The Whitney boys cross-country team won the Flat Sac race in Rio Linda Saturday, outpacing second-place Chico by 19 points.
Junior Austin Vasquez ran a 5,000-meter personal best at 15 minutes, 41.6 seconds to claim the top finish. Saturday was Vasquez’s first career win on the varsity cross-country circuit.
Teammates Ethan Dodge (3rd, 16:07.29), Bennett Woodward (4th, 16:24.58), Ajani Salcido (7th, 16:39.05) and Jason Finta (18th, 17:03.3) all cued solid times for the Wildcats at Gibson Ranch Park.
The Whitney girls took third as a team, led by freshman Grace Lathrop, who finished fifth at 19:45.8. Sophomore Jessica Becker (15th, 20:30.8) and freshman Natalie Eppler (19th, 20:25.97) rounded out the Lady Wildcats in the Top 20.
Whitney goes for the Sierra Foothill League championship Friday at Johnson Springview Park.
The Roseville boys took fifth as a team at Flat Sac, with Trenton Arcia (9th, 16:46.15) and Shane Meadows-Yaw (20th, 17:05.09) leading the way for the Tigers.
Forest Lake Christian junior Amber Jackson took second place in the girls race at 18:48.84. Jackson won the Wildfire Invitational two weeks earlier in Foresthill.
Western Sierra junior Sara Sabra placed 10th at 19:57.33.
MT. SAC INVITE
Also vying for the SFL crown Friday will be the Del Oro Golden Eagles, whose boys team took fifth and the girls team took third at the Mt. San Antonio College Invitational over the weekend.
Del Oro was once again led by freshman phenom Riley Chamberlain for the girls and senior leader Brayden McLaughlin for the boys. At 17:42 in the 3-mile, Chamberlain claimed her seventh win out of the eight total races she’s run this year. McLaughlin won his sixth overall race of the season, clocking in at 15:40.
“We’ve been blessed lately to have such tough and talented athletes,” said Del Oro coach Dustin Fee. “Not only have they worked hard all season, but they’ve continued to work to improve.”
Elsewhere at Mt. SAC, Lincoln’s Destiny Everett took second overall, just two seconds behind El Capitan’s Carolinh Calvert’s 18:54 finish. It was Everett’s second straight second-place finish within a span of four days after being the runner-up at the Foothill Valley League finals Oct. 16.
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