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Woodcreek girls lead way at Angel's Camp

Garcia beats Holt for first place
By: Kurt Johnson, The Press Tribune
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The high school subsection cross county meet is hard to read, with the major goal for top teams being getting through to the section finals. “The subsection meet is a day of survival,” said Oakmont coach Ryan Nugent. “There are many strong runners who will assert themselves more at finals than they did this week. We have to be prepared for this. Section championships carries a lot more significance than subsection champs, but it's still nice.” When the Division II runners gathered at Frogtown, Angel’s Camp Saturday, the girls of the Sierra Foothill League were on full display and the results were impressive. “You can really see how strong the SFL is to run in when all our teams qualified for section finals and three girls and boys teams have a shot to move on, along with three to five individuals,” McKillop said. Oakmont freshman Karlie Garcia ran away with the individual title, running an 18:06 to hold off Granite Bay’s Brooke Holt by 46 seconds. That result continues a trend of alternating wins between those two runners. Nugent was quick to discount the growing rivalry between those two runners, at least so far. “Karlie needs to beat Brooke a few more times,” Nugent said. Many of the things Karlie is trying to accomplish Brooke has already done. A couple of races doesn't make it a rivalry - not yet. Brooke is the defending section champ. That is more significant than anything else. Until someone takes that title from her, Brooke is the girl to beat.” Garcia’s performance, aided by her teammates Kristine Lozoya (eighth) and Nyralee Chhotu (12th) propelled the Vikings to fourth place in the final team standings. The top eight teams advance to the section meet Saturday in Folsom, along with the 10 top individuals from outside those eight squads. Woodcreek was the overall team winner in the girls’ varsity race, paced by Courtney Crosta’s fourth-place run. As importantly, the Timberwolves were bolstered by four other runners who crossed in the top 21 at Frogtown. Stephanie Romo was sixth, with Ciara Donnelley 11th, Jennifer Romo 20th and Ashley DeVriend 21st. “Very rarely is sub-sections ‘raced’ by the top teams because everybody wants their team fresh and focused next week,” McKillop said. “The (Woodcreek) girls need to stay healthy and focused and are still training relatively hard this week in the hopes of peaking for state. They are ranked No. 1 and need to finish one through three to move on.” St. Francis finished second to Woodcreek, with Granite Bay third ahead of Oakmont’s fourth-place finish. Another SFL team, Rocklin, finished fifth. “We believed going into Saturday's meet that we were the fourth best team, we just had to show it,” Nugent said. “The problem right now is we have to be at least the third best team if we want to qualify the girls’ team to state. Saturday's results would indicate that isn't really likely, but I've seen stranger things happen at section finals in the past. The bottom line is Cheyenne Amaro, Georgia, Cambra and Amanda Haack have to move up if they want their season's to continue. Woodcreek, St. Francis and Granite Bay are all very good teams that are running very well. We cannot expect one of them to run poorly and help us out. Instead we have to get better.” In addition to Holt’s strong result, Granite Bay received great assistance from Christine Zavesky’s third-place finish. Rocklin was paced by Jessica Skalet, who crossed the line 15th and Heidi Greenwood’s 26th place result. The Thunder will have their work cut out for them with just three teams advancing to state out of the section finals, but those two runners are in good position to make a run at least at an individual state invite. Roseville sophomore Shayna Powless qualified as an individual, as she crossed in fifth position. She is well positioned to reach Fresno if she can duplicate that effort this week in Folsom. The section meet steps off at 9 a.m. Saturday at Willow Hill, just behind the campus of Folsom High School.