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Sierra Cross-Country Invitational Saturday

By: Mike Ray
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Area cross-country runners will turn back the clock in a sort this Saturday when a total of 20 teams converge in Rocklin for the Sierra Invitational.

Sponsored by Whitney High School, Saturday’s run will be contested on a course at Sierra College in Rocklin that includes both the front and back loop of Sierra’s old cross-country layout that once hosted both top-flight prep and college meets.

“These iconic trails were once the site of many championship events, including the high school NorCals,” said meet director Jerry Dodge, Whitney’s head coach. “While new renovations, including Sierra’s football stadium and a new parking lot, have changed the course a bit, if Sierra’s course was known for something, it was that it was a true cross-country course.”

Dodge added, “Much of Sierra’s old loops featured plenty of twists and turns on dirt trails being run under a shady oak canopy.”

Area teams entered include Placer, Colfax and Whitney. Other teams running will be Christian Brothers, Cordova, Folsom, Foothill, Mesa Verde, Mira Loma, North Tahoe, Oak Ridge, Rio Linda, Ripon, St. Mary’s of Stockton, Summerville, Sutter, West Campus, Waterford, Union Mine and Yuba City.

Action will get going Saturday with frosh-soph girls running at 8 a.m.

In other results not reported from last week’s Oakmont Invitational, Placer boys runners went 1-2-3 in the JV division. Leading the Hillmen were Devin Muzzy at 13 minutes, 23.50 seconds, followed by Connor Ryan (13:24.77) and Nathan Reid (14:05.43).  

In the JV girls race, Maddie Lasher of Placer was second in 17:04.21 while Kate Haydon placed fifth in 17:31.55.

Del Oro, which placed third as a team in the JV girls race behind St. Francis and Whitney, was led by Ryan Sauve (18th, 19:03.42), Alissa Rossetti (22nd, 19:12.78),  Amanda Scribner (25th, 19:22.66), Jolie La Frenier (26th, 19:39.73) and Kayla Manduca (29th, 19:51.57).