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Rocklin cross country heads for sections

Cool temperatures don’t slow Thunder
By: Lloyd Jones Courtesy Thunder Cross County
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ANGELS CAMP _ One way to keep warm in 30-degree temperatures is to run fast, and the Rocklin High School cross-country team did just that, Saturday, as both the Thunder boys and girls qualified as a team for the Sac-Joaquin Sections Meet this weekend. The boys came in fifth behind the efforts of Alex Macchietto (19th, 16:43), Ryan Jones (26th, 16:53), Connor Hensley (39th, 17:14), Ravi Sharma (40th, 17:14), and Ryan McCormick (46th, 17:20). The pace of Division II competition was evident as the team ran only 37 seconds apart, and was separated by 27 places. Rocklin head coach Dan Pereira was pretty happy with the results of all the runners. “I think we are peaking at the right time, mentally and physically, so I’m excited for the week,” Pereira said. “If the team, as a whole, shows the effort we did this last weekend at subs, then success will be ours.” The girls squad placed seventh with 10 of the 18 teams qualifying for sections. And, the Thunders’ No. 1 runner, Mikaela Yerkes, wasn’t able to compete. The Rocklin top five runners were Heidi Greenwood (28th, 20:38), Erin Greenwood (38th, 21:04), Lindsey Romeri (40th, 21:10), Sydney Strecker (45th, 21:35), and Lauren Fessenden (52nd, 22:01). Again, the Thunder ran just 83 seconds apart, and was separated by 24 runners. “I’m not sure what the results will be in terms of place, or if we make it to state, but it will be success in my eyes,” said Pereira of his club’s performance. “ I’ve always preached that if the effort is there, that is all we are asking as a coaching staff. It will be tough to make state with Folsom and Jesuit looking good, but we are prepared.” JV _ Javier Lopez and Donovan Feliz finished 18th and 19th, respectively, in the junior varsity boys division. They led the Thunder team to sixth place. Sabrina Wilson came in 11th for the girls, and was followed closely by Marissa Romeri (16th), and Brit Husman (18th). The three advanced to sections as individual runners, although the team did not place. Sophomores _ Galen Fritz garnered 14th running boys Division I and II; Juliette Sherill and Amanda Ehrhardt finished 18th and 19th, respectively for the girls. “Lyndsey Settle was awesome in the frosh/soph girls race, and the JV boys had an awesome team time (17:53) – best in school history on that course,” said Pereira.