Annie Wild wrapped up her decorated cross country career this past Saturday, placing 20th in Division IV during the 35th California Interscholastic Federation State Championships.
Joining her in Fresno was fellow Ripon High senior Julio Pelaez, who took 93rd out of 201 entrants in the Division IV boys race.
Making her third appearance at the state meet, Wild beat her previous best time on the 5,000-meter course at Woodward Park, clocking in at 18 minutes, 37.2 seconds. Spearheading the 201 competitors was Oaks Christian’s Payton Godsey in 17:00.1.
Wild finished as the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV runner-up and repeated as Trans-Valley League champion.
Pelaez made a big improvement from last year to make the state meet for the first and only time. He finished in 17:07.4. Cathedral’s Emmanuel Perez won it in 15:05.4.
Other highlights: Oakdale’s boys team dominated en route to capturing the Division III championship, the Newbury Park boys captured their fourth straight CIF crown in Division II and were led by Lex Young’s impressive time of 14:28 — the new record Division II time and overall third fastest all-time from a male runner on the course.
Ripon Christian 5, Johansen 0
Dayna Koolhaas scored twice within two minutes in the second half of the Knights’ season-opening road win.
Sophomore Addison DeJong got them started with a goal in the 13th minute. Kayla Coker buried a curling shot in the 17th minute. Maya DeJong capped scoring with a late penalty kick.
Anika Dyt, Addison DeJong and Koolhaas contributed assists, while goalkeeper Tara Heida recorded the shutout.
Manteca 59, Ripon 31
The Buffaloes tuned up for their first big challenge of the season in this SJS Foundation Game. Tonight, they take on Antelope, ranked 17th in the state by Cal-Hi Sports.
Against Ripon, they shot out to a 35-14 halftime lead and kept the Indians in single digits for each of the first three quarters.
Marcelina Chaparro poured in 22 points, five rebounds and five assists to lead the way. Kerena Malone contributed 10 points, 15 rebounds and three blocks. Makayla Kakala chipped in eight points and four assists.
East Union 64, Ripon Christian 27
The Lancers had their way against shorthanded RC, which has much of its players competing for a NorCal title in football this week.
Dylan Lee nearly matched the Knights’ team total with 26 points in the Foundation Game. Alex Cervantes and Trevor Barnes added 12 and nine points for EU.