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Oak Ridge girls take third, boys sixth at Stanford Invite

By: Matt Long Telegraph Sports Editor
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The Stanford Invitational provided a mixed bag of results for Oak Ridge High’s cross country team. The young varsity girls turned in a strong performance with a third-place finish without a senior in the lineup, while the more veteran varsity boys’ team came home with a sixth-place finish. The girls scored 128 points and finished behind Clovis West (105) and Monte Vista (128). Rachel Peterson, a junior, placed tenth in 19 minutes, 16 seconds to lead the team. Freshman Briana Dulgar placed 17th in 19:37 with sophomore teammate Ellie Velez one second and two places behind. Junior Maddie DeZordo placed 42nd in 20:21 and sophomore Samantha Kilcollins was the team’s final scorer, placing 64th in 20:47. Whitney Wilhelmy finished 65th with the same time as Kilcollins, while Alison Bamford placed 91st in 21:52. “The girls ran above of what I expected so I’m very proud of them,” Oak Ridge coach Rob Fairley said. “A week ago we weren’t so healthy as Sami has had some shin problems; Maddie had some trouble with her hip and Briana was very sick. All of those girls got a little healthier and got a little stronger throughout the week. Rachel has even had some shin issues, but has been a steady performer.” The boys had a respectable sixth-place finish, but that finish was no where near what they wanted. Three teams from the Sac-Joaquin Section finished in front of them, including Davis, who won the meet, Lincoln of Stockton and Woodcreek. “There was disappointment all over the boys’ faces,” Fairley said. “I thought Dusty and Jordan had a pretty darn good day, but the rest were not happy with how they ran. I liked how Dusty raced, as he continued to move up throughout the race and looked strong in the last mile. Jordan, a sophomore, raced really well as our No. 5 and that was a real plus.” Armstrong ran seventh and finished in 16:22, followed by Jake Zeltner, who finished 41st in 16:58. Marcos Conde ran two spots behind Zeltner in 17:00 with Evan Baxter (64th, 17:17) and Hordesky (75th, 17:23) rounding out the scorers. Ryan Prestegard (81st, 17:26) and Alex Merry (159th, 18:11) also ran for the team. “The boys were upset, but it’s still early in the year and they had a respectable finish,” Fairley said. “It’s a lot like last year when we finished sixth and then bounced back well in October. We’ve just got to do that again. Nobody remembers Stanford in November.”