Vista girls claim CAL cross country title

By: Matt Long of the Telegraph
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Vista del Lago’s varsity girls and freshman-sophomore boys won Capital Athletic League cross country championships on Thursday.

On top of the team successes, Vista athletes won all four races at the league championship meet held at the Willow Hills course in Folsom. Anna Vogtmann, Jack Hacker, Cameron Bader and Preston Breeze all placed first in their respective races.

The varsity girls’ won both league meets, taking Thursday’s meet with 28 points, finishing 27 points in front of runner-up Rio Americano. Vista dominated the race, as all five scoring runners placed in the top-11 spots. They also had nine runners finish among the top-18 finishers.

Vogtmann won the 5,000-meter race in 19 minutes, 40 seconds. Teammate Rachel Burgoyne finished in second, 16 seconds later in 19:56. Sydnee Kizziar placed fifth in 20:18 with Natasha Evans four spots and 40 seconds behind. Sophie Pelletier rounded out the scorers, as she took 11th in 20:59.

Behind Pelletier were four other Vista runners, as Kendall O’Daniel (21:09), Annaka Barragan (21:17), Maya Barragan (21:41) and Kathleen Breeze (21:45) placed 12th through 15th, respectively.

The varsity boys scored 52 points, but finished behind Christian Brothers, who won the race with 37 points.

Hacker completed the race in 16:23 to place first by 22 seconds. Ben Kizziar ran sixth and finished in 17:01. Brad Waterman (14th, 17:53), Ethan Karr (15th, 17:56) and Brenden Jones (16th, 18:00) rounded out the scorers. Vista’s sixth runner, Nathan Koning, placed 17th in 18:01.

“I’m really happy for Jack and Anna,” Vista coach Robert Grove said. “They have both worked very hard for their titles. The team’s performed well. It was hot out there and they all ran tough. I’m really proud of each and every one of them. We are obviously looking down the road to the section championship meet.”

Breeze led the league champion freshman-sophomore boys, winning the 3,400-meter race in 12:51. All five Vista runners placed in the top-seven spots. Alcuin Mowrer ran third in 13:00, followed by Michael Pecha (fourth, 13:03), Elliott Harrison (fifth, 13:06) and Michael Dias (seventh, 13:11). Vista scored 20 points to Christian Brothers’ 49.

While the freshman-sophomore girls won the championship race, outscoring Christian Brothers 21 to 45, they didn’t win the league title because they didn’t score in the first race.

Bader won the race in 14:29, while Catie Timm and Abby Carter placed second and third, respectively, in 14:47 and 14:56. Sabrina Terando ran seventh in 16:04, while Sky Kezmoh placed eighth in 16:15.

“I’m excited to see how strong our freshman-sophomore teams ran,” Grove said. “They’re our future.”