Vista girls cross country takes first at Ed Sias Invitational

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Vista del Lago’s varsity girls’ cross country team placed first in the small school division, while the varsity boys’ took third at the Ed Sias Invitational held Saturday at Hidden Valley Park in Martinez.

Anna Vogtmann, Rachel Burgoyne and Natasha Evans placed fourth, fifth, and sixth, respectively, to lead the varsity girls. Vogtmann (12 minutes, 34.7 seconds), Burgoyne (12:35.3) and Evans (12:39.4) finished within five seconds of each other. Sophie Pelletier placed 13th in 12:58, while Abby Carter rounded out the scoring by running 19th in 13:24.7. Maya Barragan (13:39.6) and Kendall O’Daniel (13:43.2) also posted solid times.

Jonah Petersen led the varsity boys’ team to a third-place finish in the small school division, as he took eighth in 10:55.6. Ethan Karr (11:08.7) and Stephen Northouse (11:19.3) also had top-20 finishes, as Karr placed 15th and Northouse ran 19th.

Also scoring were Brenden Jones (21st, 11:23.2) and James Junaidi (30th, 11:35.9), while Jake Solak (11:45) and Alcuin Mowrer (11:50.7) rounded out the team.

“I’m so proud of our athletes,” Vista coach Robert Grove said. “This race is difficult and hilly. Every one of our athletes from top to bottom put in tremendous effort and ran with great heart.

“We had a spectacular meet. Vista won two divisions, including varsity girls, and was in the top-5 for every other division.”

The Eagles dominated one of the two divisions in the freshman-sophomore and JV unlimited division, as its top-five runners finished among the top-seven spots to give Vista the first-place finish. Addison Vaquero won the event, finishing in 12:33.8, while teammate Alec Evans placed second in 12:57.2. Joel Kreiser ran fifth in 13:14.6 and was followed by Lukas Jakubicki in sixth (13:16.8) and Anish Gaddam (13:27.1) in seventh.

Vista had seven other runners compete including Logan O’Daniel (eighth, 13:31.3), Connor Dubbels (15th, 14.26.8), Rayum Shaded (18th, 14:41.5), Seth Mendoza (15:12.1), Luke Oliver (15:54.6), Bryce Caples (15:57.1) and Siva Polavali (22:28.3).

The Vista freshman boys’ team placed third overall, led by Andrew Zimny, who was fourth-fastest to the finish line in 11:19.2. Charlie Becker-Ellison (11:47) and Preston Breeze (11:49.7) placed 13th and 14th, respectively, while Michael Dias ran 27th in 12:14.5. Hayden Wagg (12:45) and Daniel Granger (12:46.5) finished close to one another to round out the team.

Vista’s JV boys placed fourth, led by sixth-place finisher Joshua Cagney, who posted a time of 11:24.4. Elliott Harrison ran 18th in 12:15.1 and was followed by Michael Pecha (21st, 12:23.5), Dennis Xiao (27th, 12:49.2), Tanner Tran (33rd, 13:06.8) and Joshua Hunt (34th, 13:09.6).

Finishing in 10th place in the freshman-sophomore girls’ race, Cameron Bader led the Eagles with a time of 14:09.9. She was followed by Cali Reese (13th, 14:16.8), Catie Timm (19th, 14:37), Lylah Book (31st, 15:16.9), Nishtha Shah (15:55.2) and Isabella Verduzco (66th, 16:18.3). The team placed third overall.

The girls’ JV team placed fifth overall, as Kathleen Breeze led the team with a fifth-place finish herself in 14:24.5. Sabrina Terando was the team’s only other top-20 finisher, as she ran 20th in 15:41.2. Other runners included Angela Zhou (30th, 16:27.3), Melia Blankenfeld (46th, 17:02), Neeva Deacon (66th, 18:03) and Samantha Timm (89th, 19:25.7).