Young Trojan runners win Sac State Jamboree

By: Staff Report
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The Oak Ridge freshman-sophomore girls’ cross country team won the Sac State Hornet Jamboree on Saturday at Granite Regional Park, while the boys’ placed fifth. Individually, the top varsity finishers for the Trojans, Sean McHone and Maxine Goyette, also ran well by posting personal-best finishes. Oak Ridge placed four runners in the top-five positions in the freshman-sophomore girls’ race. Ellie Velez led the way by placing second in the 2.2-mile race in 13 minutes, 29 seconds. Rachel Peterson placed third in 13:49, followed by Reaghan Emrick in fourth in 13:57 and Sabrina Andrus in fifth in 14:00. Rounding out the scorers, Mikayla Mefford placed eighth in 14:20. Other Oak Ridge runners placing in the top-20 included Samantha Kilcollins (10th, 14:36), Whitney Wilhelmy (13th, 14:49), Maddie DeZordo (15th, 15:02) and Kennedi Rasmussen (19th, 15:14). “The future looks very bright for this team,” Oak Ridge coach Rob Fairley said. “The girls have shown early in the season that they’re an extremely strong team. They have won their first two meets and are looking forward to competing at the Nevada Union Invite on Saturday and the Trojan Invite on Oct. 1.” Ryan Prestegard won the freshman-sophomore boys’ race, finishing in 11:39. Colin Pilcher placed 13th in 12:18, while Jordan Hordesky (28th, 12:42), JT Janecek (34th, 12:49) and Nick Campanello (48th, 13:07) made up the team’s scorers. “Ryan ran a strategically sound race, pacing well throughout the course and finished two seconds ahead of Will Greenwood of Granite Bay,” Fairley said. The varsity runners competed on a 3.1-mile course. McHone placed 22nd for the boys’, finishing with a personal-best time of 16:33. Dusty Armstrong placed 29th in 16:44 followed by Jake Zeltner (34th, 16:54), Evan Baxter (41st, 17:01) and Marcos Conde (58th, 17:33). Other varsity runners included Frank Sciales (96th, 20:06), Joshua Michael (100th, 21:43), Frank Maestas (102nd, 22:23) and Sam Benke (108th, 24:24). The varsity squad placed seventh overall. Goyette placed second for the varsity girls, finishing in 18:37. Holli Arrieta ran 26th in 20:43, while Taylor Ashby finished 32nd in 21:09. “Achieving a personal-best at the second meet of the season is a great accomplishment,” Fairley said. “Sean and Maxine are looking forward to lowering their 5K time as the season progresses. “All in all, it was a great day of racing for the Oak Ridge cross country teams. We had six athletes who received medals.”