:30.0; 21-Stabler Young, ED, 18:37.9; 26-Grant Seely, ED, 19:20.1; 27-Adam Benouar, UM, 19:24.5; 28-Austin Jordero, UM, 19:31.3; 29-Steffen Mahnke, ED, 19:40.4; 30-Quincy Blackwell, ED, 19:50.2; 32-Keis Verleur, UM, 19:54.0; 33-Aaron Jonas, UM, 19:54.2; 35-Durand Smiley, UM, 20:11.3; 36-Garrett Locher, ED, 20:12.5; 37-Troy Maxfield, UM, 20:18.1; 40-Joel Kaderka, ED, 20:49.4; 45-John Capps, ED, 21:11.4; 46-Cameron Peeters, ED, 21:17.3; 57-Vincent Ross, ED, 23:30.1. Girls 3-Babbage, UM, 20:34.3; 7-Gonzalez, UM, 21:05; 8-Staggers, ED, 21:08.2; 10-Dani DeStafano, ED, 21:28.7; 11-Katherine Buethe, ED, 21:41.6; 13-Mariah Thomson, ED, 21:55.9; 17-Celina Vicencia, ED, 22:31.5; 18-Arianna Pizzuti, ED, 22:31.9; 20-Karla Ortiz, ED, 22:37.3; 21-Micah Brocker, ED, 22:52.7; 23-Lizzy Smith, ED, 23:11.9; 29-Reagan Hester, ED, 23:48.2; 33-Leah Oshea, ED, 24:29.0; 35-Elise Piazza, UM, 24:45.4; 36-Chelsea Chestnut, ED, 24:49.1; 39-Becca Trujillo, UM, 25:29.5; 41-Adrianne Wenzel, ED, 25:54.3; 45-Jordan Caldwell, UM, 27:13.3; 51-Abby Finlayson, ED, 30:06.3; 52-Morgan Svensson, UM, 30:41.9; 58-Annika Nelson, ED, 34:18.6; 59-Megan McCaffrey, ED, 34:59.7.
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