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Area tandem finish in top 50 at state

Ripon’s Torres caps decorated career with 42nd-place finish

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Area tandem finish in top 50 at state

Ripon High senior Ryan Torres placed 42nd in his third and final appearance at the CIF State Cross Country Championships in Fresno on Saturday.

JAGADA CHAMBERS/Bulletin file photo


POSTED November 26, 2012 1:59 a.m.

Earning a top-50 finish to close out the season at the 26th annual CIF State Cross Country Championships Saturday at Woodward Park in Fresno was a fitting end for two local standouts.

Manteca High junior Harleen Pabla and Ryan Torres of Ripon High each raced to a respectable finishes in their return trips.

Pabla placed 45th out of 185 Division III girls harriers, finishing in 19 minutes, 15 seconds. It was a big improvement from her sophomore appearance, when she took 84th in 19:52.

Torres, a senior competing at state for a third straight season, was 9 seconds off his personal best time, ending up 42nd in 16:41 in the Division IV race.

Sierra junior Josh Spooner and Ripon High freshman Ellie Waters made their first appearances at the state meet. Spooner clocked a time of 16:39 for 68th place in Division III. Waters finished 144th in 21:57 in Division IV girls.

The 5,000-meter course is the regular home to the cross-country finale and was in peak condition, with temperatures in the upper 60s and lower 70s. Over 1,200 runners showed up to compete in the season-ending event.

Sarah Baxter of Simi Valley High set a course record of 16:40 in the Division I girls’ race. The win Saturday was good for her third consecutive state championship win.

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