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Oak Ridge girls take second at SFL championship meet

By: Matt Long of the Telegraph
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Oak Ridge didn’t win any races as a team on Friday at the Sierra Foothill League cross country championships, but did have one individual winner and a few all-league performers.

Elena Denner was the first to finish the varsity girls’ 5,000-meter race at Springview Park in Rocklin, posting a time of 18 minutes, 56.2 seconds to finish nine seconds in front of her sister, Maddy, who finished in 19:05. Teammate Abby Fletcher also earned all-league honors by placing fifth in 19:45.3.

Alexia Enriques ran 23rd in 21:10.1, while Abby Gladwell rounded out the team’s scorers in 38th place in 22:30. Teammate Skylar Hayward finished right behind her in 39th place in 23:12.6.

The Trojans were running without senior Haley Dean, who missed the meet with the flu. Oak Ridge still managed a second-place finish behind Woodcreek.

“Running one person down allowed the rest of the team an opportunity to rise to the occasion, which they did by beating Rocklin by two points to finish second,” Oak Ridge coach Bob Wright said.

Drew Spencer was the varsity boys’ team’s top placer, as he finished ninth in 16:43.7 and received all-league honors. Sohan Kancherla placed 18th in 17:11.6 and was followed by scoring runners Christian Wilde (33rd, 18:12.3), Colin Kong (57th, 19:22.3) and Parker Loggins (62nd, 19:34).

As a team, the Trojans placed seventh in the meet.

Oak Ridge’s freshman-sophomore boys placed fourth overall, sneaking by Del Oro because the team’s sixth runner, Evan Kwong, finished in front of Del Oro’s sixth runners.

Aidan Campbell and Clark Fransham led the team by running 12th and 13th, respectively; Campbell finishing in 12:35.7 and Fransham in 12:39.7. The team’s final three scoring runners came across the line within five seconds of each other. Dylan Goebel placed 23rd in 12:59.7. James Gezi ran 26th in 13:00, while Grant Geeting placed 28th in 13:04.6. Kwong placed 31st in 13:08.9, finishing 18 seconds in front of Del Oro’s sixth runner.

“The freshman-sophomore boys continued to improve in their league standing,” Wright said.

Oak Ridge’s only participate in the freshman-sophomore girls’ race was Hannah Connover, who ran 23rd in 16:00.2.