On your marks, get set, WIN

By Andrea Camarena

Another week of meets has passed for the Monarchs and amidst the running and sprinting only one word can describe this young team: Unstoppable.

The Monarchs paced themselves into a top-five racing streak and show no signs of slowing down. The first of two all-league meets proved the Monarch's the best in ESL. Exeter Union pounded their way into first place in both the boys and girls three-mile varsity races on Wednesday, Sept. 29 at Lake Kaweah.

The Monarchs dominated in the girls race edging out Corcoran 26-38 in team points. The boys did the same to the Woodlake squad taking first place with 37 points to the Tigers' 48.

The girls wrapped up their race with an overwhelming five runners finishing in the top 10. Leading Monarch Allison Gonzales once again took over the race finishing in front at 19:48. While this didn't make a new personal record for the freshman it was enough to take first in league.

Leaving space for only one non-Monarch in the top three, junior Abbey Cochran nabbed a third place finish in 20:43. Senior Kelly Curtis followed on her heels at 21:03 and putting one more Monarch in the top five. Junior Rachel Mitchell didn't have a bad race either as she came in eighth overall at 22:58. The final top 10 Monarch finish came by way of Alyssa Stone. This freshman closed her race in 10th place at 23:38.

Coming in close behind, the rest of the varsity girls occupied the entire tail end of the top 20 spots. Brittany Hayes finished in 25:10 giving her spot 17 in the race. Behind her, Areille Middletown, Jennifer Phillips and Sandra Pablo all finished in 18, 19 and 20th places with race times of 25:31, 25:50 and 25:51.

As usual, the boys varsity squad was led by senior Brandon Sutton who captured a second place finish in an astounding 16:59. Sutton re-set his personal best on the Kaweah course surpassing his previous season record time of 17:10.

Nabbing fourth and fifth place behind Sutton, Tim Stone and Jordan Cavanagh sprinted through the finish line at 17:24 and 17:27 bringing Exeter's top-five finisher's count to three.

Willy Rosales also ranked in the top 10 when he crossed the finish line in ninth place at 17:53.

Clayton Reynolds was the next Monarch to cross the finish. He rounded out the team score in 17th place with 18:40.

The team followed up the successful meet with a division topping performance at the Golden West Invitational on Friday, Oct. 1. The frosh/soph boys squad brought in a big win at Cutler Park in Visalia with a first place team finish.

Reynolds led the team taking first place in the race with a time of 19:37. Stephen Franckowiak followed him in fifth place at 20:43. Dustin McAlpine, Wiliam Hamerslagh and Eduardo Ramos all finished up in the top ten taking 7th, 8th and 9th places respectively.

Their finishing places awarded them the champions amongst Division III teams. The Monarchs managed to edge out fellow medium size schools Shafter, Corcoran and Yosemite.

The girls varsity team managed to make the same accomplishment in their race. Amongst over 200 runners, Gonzales finished third in 20:11. Cochran took 13th in 21:10 and Curtis claimed 24th with 21:38.

The girls finished with 29 points beating out No. 6 Shafter's 41 points.

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