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Oak Ridge runs at Bronco Invitational

By: Staff Report
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The Bronco Invitational on Saturday at Willow Hills in Folsom provided some of Oak Ridge’s younger cross country runners a chance to shine and that’s exactly what they did. The sophomore boys’ team won the invitational, scoring 44 points to finish well in front of runner-up Bella Vista, who ended the race with 78 points. The freshman boys’ team placed third behind Jesuit and Elk Grove, while the freshman-sophomore girls earned a fourth-place finish. Jordan Hordesky led the sophomore team, as he placed first in the 3,400-meter race with a time of 11 minutes, 33.30 seconds. Hordesky finished 14 seconds in front of runner-up Kyle Faulkner of Franklin. Alex Merry wasn’t too far behind, as he placed third in 11:52.09. Brett Ford and Patrick Irwin ran close together, Ford placing eighth in 12:19.91 and Irwin placing ninth in 12:21.47. Brett McNamee rounded out the scorers by placing 25th in 12:43.34. “Jordan ran a strategically sound race,” Oak Ridge coach Rob Fairley said. “He didn’t go out too fast during the first mile and ran down the leader on the hilly part of the course. He finished very strong on the last half-mile.” Six others competed for the Trojans but did not score, including Chris Buckley (42nd, 13:04), Garrett Bardini (50th, 13:22), Zac Forte (73rd, 13:53), Ian Feekes (85th, 14:12), Kyle Denison (90th, 14:22) and Taylor Savage (99th, 14:37). The freshman boys’ top finisher was Kyle Kauffman, who placed eighth in 12:23.78. Sebastian Gardney placed 16th in 12:39.24, while Jason Phen ran 19th in 12:44.03. Blake Fabian (39th, 13:31.51) and Tanner Martin (41st, 13:37.08) rounded out the scorers, as the team finished third. Also running with the squad were Brent Maher (65th, 14:22), Austin Bricker (70th, 14:33) and Matthew Sichler (91st, 16:34). Briana Dulgar led the freshman-sophomore girls, placing third overall in 13:31.85. Mikhayla Polivka placed 13th in 14:11.26 with teammate Lauren Martinez running 23rd in 14:42.54. Arial Hendrickson placed 34th in 15:12.38 with Katie Kitowski running 41st in 15:25. The girls finished fourth behind Del Campo, Bella Vista and Whitney. Also running on the team included Sarah Reinhart (46th, 15:34), Karina Kauffman (47th, 15:35), Leesa Bingham (52nd, 15:38) and Peyton Wright (58th, 15:48). Ellie Velez placed third in the varsity girls’ large-school race, posting a time on the 5,000-meter course of 19:55. In the junior varsity girls’ race, Mindy Ong earned a medal by placing eighth in 23:31. Brianna Williams (33rd, 25:47) and Shannen Hansen (43rd, 26:56) also ran for the Lady Trojans. Colin Pilcher was the top finisher in the varsity boys’ large school race, finishing 65th in 18:48, just in front of teammate Pablo Guiot Vial (66th, 18:48). Garrett Amidon (106th, 19:53) and Frank Sciales (131st, 21:02) also ran. In the junior varsity race, Kevin Kaita ran 91st in 22:00. Joey Linares placed 125th in 23:36, followed by Johnathan Ploke (131st, 24:03) and Andre Henry (139th, 24:49). The Trojans next action is a league meet today at Granite Regional Park. The Delta River League finals will be held Oct. 27 at Willow Hills at Folsom High School.