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Cougar boys shine at conference meet

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TOP VARSITY PLACERS — El Dorado's Boone Bates, top left, won the boys race Wednesday; Union Mine's Allison Babbage, center, took second in the girls race; and Jackson Harris, right, placed third for boys. Democrat photos by Pat Dollins

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From page A9 | September 13, 2013 |

SACRAMENTO — In its first Sierra Valley Conference cross-country meet at Granite Park Wednesday, the El Dorado High boys squad kept its unbeaten string intact with a first place finish.

The Cougars finished with 25 points in front of Cosumnes Oaks with 57. Vista del Lago, Union Mine, Liberty Ranch, Galt and River City finished third through seventh, respectively.

The Diamondbacks had 97 points. El Dorado’s boys won the first Sierra Valley Conference meet — the second will take place next month — and are undefeated since returning to the conference in 2010.

“We’re strong and we’re deep,” El Dorado head coach Peanut Harms said. “We have a couple of youngsters. The boys should continue on.”

Boone Bates took first place on the 3.1 mile course that featured plenty of flat lands and hills with a time of 16 minutes, 7 seconds.

“Boone takes over the leadership role,” said Harms of the senior. Jackson Harris finished in third place for El Dorado at 16:42. Cougar senior Ryan Gray finished in fourth place at 16:55 and rounding out the top 10 for El Dorado was Charlie Plamondon, seventh place at 17:01;  Ethan Reeder, 10th at 17:16; and Stabler Young, 15th at 17:35.

Union Mine’s William Winter took 11th place, 17:18 and Makana Kaukaakaa was 14th at 17:25. Adam Benouar was 22nd at 18:27.

D’backs head coach Mark Indgier has 14 runners returning this season; seven boys and girls. He was “pleased with the teams’ performance” in the first meet of the season.

For the girls, Vista won the conference meet with 30 points. El Dorado was second with 50 and Union Mine third with 93. Cosumnes Oaks, Liberty Ranch, River City and Galt rounded out the final four spots.

Union Mine’s Allison Babbage took second place with a time of 19:45. El Dorado’s Celina Vicencio was sixth at 20:31.

“I like this course,” said Babbage, a sophomore. “There’s a lot of turns. It’s a pretty good race.”

Vicencio, a senior, added, “There are some hills, but when you get on the flat (land) it’s real fast again.”

The El Dorado girls, like the boys, look to finish strong going into postseason in November that they hope will include a trip to the state meet in Fresno.

“Last year we were really close,” Vicencio said. “I think we got a chance if we really push it  It’s definitely getting us to push harder. We know we were so close and that we can do it if we push ourselves.”

El Dorado’s Kaitlynn Staggers was ninth at 20:51. Teammates Arianna Pizzuti was 10th at 21:06; Karla Reyes was 11th at 21:08; Mariah Thompson was 12th at 21:10; Chelsea Chestnut was 13th at 21:25; Micah Brocker was 14th at 21:31; Reagan Hester was 15th at 21:32; and Lizzy Smith was 18th at 21:47.

Contact Mike Bush at 530-344-5079 or mbush@mtdemocrat.net. Follow @MBushMtDemo on Twitter. 

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Mike Bush has been a Staff Writer at the Mountain Democrat since August 2011. Follow him on Twitter @MBushMtDemo
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