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Vista has big goals for section meet

By: Matt Long of the Telegraph
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After a long cross country season, Vista del Lago hopes to have a performance that comes close to the 2015 section championship races.

Two years ago, both of Vista’s varsity boys’ and girls’ teams won section titles, while the team also had individual titlists, as seniors Sarah Anderson and Remington Breeze placed first in the races. 

This year’s section race is Friday at Willow Hills and the Eagles are aiming for some more section titles.

“Our girls are looking good and will be ready for Friday,” Vista coach Robert Grove said. “I see Rio Americano and Del Oro as their top competition for the section title. The boys’ team has to place in the top-three to qualify for state, which is the main goal, but our reach goal is to win the section. We know it would take hard work and a little luck, and we’re hoping to get that Friday. The boys are excited and feeling good. I would say we have a chance. If they run like they can, I think we’ll be up there competing for a title.”

At the Sub-section race, the girls placed first with 36 points and weren’t even running their hardest. Del Oro finished a distant second with 84 points.

Anna Vogtmann (second, 18:34), Rachel Burgoyne (third, 18:35) and Sydnee Kizziar (fourth, 18:35) led the way as the first pack of runners for the Eagles. The second threesome included Natasha Evans (14th, 19:20), Sophie Pelletier (15th, 19:26) and Annaka Barragan (16th, 19:26).

Jack Hacker and Ben Kizziar, as they have all season, led the varsity boys. Hacker placed ninth in 16:18, while Kizziar finished one second back in 11th place. Jonah Petersen ran 23rd in 16:52 and was followed by Nathan Koning (35th, 17:08), Ethan Karr (40th, 17:10), Brenden Jones (44th, 17:20) and Brad Waterman (45th, 17:20).

Vista boys’ team placed third behind Rio Americano and Del Oro.

The younger Eagles dominated the lower ranks, as the junior varsity and freshman-sophomore girls each won their divisions, while the sophomore boys and JV boys took third. Vista freshman boys placed fifth as a team. Following are the top finishers for each team.

JV girls: Maya Barragan (first, 18:52), Kendall O’Daniel (second, 19:49), Kathleen Breeze (third, 20:28), Sophie Moore (fifth, 21:19), Grace Markel (sixth, 21:26), Sarah Sanderson (eighth, 21:41), Danielle Bello (11th, 22:11).

Freshman girls: Cameron Bader (first, 13:44), Abby Carter (fourth, 14:05), Catie Timm (sixth, 14:14), Brieanna Anderson (15th, 15:01), Sky Kezmoh (23rd, 15:24).

JV boys: Stephen Northouse (first, 16:44), Daniel Howell (third, 16:51), Austin Soelzer (11th, 17:44), James Junaidi (23rd, 18:11), Jake Solak (24th, 18:14).

Sophomore boys: Michael Pecha (11th, 12:14), Alcuin Mowrer (17th, 12;23), Elliott Harrison (18th, 12:24), Dennis Xiao (26th, 12:34), Lukas Jakubicki (41st, 13:04).

Freshman boys: Preston Breeze (ninth, 12:38), Michael Dias (12th, 12:53), Alec Evans (23rd, 13:48), Hayden Wagg (41st, 14:43), Bryce Caples (53rd, 15:09).

“I’m very pleased with the younger runners on the team as well,” Grove said. “The future continues to look bright for Vista.”