Nic Corona led a blistering Sierra cross country attack Wednesday against visiting Escalon, leading his Timberwolves to a sweep of the Cougars by covering the make-shift 3-mile course at Sierra High in 19 minutes, 58 seconds.
“It was a really good race,” Corona said. “I am just really glad to get out here. We have not been able to run any races for a very long time and I am glad we got to show what we have.
“It was a fun race. Escalon put up a good fight.”
The Timberwolves took the next five places with Tristan Crowe (21:03), Brian Alson (21:19), Brendan Alson (21:29), Irving Figueroa (21:31) and Eduardo Rodriguez (21:33).
Joshua Churchill (22:44) had the best Cougars effort, finishing seventh (22:44).
Sierra’s Shea Ward won the 2-mile open race in 16:02.
Long-time Timberwolves coach Mike Rosendin was thrilled to get runners back at it.
“This feels really good,” Rosendin said. “We’ve been missing this. There’s 100 good reasons why this just feels good today.
“The kids were running and competing and we had some sense of normalcy that we haven’t had this last year. It’s been a long year but hopefully this is the start of getting back to the way we do things.”
Sierra goes on the road next Wednesday to take on a combined Ripon Christian-Weston Ranch squad.
East Union vs. WR/RC
It was all East Union on Wednesday, but Ripon Christian also had its standout performers.
In varsity boys, East Union's Johnny Sandoval (17:15.19) and Cooper Freeman (17:15.75) went 1-2, while Alex Cuevas, Abel Zuniga and Juan Cortes finished 4-6.
Haykeom Park paced Ripon Christian with a third-place time of 17:46.01. Jaskarah Singh took 10th to lead Weston Ranch.
Taylor Snaer won the girls race in 23:24.29, edging out fellow Lancer Linda Medrano (23:25.09). Maya De Jong of Ripon Christian took third in 23:26.65.