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T’Wolves finish league with three VOL championships

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POSTED October 28, 2010 2:34 a.m.
When the third and final Valley Oak League cross-country race was complete, the Sierra Timberwolves were able to land three of four VOL Championships, winning both girls titles and the sophomore boys crown Wednesday in Angels Camp.

Sierra finished 90 seconds ahead of second place Oakdale in the varsity girls finale, handing the Mustangs a 34-71 head-to-head defeat. The VOL’s newest club Kimball finished third (71) ahead of East Union (79) and Sonora (95).

Francis Scherry (20:46) turned in the fastest time for Sierra, with Katelyn Carbiener (21:42), Kelly Paredes (21:57), Patricia Angel (22:09) and Amber Parker (23:15) rounding out Sierra’s top-5.Sonora’s Samantha Smith had the lowest time of the day with a 19:57, finishing just ahead of Scherry. East Union’s Alejandra Alvarez finished in the league’s top-5 finishing fourth with a time of 21:34.

“The varsity ladies ran a great race,” Sierra head coach Mike Rosendin said. “We were able to get four runners in the top-eight.”

Parker’s fifth-place Sierra finish was a huge victory for the Timberwolves’ program, as Parker, The Bulletin’s 2009 Cross-Country Runner of the Year, took several steps in regaining her form from before a drastic knee injury.
“Amber is really coming on strong,” Rosedin said. “She will make us a better team down the road.”

Sonora was able to take home the varsity boys title, outdueling the Timberwolves 20-40 on the Frogtown course. Manteca High (94) came in behind Sierra, followed by Oakdale (97) and Kimball (111). East Union finished sixth with 186 points.

Timberwolf Ricky Morris finished first of the area boys, racing the course in 16:31, just six-seconds of Sonora’s Nick Klein’s meet-best. Manteca’s Tim Baker (17:44) also earned a top-eight finish. Sierra’s top-five was rounded out by Miguel Velazquez (17:59), Kyle Furtado (18:18), Thomas Trzcinski (18:44) and Mike Leland (18:50).

Sierra underclassman took home the frosh-soph boys title as well as the JV boys and girls crown. The frosh-soph boys blew past Oakdale 25-72, with Josh Spooner (12:460 and Jeremy Coronado (12:50) leading the charge.

“I’m real proud of our frosh-soph and JV teams,” Rosendin said. “It’s the most complete overall team we have ever had, and that bodes well for our future.”

The team will be getting ready for the Sac-Joaquin Section Subsection Cross Country Meet back at Frogtown Nov. 6. The Division IV boys will begin racing at 1:05 p.m. with the varsity girls starting at 1:50 p.m.
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