Cross Country

Vista girls place second in Capital Cross Challenge

By: Staff Report
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The Capital Cross Challenge Saturday hosted nearly 5,000 runners on the fast Haggin Oaks Golf Complex in Sacramento.

College, high school, and youth runners ran on the site of the 2013 and 2016 NCAA Div. 1 Western Regional Cross Country Championships. In the seeded varsity girls race, Vista took second in a competitive race featuring 24 teams and 193 runners. Freshman Anna Vogtmann was Vista’s first finisher, as she placed 12th in 18:44. Rachel Burgoyne finished 17th in 18:52 with teammate Sydnee Kizziar right behind in 18th in 18:54. Other Vista finishers included Annaka Barragan (22nd, 19:04), Maya Barragan (44th, 19:41), Kendall O’Daniel (48th, 19:47), Natasha Evans (53rd, 19:55), Sophie Pelletier (55th, 20?02), Cameron Bader (80th, 20:37) and Kathleen Breeze (105th, 21:12).

Vista’s seeded varsity boys’ 5K team was 11th out of 34 teams and 307 runners. Ben Kizziar led the way by placing 18th in 16 minutes, 3 seconds. Jack Hacker placed 27th in 16:11 and was followed by Brad Waterman (74th, 16:44), Brenden Jones (91st, 16:53), Ethan Karr (115th, 17:06), Daniel Howell (122nd, 17:09), and Stephen Northouse (161st, 17:37).

The fresh-soph boys’ team ran two miles in the Division 3, 4, and 5 race, placing sixth out of 19 teams. Michael Pecha ran 17th for the Eagles, finishing in 11:34.4. Teammate Elliott Harrison ran nearly an identical time (11:34.8) and placed 18th. Following Harrison were Dennis Xiao (24th, 11:42), Alcuin Mowrer (53rd, 12:14), Lukas Jakubicki (73rd, 12:31), Anish Gaddam (81st, 12:39), Joel Kreiser (96th, 13:06), Alec Evans (98th, 13:06), Hayden Wagg (113th, 13:37) and Logan O’Daniel (117th, 13:43).

On the girls’ side, Abby Carter and Catie Timm scored top-five finishes in fourth and fifth, respectively. Carter ran a 13:39 with Timm finishing six seconds behind in 13:45. Sabrina Terando (19th, 14:21) and Brieanna Anderson (22nd, 14:32) also ran for the Eagles.

In the open division two-mile race, the Vista boys were fourth in a race of 391 runners. Addison Vaquero was the top runner for the team (20th, 11:48). Other runners included Jake Solak (29th, 11:54), James Junaidi (39th, 12:02), Michael Dias (52nd, 12:13), Tanner Tran (67th, 12:29), Shawn von Chance Stutler (74th, 12:35), Preston Breeze (98th, 12:50) and Ahmed Syed (116th, 13:05).

In the open girls’ two-mile race of 155 racers, Sarah Sanderson was 14th in 14:04. Annie Kozlowski ran 18th in 14:12 followed by Danielle Bello (34th, 14:52) and Payton Lagomarsino (53rd, 15:25).