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Folsom boys qualify for state cross country championships

By: Matt Long/Telegraph Sports Editor
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Folsom High’s varsity boys’ cross country team qualified for the state championships on Friday, the first varsity boys’ team from Folsom High to ever do so. Folsom placed fourth in the Division I Sac-Joaquin Section Championships at Willow Hills to earn the final state berth behind Del Campo, Woodcreek and Bella Vista. Folsom finished four points ahead of Vacaville. The state meet will be held at Woodward Park in Fresno on Nov. 26. Sam Scheuer, one of five juniors in Folsom’s lineup, led the way by placing 13th in 16 minutes 45 seconds. Senior Aaron Burkhead ran 16th in 16:58, while juniors Jonathan Barrows (27th, 17:24), Michael Kinoshita (36th, 17:36) and Vinnie Morin (37th, 17:36) rounded out the scorers for the Bulldogs. Junior Jacob Goodwin (46th, 17:58) and senior Austin Bailey (49th, 18:09) also ran for Folsom. “It’s really cool to be the first Folsom boys’ team to make it to the state meet,” Scheuer said after the race. “Nobody thought we could make it and it’s cool to be the underdog and qualify.” Kinoshita had the best day of the bunch, as he ran a personal-best time by 1:07 seconds, while Barrows lowered his time by 17 seconds. “It’s great to be the first boys’ team to make it to state,” Barrows said. “It’s awesome to make it as a team. We had our best race at the right time.” Folsom coach Dave Gregson felt the team had a good chance to qualify, but after watching it unfold, he wasn’t too sure. “I felt like we were either third, fourth or fifth,” Gregson said. “We expected to qualify; we hoped to qualify. We counted on it and we were able to do it.” Another highlight for the Bulldogs: Katie Bock won the section championship by winning the freshman-sophomore girls’ Division II race in 13:37. Bock’s time was her personal-best by 42 seconds. Muna Alhamad also earned a medal in the race, finishing seventh in 14:21 and posting a personal-best time by 1:12. Vivian Lam placed 18th in the varsity girls’ race in 20:23. Lam’s time was her best by 12 seconds. Folsom’s junior varsity boys’ team placed fifth. Phil West placed fourth to lead the boys, finishing in 17:22. He and teammate Ryley Hoffman, who placed 13th in 17:47, earned medals. David Hanson (27th, 18:44), Spencer Buelna (31st, 18:57), Cristiano Bobiles (36th, 19:05), Weston Dewitt (38th, 19:52) and Tim Scott (41st, 22:08) rounded out the Folsom runners.