THE START of the girls varsity D-IV race with Union Mine's Michelle Gonzales and Allison Babbage. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins


Grizzlies, Lady Cougars reach finals

By From page A8 | November 20, 2013

Bates, Babbage, Gonzales, Peterson, Kauhaahaa qualify

FOLSOM — The Golden Sierra High boys and El Dorado High girls cross-country teams produced strong finishes at last Saturday’s CIF Sac-Joaquin Section meet at Willow Hill to move on to the CIF State Meet.

Golden Sierra won the Division V boys title with 35 points, dominating Foresthill, which was in second place with 68 points. Jason Yurgelevic, Ryan Sewell, David Blanton, Hunter Hughes, Chris Pugh, Nick Blanton and Allan Nicholson make up the Grizzly squad who will compete at the state championships at Woodward Park in Fresno on Saturday, Nov. 30.

Yurgelevic led Golden SIerra with a second place time of 17 minutes, 26 seconds.

“The last part of the race, my legs felt a little fatigued,” Yurgelevic said. “I probably should’ve stretched a little more. Overall, it was a pretty good race and I think we’ve had a great season.”

Yurgelevic, a junior, wanted to get off to a fast start in the 3.1 mile race.

“Once that is over with, then I get into a rhythm and pushing ahead,” he said.

El Dorado finished third in Division III competition that also qualified for the trip to Fresno. The Lady Cougars had 88 points, Del Oro was second with 71 points and Vista del Lago won the title with 49 points.

The last time an El Dorado girls harrier squad advanced to the CIF State Meet was in 1989.

Kaitlynn Staggers, Qing Swain, Arianna Pizzuti, Celina Vincencio, Dani Destefano, Katherine Buethe and Mariah Thompson are part of that team.

“The girls executed the plan throughout the race from the start all the way to the finish,”El Dorado head coach Peanut Harms said. “The plan was not to go out as fast, and gradually work into the race. I think it’s the best way to race this course.”

The course starts off on the flat lands that works its way half way around the Willow Hill Reservoir through a ravine bridge and hills. The last part, Harms points out, is the last 600 meters of the race.

“The light pole in,” said Harms, pointing toward the light pole on the visitors side of Folsom High’s football stadium. “We focused on that, and I know we picked up points there.

Staggers took 12th place with a time of 20:26.

“I felt strong, I just kept telling that to myself ‘we have to make state,’” Staggers said.

As for qualifying for state, Staggers said, “I am so excited. I couldn’t be more prouder.”

In an exciting Division III varsity boys race, the top four teams were separated by just 20 points in a race where only the top three teams advance. El Dorado missed qualifying by four points with 86 behind third place finisher Oakmont with 82. The Cougars have advanced to the state meet for the last three seasons.

The Oak Ridge varsity girls squad also finished just outside the qualifying mark ending the season in fourth place at 102 points behind third place Woodcreek at 94 in D-I. Oak Ridge’s Rachel Peterson grabbed sixth place (19:07) in the varsity girls race.

“She will continue to train well over the next two weeks to get prepared to race at the state meet,” Oak Ridge head coach Rob Fairly said.

Peterson added, “(The section meet) was super competitive. The last time I was out here was two weeks ago for the (Delta River League) finals.”

In D-III, El Dorado’s Boone Bates took seventh place (16:48) in the varsity boys race. Bates lead for half of the race.

“I just got tired on the hills,” Bates said. “This is one of the hardest courses in the section.”

Union Mine had three individuals qualify from D-IV. Makana Kauhaahaa completed the course in 16:55 for fifth place. In the varsity girls race, Michelle Gonzalez (20:37) and Allison Babbage (20:38) finished in seventh and eighth place respectively.

The Oak Ridge sophomore boys team had four runners in the top five to claim the D-I sophomore boys title. The Trojans also won the sub-section title on Nov. 9.

Mountain Democrat staff writer Mike Bush contributed to this story. 

Below are results of all El Dorado County harriers competing at the section meet.

Varsity Boys Division 1 (Oak Ridge, 10th place, 209 points)

18 Alex Merry (OR) 16:55; 39 Patrick Irwin (OR) 17:48; 53 Jordan Hordesky (OR) 18:08; 56 Colin Pilcher (OR) 18:15; 74 Josh Gladwell (OR) 18:56; 75 Bret McNamee (OR) 19:14; 79 Brett Ford (OR) 19:54;

Varsity Girls Division I (Oak Ridge 4th place, 102 points. Top 3 teams qualify for CIF State Meet).

