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Ankhelyi leads Eagles to second-place finish at Stanford

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The Vista del Lago girls’ cross country team travelled to the prestigious Stanford Invitational and came home with a second-place overall finish in the Division III race. Junior Madeleine Ankhelyi led the girls, as she finished in third place. Ankhelyi covered the 5,000-meter course in 17:18, which is a personal record. Freshman Sierra Jaeger also earned a top-10 finish, placing seventh in 18:22. Sophomore Alegra Mendez was Vista’s third runner in a time of 19:31 which was good enough for 32nd place. Not far behind was junior Jennifer Morgan in 36th place in a time of 19:34. Senior Chelsea Shill in her first cross country season for the Eagles and sophomore Dali Alarian were the fifth and sixth runners with times of 19:59 and 20:35 respectively. “This was a great race for us as a team,” said first year head coach Alex Mansoor. “We could not have asked for anything more from them at this point in the season.” “This was also a huge breakthrough for Madeleine. All of her hard work is really showing. It’s wonderful to see her run so well in one of the largest and most competitive invitationals in the state.” On the boys’ side, all three Eagle runners who competed ran personal records. Senior Matt Winkler was 18th overall in 16:16. Junior Zach Yeager was 22nd overall in 16:23 and David Howell was 51st overall in 16:56. “All three boys ran great races,” said Mansoor. “Each of them stepped up to the challenge in what is probably the most competitive race they have ever run in.” Next up for the Eagles is the Trojan Invite on Saturday.