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Update-Nevada Union and Frogtown

Posted Tuesday, September 29, 2009 by Mike Livingston

Vista del Lago Cross Country Press Release # 1-2009

The Vista del Lago Boys and Girls Cross Country teams competed in two “Invitational” cross country meets the past two weekends with very positive results.  On Sept 19th the Eagles traveled to Grass Valley to compete in the 47th annual Nevada Union Cross Country Invitational.  The Eagles fared well bringing home a number of team and individual awards.  Highlights included:

·         The Boys Frosh/Soph team took second in the small school division.  The team was lead by Soph Matt Winkler who took third place overall, followed closely by Soph David Howell in 5th, Freshman Mitch Thompson in 19th, Freshman Sam Ruby in 25th, Soph Jordan Takeuchi  in 27th, Freshman Mikey Slayton in 37, and Soph Krishna Polavali in 41st


·         The Girls Varsity Team took second in the small school division.  The team was leas by Freshman Madeleine Ankhelyi who took 4th place overall, JR Marissa Mendez  5th place, Jr Jennifer Arbaugh finished in 7th, with Soph Maddie McFarland and Jr Chelsea Gorman completing the team scoring in 21st and 22nd respectively.  Jr Brittany Leaviit was the 6th runner for the Eagles coming across the line in 48th place.


·         Other medalists on the day included Sr Ian Kennedy who finished in 7th place in the Boys Varsity Small School race.


·         Results from other race included:


o   Liz Anderson (25th), Jessica Price (33rd), Sydney Obrien (48th), and Amanda Pizzo(56th) in Girls FROSH/SOPH race.

o   Bobby Melchin -31st place in the Boys Varsity Race.


On Saturday Sept. 26th the team traveled to Angels Camp for the “Frogtown Invitational”.  Again there were many notable performances on what would prove to be an incredibly challenging day with race time temperatures at nearly 100 degrees.

·         In the Freshman Boys race Mitch Thompson finished in  23rd place out of 130 runners, Sam Ruby finished in 42nd, and Mikey Slayton 73rd.

·         In the Freshman Girls race Paige Robinson finished in 37th place out of 80 finishers, Sydney O’Brien came across the line in 49th, and Amanda Pizzo came through in 56th.

·         In the Soph Boys race Matt Winkler was 4th overall out of 172 finishers, David Howell followed closely in 8th, Jordan Takeuchi came across in 107, and Krishna Polavali in 120

·         In the Girls Soph race Maddie McFarland lead the way in 10th place followed by Jessica Price in 44th.

·         The Girl Varsity team put together another outstanding performance again taking 2nd place in the Varsity Girls Large school race.  The team was again lead by Freshman Madeleine Ankhelyi who ran a superb race finishing in 2nd place overall with a fine time (considering the heat) of 19:55.  Jennifer Arbaugh was the 2nd runner across the line for Lady Eagles in perhaps her best performance of the year, finishing in 5th place overall. Next was Marissa Mendez in 8th, followed by Alicia Segura in 23rd, and Chelsea Gorman in 52nd.

·         In the Boys Varsity race Ian Kennedy finished in 26th place out of 217 finishers and Bobbly Melchin came through in 73rd.

Coaches Comments:

It seems like we have raced in nothing but 100 degree weather this year so far.  The kids have really “gutted it out” and delivered some fine performances in the early season.   Each week our teams seem to “gel” a little more, so we are really looking forward to our first big invitational at Clovis on October 10th.  Next up for us is our second SVC center meet at Granite Park in Sacramento on Wed. September 30th.

Coach Mike Livingston- (916) 220-1016.

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