FOLSOM — The Oak Ridge and Golden Sierra High cross country teams competed in the Josh Ruff Memorial Trojan Invite Saturday at the Willow Hills course on the Folsom High campus. Approximately 963 from 25 high schools competed on the 3.1 mile course.
In the varsity girls’ race, Oak Ridge earned first place with 48 points. The Trojans were led by Rachel Peterson (5th place), Ellie Velez (10th) and Briana Dulgar (11th).
The Oak Ridge varsity boys placed 10th with 255 points. The Trojans were led by Jordan Hordesky (29th place), Alex Merry (43rd) and Colin Pilcher (62nd ). Six runners: Dusty Armstrong, Marcos Conde, Zach Thornton, Jake Zeltner, Evan Baxter and Ryan Prestegard from last year’s section championship team did not race, but did a training run at Lake Natoma and then came to work as course monitors and split timers on the back part of the course.
In the frosh/soph girls’ race, 11 teams competed and 124 runners completed. The Oak Ridge frosh/soph girls placed second and were led by Mikhayla Polivka (5th place), Aishani Kumar (8th) and Arial Hendrickson, who took 10th place.
In the frosh/soph boys’ races, 19 schools competed with 202 runners. The Oak Ridge frosh/soph boys squad came home with top honors, taking first place with 75 points. The Trojans were tied with McClatchy with 75 points but Kyle Kauffman, who was Oak Ridge’s sixth-place finisher, beat McClatchy’s sixth place finisher to break the tie. Leading the way for the Trojans were Chad Vardas (4th place), Jason Phen (14th) and Patrick Irwin (17th).
In the Oak Ridge junior varsity boys and junior varsity girls’ races, Mindy Ong placed sixth and Mia Brower placed eighth. Garrett Amidon placed 16th and Kevin Kaita placed 47th.
Competing for Golden Sierra were Alex Soden, 75th in the JV boys race, and Jenna Pendzinski, who was 29th in the JV girls’ race. Competing in the frosh/soph boys races’ for the Grizzlies were Hunter Hughes, 19th place; Ryan Sewell, 38th; Tristan Rollins, 55th; Alan Nicholson, 96th and Stanley Marcel, 102nd.
For complete results see PrepCalTrack.com.
In addition, the youth race for ages 8-14 had 243 athletes. The youth race had excellent performances on the challenging 1.5 mile course. The top 10 youth race boys and the top 10 youth race girls received medals.
Varsity girls: 5-Rachel Peterson 20:15; 10-Ellie Velez, 21:05; 11-Briana Dulgar, 21:05; 16-Maddie DeZordo, 21:38; 20-Samantha Kilcollins, 21:55; 21-Alison Bamford, 22:01; 22-Whitney Wilhelmy, 22:12.
Varsity boys: 29-Jordan Hordesky, 18:46; 43-Alex Merry, 19:04; 62-Colin Pilcher, 19:34; 64-JT Janecek, 19:38; 65-Nick Campanello, 19:38; 99-Frank Sciales, 21:40.
Frosh/Soph girls: 5-Mikhayla Polivka, 14:33; 8-Aishani Kumar, 15:08; 10-Arial Hendrickson, 15:09;
12-Lauren Martinez, 15:25; 13-Karina Kauffman, 15:28; 14-Sarah Reinhart, 15:34; 30-Katie Kitowski, 16:31; 38-Leesa Bingham, 16;54; 62-Tonya Khounani, 18:03; 73-Sami Jo Sanfelice, 18:28.
Frosh/Soph boys:4-Chad Vardas, 12:30; 12-Jason Phen, 12:48; 17-Patrick Irwin, 12:53; 18-Bret McNamee, 12:54; 19-Hunter Hughes, 12:55; 22-Sebastian Gardey, 13:00; 37-Kyle Kauffman, 13:23; 38- Ryan Sewell, 13:25; 52-Chris Buckley, 13:45; 55-Tristan Rollins, 13:51; 69-Tanner Martin, 14:15; 82-Blake Fabian, 14:39; 90-Garrett Bardini, 14:50; 96-Alan Nicholson, 14:53; 102-Stanley Marcel, 15:00; 104-Ian Feekes, 15:03; 124-Taylor Savage, 15:31; 135-Kyle Denison, 15:49; 152-Brent Maher, 16:09; 156-Austin Bricker, 16:14; 179-Mo Fitzgerald, 17:28; 194-Matthew Sichler, 19:46.
JV girls:6-Mindy Ong, 24:48; 8-Mia Brower, 25:29; 29-Jenna Pendzinski, 33:14.
JV Boys: 16-Garrett Amidon, 20:35; 47-Kevin Kaita, 23:53; 48-Joey Linares, 23:59; 58-Andre Henry, 25:00; 75-Alex Soden, 28:42.