BENJI XIE pulls ahead of the pack during the Delta River League Cross Country Championships Saturday. Xie's first place finish came after passing all other racers in his way during the final 1,200 meter stretch of the 3.1 mile course.

Cameron Park Sports

Trojan cross country teams sweep league championships

By November 2, 2010

FOLSOM — The Oak Ridge High and Ponderosa cross country teams wrapped up the Delta River League championships Saturday at Folsom’s Willow Hills course. The Trojans swept the banners with the varsity boys, varsity girls, frosh/soph boys and frosh/soph girls all winning league titles. The Bruin varsity boys took second while Ponderosa’s varsity girls were third.

A light rain prior to the start of the first race didn’t impact the meet as many fast times were turned in by the racers. Oak Ridge had four varsity boys in the top 10 and four varsity girls in the top 10. All eight earned All-League honors. The Bruin boys had three at the top while their girls placed two.

The Trojan boys were led by Benji Xie’s first place finish. Xie ran a smart race, controlling his pace very evenly throughout the hilly 5 kilometer (3.1 miles) course and eventually pulling away from the lead pack with 1,200 meters left, holding off his competitors over the last 600 meters.

Other strong performances were turned in by Jeroen Keukenkamp (fourth), Clay McNamee (fifth), Dusty Armstrong (ninth) and Marcos Conde (15th). Ponderosa was led by second place finisher Riley Ruppenthal, just two seconds behind Xie, Spencer Jones (sixth) and Mitchell Hawkins (seventh). Ruppenthal and Jones had personal best times.

In the varsity girls race, Oak Ridge’s Samantha Ralstin and Reaghan Emrick ran a strategically sound race and ran down the two lead runners with about 1,000 meters left to finish 1-2. They finished very strong over the last 600 meters and pulled away from their competitors. Both turned in very fast times on the challenging Willow Hills course. Other strong Troy performances were turned in by Jackie Mansoor (8th), Holli Arrieta (10th), and Brittney Putman (13th).

For the Bruins, sophomore Brooke Ruppenthal was third and senior Melissa Copley, ninth. Both set personal records.

The Oak Ridge frosh/soph boys were led by Zach Thornton’s second place finish. Thornton, who finished strong over the last 100 meters, nearly caught the first-place runner from Folsom but was a second behind. Other strong performances were turned in by Evan Baxter (4th), Jake Zeltner (5th), Ryan Prestegard (8th), and JT Janecek (9th). Ponderosa’s Ryan Prestegard was eighth, Nicholas Prete 13th and Josh Bolier, 14th.

The Trojan frosh/soph girls were led by Rachel Peterson’s second place finish. Peterson maintained a strong pace throughout the entire 3,400 meter course (2.1 miles). Mikayla Mefford was fifth, Mia Brower, seventh, Sami Kilcollins, eighth, and Alison Bamford, 12th. The frosh girls have won all six of their races.

Below are results for the Oak Ridge and Ponderosa cross country teams.

Varsity Boys (Oak Ridge 1st with 34 points, Ponderosa 2nd with 63 points, Jesuit 3rd with 67 points) (91 runners)
1-Benji Xie, OR, 16:24; 2-Riley Ruppenthal, PHS, 16.26; 4-Jeroen Keukenkamp, OR, 16:36; 5-Clay McNamee, OR, 16:47; 6-Spencer Jones, PHS, 16.51; 7-Mitchell Hawkins, PHS, 16.52; 9-Dusty Armstrong, OR, 16:53; 15-Marcos Conde, OR, 17:23; 18-Dale Skinner, PHS, 17.38; 23-Zach Speno, OR, 18:01; 28-Chris Wilcox, OR;  18:35; 30-Sean McHone, OR, 18:41; 34-Chip Henricks, PHS, 18.48; 45-Travis Clausen, PHS, 19.34; 46-Coedy Hill, PHS, 19.41; 48-James Dutta, OR, 19:44; 52-Salmaan Noorani, pHS, 19.58; 54-David Duncan, PHS, 20.10; 57-Anthony Zuccaro, OR, 20:26; 67-Jared Cook, PHS, 21.10;  70-Sean Golden, PHS, 21.31.

Varsity Girls (Oak Ridge 1st with 34 points, St. Francis 2nd with 41 points, Ponderosa 3rd with 72 points) (61 runners)
1-Samantha Ralstin, OR, 19:03; 2-Reaghan Emrick, OR, 19:08; 3-Brooke Ruppenthal, pHS, 19.16; 8-Jackie Mansoor, OR, 19:39; 9-Melissa Copley, PHS, 19.40; 10-Holli Arrieta, OR, 19:42; 13-Brittney Putman, OR, 20:14; 15-Kaileen Palmero, OR, 20:46; 17-Maxine Goyette, OR, 20:56; 18-LeeAnn Hold, 20:59; 20-Abby Walker, OR, 21:11; 22-Ashley Silveira, PHS, 21.20; 24-Brittany Anselmo, PHS, 21.24; 26-Jenna Lambert, PHS, 21.38; 27-Mindy Ong, OR, 21:50; 44-Brittany Burrows, PHS, 24.07; 47-Jennifer Aguilar, PHS, 25.00; 48-Lauren Smith, PHS, 25.30; 61-Angelina Chekmareva, PHS, 30.51.

Frosh/Soph Boys (Oak Ridge 1st with 28 points, Jesuit second with 53 points, Folsom 3rd with 84 points) (76 runners)
2-Zach Thornton, OR, 11:48; 4-Evan Baxter, OR, 11:54; 5-Jake Zeltner, OR, 11:54; 8-Ryan Prestegard, OR, 12:09; 9-JT Janecek, OR, 12:10; 13-Nicholas Prete, PHS, 12.37; 14-Josh Bolier, PHS, 12.39; 15-Nick Campanello, OR, 12:40; 26-Colin Pilcher, OR, 13:04; 27-Charles Hedin, PHS, 13.06; 30-Sergio Valdez, PHS, 13.09; 33-Marcus Nunley, PHS, 13.14; 40-Davis Alexander, PHS, 13.28; 42-Alec Branaa, PHS, 13.36; 51-Josh Michael, OR, 14:04; 59-Nick Hunt, PHS, 14.20; 61-Skyler Todd, PHS, 14.36; 65-Joey Linares, OR, 14:44; 70-Christopher Rutten, PHS, 15,11; 71-Jonathan Gamora, PHS, 15.21; 74-Cruz Fregosa, PHS, 16.33;

Frosh/Soph Girls (Oak Ridge 1st with 34 points, St. Francis 2nd with 36 points, Sheldon 3rd with 62 points) (47 runners)
2-Rachel Peterson, 13:47; 5-Mikayla Mefford, OR, 14:11; 7-Mia Brower, OR, 14:23; 8-Sami Kilcollins, OR, 14:36; 12-Alison Bamford, OR, 15:04; 19-Sydney Hold, OR, 15:49; 27-Jacquerie May, OR, 16:45; 32-Ashlyn Duran, 17:06.

BENJI XIE pulls ahead of the pack during the Delta River League Cross Country Championships Saturday. Xie's first place finish came after passing all other racers in his way during the final 1,200 meter stretch of the 3.1 mile course.

Andy Laughlin


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