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Whitney boys will hang first-place banner in Wildcats’ gymnasium

Girls work hard for runner-up spot
By: Jim Linsdau Placer Herald Sports Editor
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FOLSOM _ Whitney High Schools cross country team placed three runners from both the boys and girls squads on the Capital Athletic League All League team and claim both a first and second at the final CAL League Championships, Oct. 27. Wildcats’ premier runner Ryan Hodgens had to hang on in order to beat teammate Jacob Zufelt as the two came in No. 1 and No. 2 over the 5,000-meter course at Willow Hills. Their times were 16:49, and 16:51, respectively. Just behind them was Nathan Wellington, who finished 4th, clocking in at 16:59. Rounding out the field of five was Nicolas Pulido (13th, 18:57), and Dewvin Valdez (15th, 19:22). “(The day) was a great day for our team,” Whitney head coach Mark Snow wrote in an announcement of the event. “Everyone ran great and we came home with lots of honors. The boys varsity brought home their first league championship banner that will hang proudly in the gym.” And the boys were just part of the story. Megan Hall came in second for girls varsity, turning in a time of 20:06; just two places behind her in fourth was Jenica Dodge with a time of 20:41. Taelor Hatch claimed the 10th spot in a time of 22:44. Keeping the pace to help give the girls second-place honors were Ali Oranen (23:21), and Nicole Kreutzberg (23:23). The placed 15th and 16th respectively. “From top to bottom everyone came ready to race and competed well,” Snow said, “especially the middle of our teams.” Snow pointed out the efforts of Pulido and Valdez for the boys, and Oranen and Kreutzberg for the girls. JV _ Whitney’s Brionah Moore covered the 2-mile course in 16:55, here best race of the year. That effort gave Moore seventh place. Moriah Moore was 15th in a time of 18:05. The boys placed third with Skyler Riley coming in sixth (13:19), and Eric Leverenz 10th (13:22). Just behind in 15th and 16th place were Grant Waters (14:07, and Nick Alieniece (14:08). Brenden Allen was 19th, running the course in 14:32. The team travels to Angel’s Camp this weekend for the Sac-Joaquin Subsections.