Tigers, Monarchs win league meet

By Andrea Camarena

Woodlake cross country hosted this season's first East Sequoia League meet on Wednesday, Sept. 28 at Kaweah Lake.

Just over three miles long, the hill, sandy course proved challenging for both the boys and girls varsity runners as the Tiger boys and Monarch Girls captured the wins.

Corcoran had the first place runner in the boys race, but Woodlake beat them as a team, 41-56. The Exeter boys took third place as a team with 58 points. Dinuba and Lindsay finished behind the Monarchs with scores of 66 and 155.

Tiger Javier Ceballos took the lead for Woodlake, finishing the home course in 17:12 to take second place. His teammate Gilbert Flore took fourth place just behind him and was followed by Exeter's Jordan Cavanagh who took fifth, scoring a time of 17:30.

Woodlake's Joseph Spahn completed the course in 17:43 for seventh place. Exeter's Willy Rosales kept in the top ten with a 17:54 ninth place run.

Rosales outsprinted Woodlake's Jacobo Villasenor in the final stretch. Jacobo clocked in at 17:55 to take 10th place just a second behind Rosales.

Still toward the front of the pack, Exeter's Clayton Reynolds and Tim Stone kept pace with each other taking 12th and 13th places scoring times of 18:27 and 18:36.

Lindsay's top runner of the meet was Miguel Aguilera who took 14th place in 18:40.

Exeter's Dustin McAlpine took 19th place scoring 19:03 on the clock.

Lindsay's boys ran as a pack with Hector Marquez completing the race in 20:30 for 30th place, Adolfo Lemus taking 32nd place in 21:22 and Carlos Macareno taking 36th in 22:28.

Rounding out the Cardinals' score, Alex Rios took 43rd place in 28:03.

The Lady Monarchs dominated again in the varsity girls race taking first place ahead of Woodlake in second place and Corcoran in third.

Exeter's Allison Gonzales made her way to the front of the pack yet again to take her sixth first place win of the season recording a time of 24:52 on the slow course. Her teammate, Abbey Cochran kept up with Gonzales to finish in second place in 22:06. The Monarchs owned the top three medals of the race with Karah Hayes taking third place in 22:32.

Just missing fourth place, Gabby Garcia grabbed fifth place for Exeter in 23:23.

The Lindsay Cardinals were unable to run as a team but had three individual runners competing at the meet. Appearing in the top 10, Stephanie Hernandez took sixth place, finishing the race in 24 minutes flat.

Woodlake's Damaris Mendoza took seventh place behind Hernandez with a time of 24:28.

Keeping the entire scoring Exeter team in the top ten, Jennifer Landers finished the race in 24:49 to take ninth place for the Monarchs.

Next in for the Tigers, Lenea Guerra took 11th place in 24:28. Becky Griswold finished in 15th place scoring a time of 26:21.

Suzie Ingoldsby took 20th place for the Cardinals recording a time of 27:56 with teammate Felicia Centeno behind her. Centeno completed the rigorous course in 33:50 for 26th place.

The next East Sequoia League meet will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 12. Exeter will host the meet.

Golden West Invitational

More than 27 schools traveled to Cutler Park in Visalia on Friday, Sept. 30 for the annual Golden West Invitational.

Hosting teams from Clovis, Bakersfield and everywhere in between, the Invitational offered a 3.1 mile course for varsity, JV and frosh/soph races.

In the Medium schools division, the Exeter girls finished in second place with Allison Gonzales taking second place among all schools and first in her division. Exeter's Abbey Cochran also finished in the top 20 taking 19th place overall and fifth in the medium schools division.

Also racing in the medium schools division, the Woodlake girls varsity team took fourth place with Rebecca Griswold taking 17th place in the division.

In the girls small schools division, Farmersville took second place behind San Joaquin Memorial.

Exeter's boys took third place while Woodlake's won first in medium schools. Farmersville's boys did not compete as a team in the varsity race.

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