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Editor’s note: Due to a production error, the final several paragraphs were omitted from the original copy and did not run in Monday’s Bulletin. This is the recap of Saturday’s Sac-Joaquin Section Cross Country Championships in its entirety. The Bulletin regrets the error. 


Tomas Huerta, Alec Araquel and Iris Carrillo of Weston Ranch will be joined by the Sierra boys team in Fresno for the California State Championships after qualifying for the elite meet Saturday in the Sac-Joaquin Section Championships at the 3.1-mile Willow Hill Course in Folsom.

Huerta was fourth (16 minutes, 44 seconds) and Araquel fifth (16:51) in Division IV boys while Carrillo was fourth (19:03) in the Division IV girls. Arish Bala finished 13th in Division IV boys and led the Sierra contingent of Garet Stone, Sabas Montes, Anthony Sequeira, Jesse Hurtado, Isaias Ghezae and Trevor Ryan to a second-place finish.

Ripon’s Ellie Waters was 11th (20:32) and teammate Kayla Jacklich 13th (20:55) to lead the Indians to a sixth-place Division IV girls finish along with Avery Thomason, Makeila Hinrichsen, Isabel Sweet, Alayna Swilley and Kate Phelps.  

Brittany Bloemhof of Ripon Christian was 15th (23:59) and teammate Alysia Templeman (24:00) 16th to lead the Knights contingent of Heidi Tazelaar, Bailey Broker, Miranda Ayala and Anneke De Vries to a sixth-place finish.

Lathrop’s Vince Prasad was first (12:23) in the Division IV freshman boys race with all lower-level races ran on a 2.3 mile course. Teammate Noel Ojeda was ninth (13:11).

In Division IV sophomore boys competition Saturday in the Sac-Joaquin Section Championships at the 2.3 mile Willow Hill Cross Country Course in Folsom, Sierra’s Cooper Sellers was fourth (12:17), Brooks Cannon eighth (12:34) and Frankie Leyva ninth (12:44) to lead the Timberwolves to a first-place finish along with Frankie Leyva, Erick Enriquez, Dominic Burrows and Nikolas Brink. Lathrop’s Miguel Salcedo was sixth (12:31) in the race.

Julia Vezaldenos finished second (14:17) and teammate Kelley Higginson seventh (14:42) to lead East Union to a second-place finish in the Division III frosh/soph girls along with Kelly Ball, Jadyn Snaer, Renee Zavalza, Nyah Catalfo and Alexis Smith.

Sierra’s Emily Cunial was ninth (15:36) in Division IV frosh/soph girls and East Union’s Noe Reyes was eighth (12:04) in Division III sophomore boys.  

Sierra’s Max Hall was 10th (19:05) in junior varsity Division III-IV-V boys.

The California State Championships will be Saturday, Nov. 28 at Woodward Park in Fresno.