The East Union varsity boys cross country team returned to the site of the California Interscholastic Federation State Championships, where the Lancers placed sixth in Division III two years ago.
On Saturday, Cooper Freeman’s individual runner-up effort paced East Union to second place in the small-school division of the Golden West Golden Eagle Invitational at Woodward Park in Fresno.
Tulare was the runaway winner of the 20-team field with 42 points, placing four runners in the top nine. The Lancers followed with 105 points.
Freeman completed the 5,000-meter course in 16 minutes, 35.93 seconds. Paul Quintanilla of Corcoran won in 16:27.09.
Evan Cooper was next in line for East Union, as he took 11th in 17:49.84. Maury Ortiz (19th, 18:12.51), Johnny Sandoval (23rd, 18:32.13) and Gerardo Cleto Herrera (63rd, 20:25.15) rounded out the Lancers’ five scorers.
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Sierra routed both of its opponents Saturday for the title in Stockton. Lauren Ellis, Gianna Ramos and Marisa Rush were named to the all-tournament team.
The Timberwolves crushed tourney host McNair, 14-4. They were led by Ramos’ offensive outburst, as she scored four of her six goals in the second quarter. That helped them open up a 6-1 halftime lead. Taylor Miske and Ellis added two goals apiece. Pitching in one each were Amy Fadeff, Madison Madrid, Stefany Perez and Marisa Gonzalez.
Ellis and Ramos fired four goals each as Sierra defeated Mountain House, 14-5. Fadeff scored three times, and Gonzalez struck twice.
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Ripon finished eighth in a competitive field in Turlock and Merced. The Indians ended the two-day affair on the short end of a 16-15 barnburner with Atwater. McKeane Beier netted six goals and two assists in the finale. He finished with eight goals and five assists overall.
Ripon opened Friday with a 12-2 loss to El Capitan and defeated Pitman 11-6 for its lone win of the tournament. The Indians fell to Merced 18-9 in their first match on Saturday.
Ben Svoboda led Ripon with 11 goals. Donovan Armstrong contributed eight goals. Brody Biedermann rung up 12 assists to go with two goals. Teo West added five goals and seven assists. Ryan Bell, Owen Curtiss, Chetan Harvey and Nate Selna each contributed a goal. Benny Rodgers played in goal, coming up with 19 blocks in the final three matches.