Folsom struggles at first SFL cross country showdown

By: Matt Long, Sports Editor
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Wednesday was a tough day for Folsom High’s varsity cross country team.

At the first Sierra Foothill League meet of the season at the Willow Hills course, the varsity boys’ placed fifth, while the girls were sixth in the six-team league.

Spencer Pickren ran well for the boys, as he earned a top-10 finish by placing sixth in 17 minutes, 2 seconds. Brennan Pelayo and Bradley Jackson broke the 19-minute barrier on the 3.08-mile course and placed in the top-30. Pelayo ran 24th, 18:40.7, while Jackson placed 29th in 18:54.7.

Christian Crebar (42nd, 19:35.2) and Calvin Frink (44th, 20:00) rounded out the scoring runners. Matthew Poon (20:18.7), Sutter Holden (22:30.8) and Jackson Abello (22:59.1) also ran for the team.

Rocklin won the race with Whitney right on their heels.

On the girls’ side, Folsom had a decent grouping, but no one finished terribly high. Mariam Samara was the team’s top finisher, and she ran 23rd in 22:40.7. McKayla Hodson wasn’t far behind in 25th place in 22:59.5, nor was Tirza Cai, who placed 27th in 23:08.3. Sanya Gowda ran 34th in 23:03.3, while Kylie Crebar placed 38th in 24:29.8. Others runners competing for Folsom were Emily Bursee (25.36.9), Skylar Wolf (26:06.1), Rebecca Sutera (27:11.9),  Elizabeth O’Donnell (27:31.1) and Marissa Ostdiek (28:17.8).

The girls finished not far behind fifth-place Rocklin.

“That was a rough day for our kids,” Folsom coach Steve Kinoshita said. We had some illnesses and one of our top varsity boys did not finish. I predict things will be better at Capital Cross on Sept. 29.”