By Andrea Camarena

Varsity girls cross country placed in two meets after a week's hiatus.

The rested Monarchs took first place in their second ESL meet this season. The girls sped past second place Corcoran with 29 points over the Panthers' 47.

At the Corcoran course, freshman Allison Gonzales once again found her familiar spot at the front of the pack finishing up the three-mile course in 19:27.

Junior Abbey Cochran broke 20 minutes for her second time this season. Cochran and Kelly Curtis helped to seal a first place team finish with their 19:59 third place and 20:53 fourth place finishes.

Rachel Mitchell and Alyssa Stone followed them up at 22:26 and 23:21.

The weeklong break did not prove as rewarding for the boys varsity team as they took third place falling to both Woodlake and Corcoran. In the first ESL meet on Sept. 29, the Monarchs had no problem running at a first place pace and defeating both the Tigers and the Panthers by finishing in the second, fourth, fifth and ninth spots.

In an unusual performance, Exeter's usual lead runner, Brandon Sutton finished up in 12th place with a three-mile time of 17:19. Tim Stone took the lead this meet with a third place overall finish time of 17:01.

Jordan Cavanagh clenched the only other top ten spot for the Monarch boys with a 7th place, 17:13 finish.

Willy Rosales was the fourth Monarch to cross the finish line. He completed the course in 17:48 and was followed by Monarch Dustin McAlpine who ran in 18:31.

The boys followed up the ESL meet in Corcoran with another third place team finish at the Tulare Western Invitational. Running the three-mile multi-terrain course at Live Oak Park in Tulare, Sutton reclaimed his spot at the front of the Monarch pack. He placed 11th at 17:43 and Cavanagh followed him up with a 17:49 13th place finish.

Rosales took 20th place with 18:51 while Clayton Reynolds and Dustin McAlpine rounded out the team in 27th and 29th place. With 84 points, the boy's team fell to third against Tulare Western's astonishing 18 points and Porterville's 66.

On the same course, the varsity girls shelled out another success story. The Lady Mo narchs unquestinably dominated the race by finishing in a pack to gather first through thid. Gonzalez finished in first at 19:37. Cochran took second at 20:14 and Curtis followed close behind in third at 21:09.

Mitchell in 11th and Stone in 17th both made it into the top 20 with 22:22 and 23:13. With 34 points, the Monarchs forced Tulare Western and Porterville to settle for seond and third place.

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