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Rocklin boys take top spot in Woodbridge cross country meet

Northern California team tops 22 So Cal clubs
By: Lloyd Jones Courtesy
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IRVINE _ In spite of more than 18,000 runners churning up the dust in the Woodbridge Invite cross-country meet, Sept. 16-18, the Rocklin High School boys raced through the evening hours to capture the No. 1 spot in their division out of 23 schools, 22 were from Southern California. The Thunders’ Ryan Jones clocked a time of 15:37 for 14th place, Alex Macchietto was seconds behind at 15:48 and in the 20th spot, while Ravi Sharma came in 39th in a time of 16:12. Rounding out the five-man scoring team were Connor Hensley (40th, 16:13), and Ryan McCormick (41st, 16:14); just 37 seconds separated the five runners. “We still have a league championship, sections, and state that we need to focus on,” said Jones. “This was good,” Sharma said, echoing his teammate’s sentiments, “but we know we can do better.” Also crossing the finish line were Zach Skalet (67th, 16:42), and Ty Medd (81st, 16:57). “I know the boys were happy with their finish,” said Rocklin cross-country head coach Dan Periera, “but I also know they believe they can be better.” The Rocklin girls fielded a young team for the trip and came in 16th in their division. There were 24 clubs running. The Thunders’ only senior, Mikaela Yerkes finished in 31st place in a time of 18:41. Junior Heidi Greenwood was 68th, in a time of 19:23, and her freshman sister, Erin Greenwood, crossed the line in 19:44 for the 88th spot. Also filling in the top five were two sophomores, Lindsey Romeri (91st, 19:48), and Lauren Fessenden (109th, 20:10). Also competing were junior McKayla Burrows (114th, 20:12), and sophomore Sydney Strecker (135th, 20:28). “The girls had the closest team time than we have had in a long time,” said Periera. “I am proud of all their efforts.” The rewards kept coming on the trip as the team also got to spend time going to a movie, shopping at the Spectrum Outdoor Mall, swimming, and building sand castles at Newport Beach. They slept well coming home. “The coaches have taught us to run as a team,” McCormick said, reflecting on the Woodbridge run. “And today it worked.” Oct. 1 signals the Del Oro Invite, 6 p.m., Golden Eagles’ campus.