Scheuer, Lam qualify for state cross country meet

By: Matt Long, Sports Editor
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Folsom High’s varsity boys’ cross country team didn’t qualify for the state championships as a team, but Sam Scheuer and Vivian Lam did, while the freshman-sophomore girls won the Division II section title.

Despite falling early in the race, Scheuer recovered to finish 10th in the Division II race in 16 minutes, 15 seconds, just three seconds shy of the school record.

“I’m not really sure how I fell, but I was in third when it happened and by the time I got up I was in 30th or 40th,” Scheuer said. “I think I lost about eight seconds. When I got up I tried to sprint back up to where I was, but I got tired and my side started to sting. I got up to about sixth. I’m just glad I made it to the state meet.”

Despite the fall, Scheuer somehow managed to run his best time on the course by about 20 seconds.

While Scheuer qualified for his second state meet, Lam made it to her first by placing seventh in 19:24.

“To make it to the state meet feels pretty good,” Lam said. “It was a big goal of mine. Running is one of my favorite things to do in life and I improved a lot since last year. I’m really happy.”

Like they’ve done all year, the freshman-sophomore girls dominated the competition, finishing 18 points in front of runner-up Tokay. Muna Alhamad won the race in 13:10 with teammates Sarah Anderson (13:19) and Katie Bock (13:33) right behind her in second and third place. Bock was the defending freshman-sophomore section champion.

Lindsey Bailey ran 13th in 14:33 with Michelle Hanson placing 15th in 14:37.

“The girls were excellent,” Kinoshita said. “The top-three have been interchangeable all year and Muna was able to win a section championship.”

While Scheuer qualified for the state meet for varsity boys, the rest of the team did not. Folsom had to finish in the top-three to qualify as a team, but placed seventh despite running a decent race. Vinnie Morin placed 34th in 16:58 with teammate Jacob Goodwin finishing right behind in 36th place in 16:59. Cristiano Bobiles and Mike Kinoshita posted identical times of 17:36 and finished in 53rd and 54th, respectively.

“I thought the boys ran well,” Kinoshita said. “We essentially ran our goal, but it wasn’t fast enough to make it. Mike did well for not running since Sept. 8 and Cristiano really stepped up. Vinnie and Jacob were solid. Ninety percent of all of our participants ran their personal-best times so that’s all a coach can ask.”

The freshman-sophomore boys placed fourth overall with John Kretschmann and Weston Dewitt earning medals: Kretschmann placing 11th in 12:01 and Dewitt running 12th in 12:02. Logan Kohne (17th, 12:09), Matthew Hopper (30th, 12:47) and Parker Nelson (39th, 13:22) rounded out the scorers