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Sierra’s Morris turns in personal best at state

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Sierra’s Morris turns in personal best at state

Sierra High junior Ricky Morris, right, placed 80th at state cross country meet in Fresno on Saturday.

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POSTED November 28, 2010 2:14 a.m.
FRESNO – On this cold and gray morning, Ricky Morris was at his very best.

The Sierra High junior posted a personal-best time at Saturday’s 2010 CIF State Cross Country Championships at Woodward Park in Fresno.

His mark of 16 minutes, 26 seconds on the 5,000-kilometer course was good for 80th place in the overwhelming Division III field consisting of 205 runners.

Senior Samuel Pons (15:00) of South Pasadena took first place, finishing comfortably ahead of Enterprise’s Domenic D’Aquisto (15:20) and Brandon Pugh (15:28) of San Juan Hills.

“You don’t realize the quality of athletes until you actually see them (competing),” said Sierra coach Mike Rosendin.

He was pleased with the pace of his own runner early on in the race.

“(Ricky) ran a strong first mile,” Rosendin said.

With temperatures dipping in the low 40s, Morris endured the conditions while tackling the course obstacles of hills and flat lands.

He favored the inclines at the section event at Willow Hill over that of Woodward Park.

“I preferred (running) hills,” said Morris.

Added Rosendin: “Ricky’s more of a strength runner – he’ll now work on getting faster.”

St. Patrick/St. Vincent 60, Manteca 53
In the NorCal Tip-Off Classic in Newark, the Buffaloes were led by 6-foot, 5-inch center Eric Godfrey’s 29 points.

Manteca 68, Gregori 61
In Modesto, the Buffaloes blew open a 25-13 lead by the end of the first quarter and never trailed in their season opener.

Austin Haro led four Manteca players in double digits with 19 points. Miguel Gamez contributed 14 points, Ryan Fox turned in 12 and Nick Obazuaye posted 11.

Darnell Wash had 26 points for Gregori.

“We played hard and competed well,” Manteca coach Neil MacDannald said. “I was really proud of the way we came out playing aggressively on both ends of the floor. It is always nice to get a win and have something to build on. We will clean up our mistakes and get better.”
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