Folsom fresh-soph boys qualify for sections

By: Matt Long
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Folsom High’s freshman-sophomore boys’ team and senior Blanka Hodur will represent the school Saturday at the Sac-Joaquin Section Championships. The fresh-soph boys qualified for the meet by placing sixth at the Sub-Section meet at Angels Camp on Saturday, while Hodur qualified as an individual. Jonathan Barrows placed fifth for the boys, finishing the race in 11 minutes, 49 seconds to lead the way. Folsom’s next four scorers finished within 24 seconds of each other, which was key. Michael Kinoshita placed 27th in 12:29, while Sam Scheuer ran 30th in 12:36 followed by David Hanson (40th, 12:51) and Cristiano Bobiles (41st, 12:53). Also running for the Bulldogs were Blake Shaw (52nd, 13:06) and Alex Blake (60th, 13:19). The Bulldogs are peaking at the right time. For the second straight week nearly all the runners posted personal-best times, led by Hanson whose time was his best by 1:18. The Bulldogs placed sixth overall, earning the final spot to move on to sections. Hodur, a senior, qualified for the section meet for the fourth consecutive year. She placed 14th with a time of 20:06. The varsity boys just missed qualifying for the meet, placing 12th overall, 20 points and two spots from making the section meet. The boys were bunched together, as the five scorers finished within 12 seconds of each other, but it wasn’t fast enough. Phil West finished 64th for the Bulldogs, posting a time of 18:06. Ryley Hoffman finished right behind him in 65th in 18:08, while Aaron Burkhead placed 68th in 18:13. Derek Woodard and Austin Bailey both ran an 18:18 and placed 71st and 73rd, respectively. Zack Lasker (146th, 20:54) and Brett Johnson (158th, 24:16) also ran for the Bulldogs. Bailey had the best performance of the group, as he improved his best time by nearly 2 ½ minutes. The freshman-sophomore girls just missed qualifying for the section meet, falling short by only 13 points. Vivian Lam led the way for the girls, as she place third overall in 14:08. Jennifer Rees placed 30th in 16:34, followed by Ashley Anderson (36th, 17:10), Monique Marino (38th, 17:19) and Sophia Flores (49th, 18:06). Kaeti Park also ran for the team, placing 60th in 20:03. Anderson’s time was her best by nearly five minutes, while Rees posted her best time by nearly four minutes.