It was a very good day for the Oak Ridge cross country teams at Sac State Hornet Jamboree on Sept. 10.
The invitational was held at the Granite Regional Park course with many of the area’s top cross country teams competing. The frosh/soph and junior varsity course was 2.2 miles and the varsity course was 5 kilometers (3.1 miles).
The Oak Ridge boys’ and girls’ varsity teams were short handed. Junior Zach Thornton was not able to race due to an injury and junior Dusty Armstrong ran conservatively in his training shoes because he is just coming back from an injury. In addition, sophomore Ryan Prestegard ran in the frosh/soph race so his racing abilities were missed on the varsity team.
On the varsity girls’ team only three athletes raced — Maxine Goyette, Holli Arrieta, and Taylor Ashby. Senior Abby Walker is recovering from an injury and did not race. The top frosh/soph girls raced in the frosh/soph race.
The frosh/soph boys race was the first race at 7:45 a.m. The Oak Ridge frosh/soph boys’ team, which had 15 althletes participating, raced quite well and placed 5th with 120 points. The team was lead by Ryan Prestegard (1st place, 11:39) and Colin Pilcher (13th place, 12:18). Prestegard ran a strategically sound race pacing well throughout the course and finished two seconds ahead of Will Greenwood of Granite Bay.
The frosh/soph girls team had a great day racing at the Hornet Jamboree, placing first with a very low score of 22 points. Oak Ridge had six frosh/soph girls place in the top 10. The team was lead by freshman Ellie Velez who ran an excellent race placing second with a time of 13:29. Rachel Peterson finished very strong placing third with a time of 13:49. Reaghan Emrick had a good first race of the season placing fourth with a time of 13:57. Emrick has been recovering from an injury. Other frosh/soph girls placing in the top 10 were Sabrina Andrus (fifth), Mikayla Mefford (eighth), and Sami Kilcollins (10th). The frosh/soph girls had 20 athletes compete. The future looks very bright for this team.
The frosh/soph girls’ team has shown early in the season they are an extremely strong team. They have won their first two meets and are looking forward to competing at the Nevada Union Invite on Sept. 17 and the Trojan Invite on Oct. 1. Last year the frosh/soph girls team went undefeated winning 8 meets.
The first finishers for the varsity teams — Sean McHone and Maxine Goyette — had outstanding races. McHone lead the varsity boys with a 22nd place finish with a time of 16:33 (5:20 per mile pace), a personal best for McHone on a 5 kilometer course. The varsity boys’ team placed 7th with 177 points. Goyette had an excellent race pacing well throughout the 5 kilometers to finish second in a personal best time of 18:37 (6:00 per mile pace).
The top 10 finishers in the varsity races received medals and the top five finishers in the frosh/soph/JV races received medals. Oak Ridge had six athletes who received medals at the Hornet Jamboree. The frosh/soph and junior varsity runners will be traveling to Nevada Union High School this Saturday to compete at the Nevada Union Invite. The varsity athletes will not compete this Saturday and will have a training run at Lake Natoma. The varsity boys and girls teams will be competing at the prestigious Stanford Invitational on Sept. 24.
For complete results for the Hornet Jamboree see hornetsports.com.