Senior Rachel Peterson was the only cross country runner from Oak Ridge to qualify for the state meet. Courtesy photo


Sophomore boys take 1st at Willow Hills

By From page A6 | November 27, 2013

Senior Rachel Peterson secures a spot in the state meet

Oak Ridge’s sophomore boys ran past the competition on the Willow Hills cross country course on Nov. 16, winning the D1 race convincingly.

The team had five athletes place in the top 12: Austin Streetman led the team by placing second with a very fast time of 11:25 over the tough 3,400-meter course followed by Luke Bricca (4th), Blake Hanson (5th), Joe Shaller (10th), Blake Fabian (12th). Trojans Kyle Kauffman cane in 20th and Chad Vardas took 25th. Oak Ridge scored 31 points and Davis scored 55 points to place second. The entire sophomore boys team earned medals.

The Oak Ridge varsity girls’ team placed 4th in the D1 race with 102 points, just missing out on the state meet. Woodcreek placed 3rd with 94 points to snag the final qualifying spot. Varsity girls runners at the section meet were Rachel Peterson, Briana Dulgar, Arial Hendrickson, Mikhayla Polivka, Maddie DeZordo and Sarah Dolley.

Peterson and Dulgar placed 6th and 17th, respectively, earning CIF section medals. Peterson’s finish netted her a spot in the state meet — the only Trojan to do so.

“Rachel moved up very nicely during the second loop of the challenging 5-kilometer course to finish in 19:07 which tied her best time on the course,” said coach Rob Fairley. “Rachel was the first individual qualifier in the race. She will continue to train well over the next two weeks to get prepared to race at the state meet at Woodward Park in Fresno on Nov. 30.”

The Oak Ridge varsity boys’ team placed 10th with 209 points. Junior Alex Merry raced very well to place 18th, earning a medal and setting a personal best time of 16:55 on the course. Junior Patrick Irwin placed 39th with a time of 17:48 and junior Jordan Hordesky placed 53rd with a time of 18:08. The other members of the varsity boys team were Colin Pilcher, Josh Gladwell, Bret McNamee and Bret Ford.

Senior Alison Bamford raced very well in the JV Girls D1/D2 race to place 20th with a time of 22:27 for the 5-kilometer course. Nolan Vanhonsebrouck raced very well in the Freshmen D1 race to place 27th with a time of 13:17 for the 3,400-meter course.

Below are the Oak Ridge results for the section meet. For complete results, go to

Varsity Girls D1 (Davis 1st with 37 points, St. Francis 2nd with 43 points, Woodcreek 3rd with 94 points, Oak Ridge 4th with 102 points) 5 kilometers
Rachel Peterson, 6th, 19:07
Briana Dulgar, 17th, 19:54
Arial Hendrickson, 24th, 20:10
Mikhayla Polivka, 26th, 20:12
Maddie DeZordo, 40th, 20:56
Sarah Dolley, 41st, 20:59

Varsity Boys D1 (Davis 1st with 38 points, Sheldon 2nd with 74 points, Consumnes Oaks 3rd with 3rd with 99 points, Oak Ridge 10th with 209 points) 5 kilometers
Alex Merry, 18th, 16:55
Patrick Irwin, 39th, 17:48
Jordan Hordesky, 53rd, 18:08
Colin Pilcher, 56th, 18:15
Josh Gladwell, 74th, 18:56
Bret McNamee, 75th, 19:14
Brett Ford, 79th, 19:54

Sophomore Boys D1 (Oak Ridge 1st with 31 points, Davis 2nd with 55 points, Armijo 3rd with 97 points) 3400 meters
Austin Streetman, 2nd, 11:25
Luke Bricca, 4th, 11:55
Blake Hanson, 5th, 11:56
Joe Shaller, 10th, 12:06
Blake Fabian, 12th, 12:14
Kyle Kauffman, 20th, 12:28
Chad Vardas, 25th, 12:32

JV Girls D1/D2 (Oak Ridge no team score) 5 kilometers
Alison Bamford, 20th 22:27

Freshmen Boys D1 (Oak Ridge no team score) 3400 meters
Nolan Vanhonsebrouck, 27th, 13:17

“All in all, it was a great season for the Oak Ridge cross country athletes,” Fairley said. “Many of the cross country athletes will continue to train over the winter to prepare themselves for the spring track season.”

Rob Fairley


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