Wildcats go on the road for cross country meets

Compete at Stanford, Pacific
By: Amanda Calzada/Placer Herald Correspondent
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The Whitney High varsity cross-country team traveled to the Bay Area to compete in the Stanford Invitational and the frosh/soph runners checked in at the Pacific Tiger Invitational this past week. The varsity earned a seventh place out of 19 schools competing at the Stanford meet. The Wildcats’ Jenica Dodge ran a personal best of 19:41 to finish 22nd out of 206 runners. Teammate Megan Hall crossed in 36th place in a time of 20:12. Jacob Zufelt led the boys by coming in sixth to also record his personal best time of 16:06 in the 5,000 meters. Nate Wellington was hot on his heels in seventh at 16:11. Frosh/Soph Whitney’s Jordan Sienkiewicz covered the 2-mile course in 12:12 for second place at the PTI. There were 163 runners in the competition. Sienkiewicz’s effort helped the Wildcats’ earn second place overall. Also contributing to Whitney’s success were Ozora Cheek (8th, 12:38), Ncole Wellington (9th, 12:39), Haley Ellis (13th, 12:51) and Hattie Grout (14th, 12:54). The team was separated by less than a minute. The boys were led by Eric Leverenz, who claimed seventh overall in a time of 10:47. Also earning medals were Spencer Bilyeu (15th, 11:02) and Isaiah Hanna (18th, 11:06). Rounding out the field was Taylor Nguyen (21st, 11:09) and Antonio Franco (27th, 11:29).