Season opens at Dinuba Invitational

By Andrea Camarena

The Farmersville, Lindsay and Exeter cross country teams opened their season over the weekend at the Dinuba Invitational with top 10 times in both the boys and girls varsity races.

Top runners from Mt. Whitney, Kerman, Avenal, Washington Union, Yosemite, San Joaquin, Woodlake, McFarland, Redwood, Caruthers and Reedley varied the competition on the 2.5-mile course.

Exeter's Allison Gonzales tore ahead of the pack in the girls varsity race to take first place in 14:48. Gonzales' time put her just under a minute ahead of Yosemite's Julianne Warmerden who took second in 15:34. Gonzales was Exeter's top runner of the 2004 season.

In the same race, Farmersville's Daisy Chavez tore through the finish line in 16:36 to take fifth place. Chavez is a senior returning runner from the 2004 Aztec team.

In the 100-runner race, Exeter saw another top finisher in first-time runner Grecia Madriz who finished in the course in 18:28 to capture 25th place.

In the varsity boys race, Lindsay's returning standout J.R. Lopez completed the 2.5-mile course in 12:57 to take fifth place among more than 100 runners.

Exeter's Jordan Cavanagh also finished at the top with a time of 13:15 to capture 10th place. Teammate Willy Rosales finished behind him in 18th place with a time of 13:26. Exeter's Dustin McAlpine also medaled with a 20th place finish in 13:27.

In the frosh/soph races, Exeter's Jennifer Landers and Kara Hayes finished in fifth and sixth places for the girls while Clayton Reynolds finished in 14th for the boys.

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