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Vista cross country teams win three of four league races

By: Matt Long, Sports Editor
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Vista del Lago’s goals are much greater than a Capital Athletic League championship, but the Vista girls’ still easily won the first league meet held Oct. 10 at the Willow Hills course.

Vista scored 29 points to finish 19 points in front of Rio Americano, as sophomore Anna Vogtmann placed first in the 3,400-meter race in 12 minutes, 58.10 seconds. Natasha Evans and Sophie Pelletier placed third and fourth; Evans finishing in 13:11.36, and Pelletier in 13:27.21. Maya Barragan (13:47.88) and Abby Carter (13:54.40) rounded out the Vista scorers in 10th and 11th place, respectively.

 “Overall, I was very happy with the way the kids ran,” Vista coach Robert Grove said. “We did not rest for this race. Our girls are really getting after it and running for something big.”

The varsity boys placed third in the meet trailing Rio Americano and Christian Brothers. Vista junior Jonah Petersen was the team’s highest finisher in fifth place, crossing the line in 11:21.16, 21 seconds behind Nevin Afong, the first-place finisher from Christian Brothers. Andrew Zimny earned a top-10 finish, placing 10th in 11:50.09. Stephen Northouse wasn’t far behind, placing 12th in 11:52.24. Brenden Jones (13th, 11:54.63) and Ethan Karr (16th, 12:05.40) were the team’s fourth- and fifth-place finishers.

“We were missing Josh Cagney, but will have him back very soon,” Grove said. “Our boys are hungry for the end of the season and that is what we are training for.”

Both the Vista girls’ and boys’ freshman-sophomore teams placed first in the meet. Silas Glynn came within four-tenths of a second of placing first, as his time of 12:26.68 was second to El Camino’s Pedro Tirado, who finished in 12:26.29. Michael Dias (12:34.86) and Daniel Granger (12:38.35) also had top-five finishes, as Dias took third and Granger placed fifth. All five scoring runners placed in the top-10, as Hayden Wagg ended up eighth (13:02.54) and Alec Evans 10th (13:21.13). The Eagles won the meet with 28 points, while Christian Brothers placed second with 42.

The girls’ team also won the league meet, as Vista runners placed in the top-three spots. Mikiah Parlier (15:32.88), Lylah Book (15:41.81) and Angela Zhou (15:46.48) led the way. Neeva Deacon (16:46.03) and Isabella Verduzco (16:53.03) rounded out the scorers in eighth and ninth place. Vista won the meet with 23 points, while Rio Americano took second with 39.

“I was very happy with both of our freshman-sophomore teams,” Grove said. “They both ran great, and they’re the future of our varsity program.”