Eight varsity teams advance to sections

By From page A6 | November 13, 2013

Jason SDL Meet: This photo was taken at the first SDL meet (9/25)

GOLDEN SIERRA'S Jason Yurgelevic, pictured at the SDL meet, won Saturday's Division V boys varsity race. Photo by Rebecca Reddish

FROGTOWN — Eight of the nine El Dorado County cross-country varsity teams running at last Saturday’s subsections at the Calaveras County Fairgrounds qualified for this weekend’s section meet, the gateway to the season-ending state championships at Woodward Park in Fresno.

Area squads competed across five divisions. The top 10 teams and individuals advanced to sections. Oak Ridge, El Dorado and Union Mine sends both its boys and girls teams to Willow Hills; Ponderosa’s girls qualified; along with Golden Sierra’s boys, the Grizzlies only varsity team that raced.

Golden Sierra had the only county winner in Jason Yurgelevic who won the Division V race with a time of 17.27 on the three-mile course. The Grizzly boys team also placed first.

The top boys time belonged to El Dorado’s Boone Bates, 19th out of 820 total runners, who coasted into the finish corral in an impressive 16.40. The Cougar boys and girls both took third place in the D-III race — the girls led by Quig Swain’s 13th place finish.

In the D-IV girls race, Michelle Gonzales came in 5th as Union Mine placed second. On the boys side, D’back Makana Kauhaahaa turned in the area’s third best showing at 17.01. His team was seventh.

Trojan Alex Merry, disappointed with last week’s time of over 17.00, ran under that mark Saturday with a 16.57 to help Oak Ridge to eighth place. The Lady Trojans, paced by Briana Dulgar in 15th, were fifth.

Ponderosa’s girls, led by Brittany Anselmo and Hannah O’Donnell, snuck in with a ninth place standing but the boys, in 12th, missed the cut. Bruin David Duncan and Shane Marshall advance as individuals.

In the sophomore boys race, Oak Ridge finished first.

To see complete results for the varsity, Sophomore, frosh/soph and freshman races from last Saturday, visit

Below are the local varsity results.

Division I (Oak Ridge girls, 5th place, 126 points/Oak Ridge boys, 8th place, 193 points)
Girls: 15-Briana Dulgar, 20.26; 17-Mikhayla Polivka, 20.28; 22-Arial Hendrickson, 20.42; 34-Sarah Dolley, 20.55; 38-Maddie Dezordo, 20.57; 41-Rachel Peterson, 21.22.
Boys: 10-Alex Merry, 16.57; 24-Patrick Irwin, 17.25; 33-Colin Pilcher, 17.40; 44-Jordan Hordesky, 18.01; 82-Josh Gladwell, 19.03; 115-Bret McNamee, 20.19; 139-Brett Ford, 23.12.
Division III (Ponderosa girls, 9th place, 257 points/Ponderosa boys, 12th place, 298 points)
Girls:  28-Brittany Anselmo, 20.55; 33-Hannah O’Donnell, 21.02; 50-Claire Hoffman, 22.10; 4-Erin Ling, 22.43; 85-Natalie Palmberg, 24.25; 89-Casey Halkett, 24.58; 96-Kendyl Maher, 25.24.
Boys: 29-David Duncan, 17.06; 51-Shane Marshall, 17.47; 55-Josh Boiler, 17.53; 76-TJ Holloway, 18.22; 87-Pedro Lopez, 18.42; 98-Marcus Nunley, 18.56; 99-Carson Webb, 18.57.
Division III (El Dorado girls, 3rd place, 111 points/El Dorado boys, 3rd place, 118 points)
Girls: 13-Qing Swain, 20.48; 18-Celina Vincenzio, 20.57; 20-Kaitlynn Staggers, 21.00; 29-Mariah Thompson, 21.30; 31-Katherine Buethe, 21.32; 35-Arianna Pizzuti, 21.43; 49-Karla Reyes, 22.28.
Boys: 4-Boone Bates, 16.40; 2-Jay Revolinsky, 17.17; 27-Charlie Plamondon, 17.28; Dalton Douglas-Hiley, 17.33; 36-Stabler Young, 17.49; 43-Ethan Reeder, 18.03; 59-Ryan Gray, 18.24.
Division IV (D’back girls, 2nd place, 124 points/D’back boys, 7th place, 189 points)
Girls: 5-Michelle Gonzalez, 20.21; 10-Allison Babbage, 21.14; 22-Michaela Yack, 22.01; 23-Isabella Ancona, 22.02; 64-Elise Piazza, 24.08; 90-Rebecca Trujillo, 26.27; 93-Jordan Caldwell, 26.46.
Boys: 3-Makana Kauhaahaa, 17.01; 6-William Winter, 17.22; 55-Austin Cordero, 19.23; 58-Aaron Jonas, 19.29; 67-Durand Smiley, 19.45; 74-Keis Verleur, 19.56; 81-Adam Benouar, 20.12.
Division V (Golden Sierra boys, 1st place, 47 points)
Boys: 1-Jason Yurgelevic, 17.27; 9-David Blanton, 18.44; 10-Ryan Sewell, 18.55; 11-Hunter Hughes, 19.14; 16-Chris Pugh, 19.47; 26-Nick Blanton, 20.39; 28-Allan Nicholson, 20.44.

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