6–Rachel Peterson (OR),  19:07 (individual state meet qualifier); 17-Briana Dulgar (OR) 19:54; 24-Arial Hendrickson (OR), 20:10; 26-Mikhayla Polivka (OR), 20:12; 40-Maddie Dezordo (OR), 20:56; 41-Sarah Dolley (OR), 20:59

Varsity Boys Division II

39-David Duncan (PHS), 17:36; 56-Shane Marshall (PHS), 17:56

Varsity Girls Division II (Ponderosa 10th place, 221 points)

26-Brittany Anselmo (PHS), 20:43; 42-Hannah O’Donnell (PHS), 21:19; 58-Claire Hoffman (PHS), 22:29; 59-Casey Halkett (PHS), 22:30; 70-Erin Ling (PHS), 23:06; 75-Kaylee Nagy (PHS), 23:58; 76-Natalie Palmberg (PHS), 24:07

Varsity Boys Division III 

7-Boone Bates (ED), 16:48 (individual state meet qualifier); 13-Dalton Douglas-Hiley (ED), 17:05; 22-Charlie Plamondon (ED), 17:26; 25-Jay Revolinsky (ED), 17:37; 35-Ethan Reeder (ED), 17:46; 38-Stabler Young (ED), 17:47; 48-Ryan Gray (ED), 18:08.

Varsity Girls Division III

12-Kaitlynn Staggers (ED), 20:26; 13-Qing Swain (ED), 20:31; 21-Arianna Pizzuti (ED), 20:55; 31-Celina Vincencio (ED), 21:11; 32-Dani Destefano (ED), 21:15; 34-Katherine Buethe (ED), 21:22; 36-Mariah Thompson (ED), 21:28

Varsity Boys Division IV

5-Makana Kauhaahaa (UM), 16:55 (individual state meet qualifier); 12-William Winter (UM), 17:35; 56-Durand Smiley (UM), 19:17; 58-Austin Cordero (UM), 19:20; 61-Aaron Jonas (UM), 19:28; 63-Keis Verleur (UM), 19:33; 65-Adam Benouar (UM), 19:41.

Varsity Girls Division IV

7-Michelle Gonzalez (UM), 20:37 (individual state meet qualifier); 8 Allison Babbage (UM), 20:38 (individual state meet qualifier); 24-Breanna Winter (UM), 21:57; 27-Michaela Yack (UM), 22:03; 33-Isabella Ancona (UM), 22:09; 51 Elise Piazza (UM), 23:13; 72-Jordan Caldwell (UM), 26:27

Varsity Boys Division V

2-Jason Yurgelevic (GS), 17:26; 3-Ryan Sewell (GS), 17:39; 8-David Blanton (GS), 18:23; 11-Hunter Hughes (GS), 18:51; 17-Chris Pugh (GS), 19:19; 31-Nick Blanton (GS), 20:05; 35-Allan Nicholson (GS), 20:34.

Golden Sierra 1st place with 35 points. State Meet: Top 2 Teams advance. 

Freshman Boys Division I

27-Nolan Vanhonsebrouck (OR) 13:17.

Frosh/Soph Girls Division II

42-Emma Cook (PHS), 16:08.

Freshman Boys Division III

29-Josh Atkins (ED), 13:42; 44-Stephen Koskonocky (ED), 55:27.

Freshman Boys Division V

2-Thomas Christie (GS), 13:43; 4-Casey Mitchell (GS), 14:23; 5-Max Debecker (GS), 14:36.

Sophomore Boys Division I

2-Austin Streetman (OR) 11:25; 4-Luke Bricca (OR) 11:55; 5-Blake Hanson (OR), 11:56; 10-Joe Shaller (OR) 12:06; 12-Blake Fabian (OR), 12:14; 20-Kyle Kauffman (OR), 12:28; 25-Chad Vardas (OR), 12:32.

Oak Ridge: 1st place with 31 points, second place to Davis Sr. with 55.

JV Boys Divisions III-IV-V

6-Grant Seely (ED), 18:36; 24-Joel Kaderka (ED), 19:40; 26-Garrett Locher (ED) 19:47; 28-John Capps (ED) 19:52; 34-Cameron Peeters (ED), 20:26; 48-Vincent Ross (ED) 24:16.

JV Girls Divisions I-II

20-Alison Bamford (OR), 22:27.

JV Girls Divisions 3-4-5

6-Lizzy Smith (ED), 22:32; 9-Chelsea Chestnut (ED), 23:34.

Rebecca Reddish

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