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Sierra boys, girls dominate Lagoon Valley Classic

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POSTED September 5, 2009 10:20 p.m.
VACAVILLE — Talk about starting off on the right foot.

The Sierra High cross country team was more than impressive during its first meet of the year, the 50-team Lagoon Valley Classic, as both the boys and girls teams finished first overall in the small-schools division.

Jessica Montiel paced the effort for the girls, finished 36th overall with a time of 22-minutes, 42-seconds.

Amber Parker took 37th, and Jenny Goulart finished 39th. Francis Scherry was 42nd, and Katelyn Carbiener was 49th.

“That was a nice little pack right there,” Sierra head coach Anthony Chapman said. “The girls lost Hannah Obanni and Alyssa Theil to graduation, but we only have one senior on the team. There is a lot of depth there.”

John Bowers finished the 5-kilometer course in 17:35, good for 30th overall.

Miguel Velasquez took 70th, Chrsitian Virrueta 85th, and Jonathon Scherry 100th.

Ricky Morris took sixth overall (12:06, 2-mile) in the frosh-soph event, helping lead Sierra to a second place finish.

Chapman said Morris will run with the varsity once the regular season begins.

“We started training at the beginning of summer,” Chapman said. “We had a chance to finally see the results and they were encouraging. The kids got the taste in their mouth. It was a nice way to start the year.”

Chapman said that ever since Mike Rosedin returned to the Sierra coaching staff, the T’Wolves haven’t won an invitational.

“We were pretty excited,” he said. “There were a lot of big running schools there, teams like Davis and Del Campo. It was a very challenging course with two big hills.

“The best thing for me though was that there still is a lot of room for improvement. There are four or fives things we need to work on, and it made me very happy that even with that fact, we still finished so well.”

Sierra will head to Danville for the Monte Vista Invitational Tuesday where they will take on 20 more teams, predominately from the Bay Area.

Next Saturday Sierra hosts its invitational in Modesto.

— Brandon Petersen

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