Trojans show well at Clovis Invitational

By: Matt Long of the Telegraph
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Oak Ridge High’s cross country team made its presence felt at the always competitive Clovis Invitational held Saturday at the Woodward Park in Fresno.

Maddy Denner won the 5,000 meters championship girls’ race, finishing with a school record and personal-best time of 16 minutes, 58.7 seconds. Maddy’s sister, Elena, also broke the previous school record with an outstanding time of 17:18.1 and placed third in the race.

Freshman Abby Fletcher had a strong showing, as she finished in 19:25. Senior Haley Dean posted a time of 19:45.9, while Alexia Enriques rounded out the scorers with a time of 20:38.8. Also running for the Trojans were Abby Gladwell (21.16.7) and Ayden Subjeck (23:37.9).

“We had a weekend filled with great performances at the Clovis Invitational,” Oak Ridge coach Bob Wright said. “Both Maddy and Elena posted times faster than our previous school record set 10 years ago on this course. They’re now ranked first and third in California at the 5K distance.

“Along with our veterans, our girls’ team was composed of several first-time runners at this distance and they all ran well. Freshman Abby Fletcher's time places her 25th in the state for ninth graders. Underclassmen Abby Gladwell and Ayden Subjeck also performed well, establishing personal records at the distance and helping our team finish just out of the top-10 in a race that was filled with the best cross country runners in California.”

The Oak Ridge varsity boys’ participated in the extra-large school division and placed 32nd overall. Drew Spencer led the team, as he placed 32nd in the 5,000-meter race with a time of 16:31.5.  Aiden Campbell posted a time of 18:08.5 and was followed by Colin Kong (18:16.3), Grant Geeting (19:22.4), and Dylan Goebel (19:53).

“Our boys’ team was also filled with underclassmen, who rose to the challenge of the day and ran in a very fast race,” Wright said. “All of our runners set either personal records or seasonal bests. Our upperclassmen led the way with a good performance by Drew Spencer, who set a seasonal-best time. All five ran faster than they have ever before. It was a great effort by all of our runners.”