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Varsity runners take on Stanford course

Oak Ridge freshman Luke Bricca leads a pack of runners at the Stanford Invitational. Courtesy photo
Oak Ridge freshman Luke Bricca leads a pack of runners at the Stanford Invitational. Courtesy photo

Oak Ridge’s boys and girls cross country teams ran good races at the Sept. 28 Stanford Cross Country Invitational on the university’s golf course.

The varsity girls placed fifth out of 30 teams in the Division 1 race; 209 runners from high schools all over the state and out of state completed the course. Lady Trojan Rachel Peterson placing second with a very fast time of 18:45 (6:02 per mile pace).

“Rachel ran a strategically very sound race by not going out too fast and held a strong pace throughout the race,” said coach Rob Fairley. “She passed several competitors the second half of the race.”

The varsity girls also celebrated a section rival win over Woodcreek by two places. The Oak Ridge girls scored 218 points and Woodcreek scored 225 points.

The varsity boys placed 15th with 465 points. There were 36 teams in the race and 248 runners completed the 5,000-meter course. The team was led by freshman Luke Bricca who placed 72nd with a time of 17:33 (5:39 per mile pace). Bricca obtained a personal best for 5,000 meters and was the fourth fastest freshman in the race.

Oak Ridge’s results.

Varsity Boys Division 1 Race (Davis first with 65 points, Marina – H. Beach second with 143 points, Oak Ridge 15th with 465 points)

Luke Bricca, 72nd, 17:33

Colin Pilcher, 86th, 17:39

Jordan Hordesky, 97th, 17:46

Patrick Irwin, 100th, 17:47

Alex Merry, 124th, 18:01

Joe Shaller, 184th, 18:37

Josh Gladwell, 213th, 19:18

Varsity Girls Division 1 Race (Marina – H. Beach first with 120 points, Clovis West second with 124 points, Oak Ridge fifth with 218 points)

Rachel Peterson, 2nd, 18:45

Maddie Deordo, 50th, 20:23

Arial Hendrickson, 53rd, 20:25

Sarah Dolley, 58th, 20:36

Mikhayla Polivka, 59th, 20:37

Briana Dulgar, 67th, 20:44

Peyton Wright, 119th, 21:33

For complete results of the Stanford Cross country Invitational visit recordtiming.com.

Oak Ridge cross country teams will next compete at  league meet at Granite Regional Park at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 9. On Friday, Oct. 11, the teams will travel to Fresno to compete in the highly competitive Clovis Invitational on Oct. 12. The Clovis Invitational is held at Woodward Park, the site of the state meet. Teams throughout the state will compete.

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