Whitney earns invite to State Cross Country Meet

Dodge, Wellington lead ‘Cats
By: Amanda Calzada/Placer Herald
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FOLSOM_ Whitney High’s Nathan Wellington led the varsity boys and Jenica Dodge the varsity girls to second place for each in the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Cross Country Championships Division II meet at Willow Hills Reservoir Saturday.

The varsity Wildcats now advance to the CIF State Meet in Fresno Nov. 24.

Wellington, who came in fifth at 15:55, was followed by Jacob Zufelt (6th, 16:05), Ryan Hodgens (14th, 16:26) and Taylor Bradshaw (21st, 16:39).

“Only seven people had ever run under 16 minutes on the tough course. But on Saturday 10 boys eclipsed that mark with Nathan owning the 12th fastest time ever,” said Whitney head coach Mark Snow.

Rounding out the team were freshman Isaiah Hanna (39th, 17:06), Eric Leverenz and Alec Bigelow in 17:54 and 18:02, respectively. Hanna was the fourth fastest freshman at sections in all divisions for varsity.

The boys scored 85 points to champion Del Campo’s 48. The girls were second to Bella Vista, 84-45.

Dodge (6th, 19:18) was followed by teammate Megan Hall in ninth at 19:26.

Freshman Jordan Sienkiewicz was 12th (19:47). She was the ninth fastest freshman at the varsity level, all divisions.

Freshmen Ozora Cheek (20:17) and Nicole Wellington (20:59) kept the pace for the Wildcats by finishing 23rd and 29th, respectively.

“We tied Granite Bay for second place but we took the plaque because in cross country the sixth girl will break the tie,” said Snow. “Our sixth, Haley Ellis, and seventh, Hattie Groat, girls both beat Granite Bay’s sixth girl.”

Ellis was 44th (21:38) while Groat came in 48th (21:55).