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Lady Bulldogs shine at Willow Hills Relays

By: Staff Report
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Folsom High’s varsity girls’ cross country team had a promising start to the season at the Willow Hills Relays on Saturday, as they placed second behind Oak Ridge. Morgan Pugh, Blank Hodur, Abbie Lueken, Madeline Canubida and Alyse Kinoshita combined to finish the 25-kilometer race in 1 hour, 51 minutes and 31 seconds, the fourth-best time ever run on the course. The girls finished second, while Ponderosa ran third. Morgan Pugh led off the relay with a personal-best time of 20:35, finishing well despite the fact that she had lost two toenails during the run. Hodur followed with another personal-best time of 20:11, which had the Lady Bulldogs out in front. Lueken ran a 23:59 and Canubida followed with a 24:20. Kinoshita then ran a strong 22:24, which kept the Lady Bulldogs in front of the Bruins. In the individual race, Janelle Brown-Pinozzoto posted a personal-best 24:23 to place 14th. Derek Wooderd, in his first cross country race, placed 19th in the varsity boys’ race in 18:37. At the freshman-sophomore level, Sam Wamhoff ran Folsom’s first sub-nine-minute loop of 8:55 to put the Bulldogs third behind Oak Ridge and Del Campo, where the team remained following strong runs from Mike Kinoshita (9:44), Phil West (9:27), Austin Bailey (9:37) and Jon Barrows (10:28). The five finished the race in 12.5-kilometer race in 48:13. In the freshman-sophomore individual 2.5-kilometer race, Aaron Burkhead ran a 10:23 for 33rd followed by Ryley Hoffman (10:27), Vinnie Morin (10:50), Pavit Bhatia (11:23) and Jonas Osborne (11:31). In the freshman-sophomore girls division, Monique Marino ran 14th in 12:39.