X-country cleans up in P'ville

By Andrea Camarena

The Monarchs walked away from the Monache Invitational last week with yet another well-earned accomplishment. In both the boys and girls varsity races, the Monarchs completed the two-mile grassy course with top five team scores.

The Monarchs placed second as a team with three top 10 runners. All six participating Exeter athletes finished under 15:30. Walking away with her second big win of the season, freshman Allison Gonzalez completed the course in 12:18 at the front of the pack. This surpasses Gonzalez's 12:21 two-mile time that earned her first place in the frosh/soph race at the Kingsburg Invitational on Sept. 11.

The EUHS team also gripped the third-place spot when junior Abbey Cochran completed the course in 12:52. This race was also a personal improvement for Cochran who ran a 13:14 in Kingsburg. Coming in third for Exeter and eighth in the race was Kelly Curtis, who completed the course in 13:12. The team was rounded out by Racheal Mitchell (14:14), Alyssa Stone (15:19) and Brittany Hayes (15:21).

With overall success in the race, the varsity girls took second in teams with 98 points. Brawley High School, out of Imperial Valley, took the first-place finish with a team score of 69 points.

Trailing the Monarchs, Granite Hills came in a close third with 107 points. Visalia's Golden West finished with 127 while Tulare Union captured fifth place with 132 points.

The Monarch boys faired almost as well taking third place in team scores in the varsity race. Senior Brandon Sutton led the team with a sixth-place finishing time of 10:41.

While Sutton served as the only Monarch to finish in the top 10, the four other participating runners finished close enough to the top to keep the team's times low. In a strong pack of three, juniors Willie Rosales, Tim Stone and Jordan Cavanagh finished with times of 11:06, 11:07 and 11:08. Freshman Clayton Reynolds finished up close behind at 11:25.

Tulare Western took first place in the race with 77 points, followed by Brawley High School at 110 points. Exeter captured third place with an extremely close 115 points. Golden West and Delano trailed far behind the Monarchs with 155 and 175 points a piece.

The frosh/soph boys did not enter their race as a team, but all four runners finished strong with their personal times. Freshmen Stephen Franckowiak, Will Brown and Jonathan Hook finished in 12:40, 13:15 and 14:11, respectively. Junior Dustin McAlpine completed the course in 12:45.

The Monarchs face El Diamonte and Porterville high schools today, Sept. 22 in Porterville.

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