Huge win for Eagles at Clovis Invitational

By: Matt Long
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Freshman Madeleine Ankhelyi came home first on Saturday, as did the Vista del Lago’s varsity girls’ cross country team. Competing in the 31st annual Clovis Invitational on Saturday at Woodward Park in Fresno, Vista won the “medium school” division in what coach Mike Livingston said is the biggest and best invitational in which the team has participated. Against top teams from all over California as well as Nevada, the Eagles more than held their own. Ankhelyi won the race in 18 minutes, 40 seconds to lead the way. Teammate Marissa Mendez also ran well, taking sixth in 19:27. “Maddie showed she can compete with some of the best girls in the state,” Livingston said. “Any time you can cross the line first in a meet of this size, regardless of the division, you have definitely achieved something special. Marissa clearly had her best performance of the year with a 15-second personal-record over her state meet time last year.” Rounding out the scoring for the Eagles were Jennifer Arbaugh (20th, 20:22), Jennifer Morgan (21st, 20:32) and Hannah Osuna (28th, 20:54). Twenty-seven teams competed in the meet. “This was a big step for our girls’ program to win this meet,” Livingston said. “It’s a young group with lots of room to grow and improve, but I was very pleased with the way they competed today.” The varsity boys place 21st out of 32 teams. Ian Kennedy led the way, placing 63rd in 17:32. He was followed by Matt Winkler (18:01), Riley Martin (18:18), Bobby Melchin (18:32) and David Howell (18:45).