Cross Country: Jaguars finish first at home meet
by Bob Brownne
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Jaguar Invitational
A group of runners in the varsity boys race, including Millennium High’s Donoban Salinas, right, negotiate the hills and turns during the Jaguar Invitational cross country meet at Eagal Lakes in Tracy on Saturday, Sept. 15.
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The undulating hills and sandy trails along the San Joaquin River are helping local cross country runners get ready for their post-season goals.

Eagal Lakes, which is at the end of Lorenzen Road just west of Tracy and Interstate 5, is the home course for four local teams.

On Saturday, Sept. 15, the riverside resort, which includes trails that circle that man-made lake and snake through the woods next to the river, hosted the Jaguar Invitational cross country meet.

Kimball junior Francesca Loayza, who finished first in the varsity girls’ 5K race (21:38), said she expects the course will get her ready for post-season competition.

She’s going for a repeat trip to the Sac-Joaquin Section subsection race at Frogtown at the Calaveras County Fairgrounds in Angels Camp on Nov. 3, and then the section finals at Willow Hill in Folsom on Nov. 10.

“It's mentally tough because there are a lot of hills and it's really uneven, but we've had practice out here, so I'm used to it,” she said. “The most challenging for me is Frogtown.”

Loayza came in 11th at last year’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division II championships in Folsom, one place short of advancing to state competition.

This year, Loayza has Nov. 24, the date of the 2012 state championships in Fresno, marked on her calendar.

“This year it's my goal. I really want to go to state,” she said.

Kimball junior Kamryn Van Allen placed second (19:27.1) in the varsity boys 5K race. He said that the team’s goal is to make sure everyone on the Jaguar team gets better.

“We're going for personals, but we're saying, ‘Let’s work as a team. Let’s try to get higher up on the scoreboard,’” he said. “We're going to run together but we're going to push each other a little bit. We're going to push each others' speed and strength for other races.”

Going for a repeat trip to state this year is Millennium High junior Anneliese Bradely, who was fifth-place in the varsity girls on Saturday (23:30.5). She finished first in SJS Division V last year to qualify for state.

She’s encouraged this year by the level of participation cross country has at the charter school.

“We have a really good team this year. A lot of people have come and tried out for this team,” Bradley said.

Millennium’s varsity boys team is also on the rise this year, taking third place on Saturday. Millennium junior Spencer Blackwell said that the Falcons focus on pushing each other to get better team scores.

“We started a cross country team three or four years ago and never tried to place. We're slowly but surely working our way up the brackets,” he said.

Kimball wins at both varsity levels in home meet

Both the Kimball varsity boys and girls finished in first place among the six competing schools during the Jaguar Invitational Saturday, Sept. 15, at Eagal Lakes in Tracy.

Kimball varsity boys (31) beat out Foresthill (45), Millennium (77), Weston Ranch (92) and Tracy (102).

Orestimba High didn’t have enough runners to calculate a team score.

Kimball varsity girls (18) beat Millennium, (45), the only other local team to place near the top of the field.

Runners contributing to their team scores on Saturday include, for the Kimball girls: Francesca Loayza (21:38), Anna Carrasco (22:40.8), Chayah Sharma (23:31.3), Sophia Dalida (24:18.4), Joanna Zhu (24:59.0), Jazmin Gonzales (25:56.9), and Rachel Johnson (25:58.6).

Scores from the Falcon varsity girls also include Anneliese Bradely (23:30.5), Serena Cho (26:52.4), Prianna Patel (27:09.6), Esephinia Garces (28:37.2), Janet Camacho (32:59.3), Gianna Oliveri (36:46.6), and Marissa Walten (36:56.0).

Tracy High’s Kaitlin Spencer finished third with a time of 22:24.2. Also running for Tracy was Brenda Lopez (30:42.1), but the Bulldogs did not have a full team.

Kimball varsity boys contributing to the team score were Kamryn Van Allen (19:27.1), Eduardo Calderon (19:51.2), Rigo Carrasco (20:01.0), Greg Dawson (20:29.1), Simarjit Singh (20:42.7), Christian Andrews (21:00.8), and Roger Gomez (21:22.3).

Times for the Millennium boys team included runs by Donoban Salinas (20:27.1), Spencer Blackwell (20:34.1), Jesse Castro (21:06.0), J.T. Amador (21:19.2), Daniel Scahill (25:03.4), Paul Cardeas (25:13.9), and Jude Ocampo (25:23.9).

Other runners for Tracy High included Thomas Ridder (21:02.3), Chris Garcia (21:10.4), Sam Maya (22:07.8), Andrew Canlas (22:24.5), and Charles Quan (23:48.5).

In the freshman-sophomore boys race, the Orestimba team won with a score of 35. Other scores were Kimball, 49, Weston Ranch, 62 and Tracy, 71. In the frosh-soph girls, Kimball beat Tracy 17-19, and Millennium was the only school to field a full junior varsity boys team. There were no junior varsity girls teams competing.

VOL cluster meet No. 1

Kimball High competed in the Valley Oak League’s first cluster meet on Wednesday, Sept. 12, at Legion-Tuolumne Regional Park in Modesto. The meet was scored as a series of dual meets, with the Kimball girls losing only to Manteca, and the boys coming in behind Manteca, Sierra and Sonora.

Manteca beat Kimball 21-36, and Kimball beat East Union 22-33, Oakdale 15-42, Sierra 26-29, Weston Ranch 19-29, and beat Lathrop and Sonora 15-50.

Francesca Loayza placed third overall among the varsity girls with a time of 20:48 on the 5K course. Other Kimball runners were: Anna Carrasco (22:30), Jemiyah Castro (23:07), Chayah Sharma (24:06), Joanna Zhu (24:11), Rachel Johnson (25:11)

In the varsity boys, Kimball lost to Manteca 15-50, to Sierra 15-49 and to Sonora 25-30. Kimball beat East Union 17-43, Lathrop 16-43, Oakdale 26-29 and Weston Ranch 20-39.

Kimball’s runners included Kamryn Van Allen (19:17), Rigo Carrasco (19:41), Eduardo Calderon (20:01), Laurence Paulite (20:43), Simarjit Singh (20:59), Christian Andrews (21:51) and Devin Patel (22:36).

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