Local runners fall to back of the pack

Over 31 Central Valley schools met on Friday, Oct. 2 to compete in the three-mile Golden West Invitational. Unfortunately, for three local schools their competition proved to be too much as they failed to pull ahead of the pack.

Both Farmersville’s boys’ and girls’ varsity placed 30th overall with final scores of 885 for the boys’ team and 837 for the girls’ team.

In the boys’ race it was Shafter’s Julian Irigoyen who took first place with a finishing time of 15:41. It wasn’t until minute 20 that Farmersville saw runners cross the finish line as Jose Chavez placed 169th of 221 male runners, with a racing time of 20:36. Behind Chavez was junior Amadeo Ramirez. Although Ramirez finished at 182 he had a personal best time of 21:20. Senior Brenda Covarrubias was the first Aztec female to cross the finishing line placing 120th with a race time of 24 minutes. Four minutes behind her running mate Erica Tello came in at 167 with a finishing time of 27:18.

Lindsay’s varsity boys’ team finished in 23rd place with a final score of 637, while the girls’ team placed 22nd with a final score of 630. Although second year runner, Amos Dixon placed 74th, he had a personal best time of 17:43. At the last year’s Golden West invite, Dixon had a finishing time of 19:34. Junior Felix Aispuro finished a minute behind Dixon at 18:29 while running mate Cristobal Vasquez finished at 18:40.

First-year runner Cynthia Medina has been breaking records all season long, but at Friday’s meet she struggled throughout the race finishing in 113th place with a final time of 23:48. Finishing behind Medina was senior Daisy Alcantar who narrowly missed beating her personal best time of 24:32 by 11 seconds. Both Yajaira Farias and Silvia Vasquez finished together at the 25 minute mark placing 141st and 144th.

There were highs and lows for the Strathmore Spartans during Friday’s meet. The boys’ varsity team placed 26th with a final score of 701, but Strathmore’s girls’ team had more success placing 18th with a final score of 569.

Junior Seth Aparicio was the first Spartan to cross the finish line placing 88th with a final time of 18:05. First-year runner Joel Vasquez was the next runner to finish for Strathmore placing 174th with a finishing time of 20:47. Finishing behind the pack was Alex Barnes and Jose Venegas at the 21 minute mark. Barns finished in 194th place while Venegas placed 197th.

The highlight for the Spartans was sophomore runner Dagny McIntosh finishing in 45th place with a personal best time of 21:40. First-year runner Caitlin Alvison finished behind McIntosh at 67th with a racing time of 22:22. Further down the course Jennifer Carranza finished the day in 150th place with a final time of 25:52. During September’s Mini Meet, Carranza ran a 29-minute 5,000-meter (3.10 miles) race and has showed a great deal of improvement throughout her inaugural season.

On Wednesday, Oct. 21 Lindsay, Strathmore and Woodlake will compete in the annual ESL Mini at Woodlake High School, while Farmersville will compete at the Cal Poly Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 17.

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