The Bee's boys cross country first team

By Andy Boogaard/The Fresno BeeJanuary 19, 2013 

The eight runners who are joining Madera South's Jose Herrera, the Bee's Runner of the Year, on the All-Bee team are:

JACOB BILVADO

School: El Diamante

Grade: Sophomore

Setting the pace: Visalia Times-Delta/Tulare Advance Register's boys Runner of the Year and a West Yosemite League champion, he captured the Central Section Division II title in a personal record 15 minutes, 49 seconds over 3.1 miles at Woodward Park -- the home venue for the section and state. That tied for the section's 10th-best time of the season at Woodward. He placed 35th in the state's D-II (16:03).

CODY BRAZEAL

School: Buchanan

Grade: Senior

Setting the pace: A three-time Bee All-Star in cross country, his 15:31 in the Oct. 12 Rough Rider Invitational was second to Stockdale's Conner Fisher (15:26) among section runners for the season at Woodward. He placed sixth in the section D-I final (15:55) and 24th in the state (15:39).

URIEL CABANAS

School: Madera South

Grade: Senior

Setting the pace: The Stallions missed by only 14 points of delivering a perfect score (15) while running away with the D-I title in their first year in the section's elite division, and Cabanas played a key role with a fourth-place finish in 15:52. His 15:41 nine days later for 28th in the state D-I final was the section's sixth-best for the season and assisted the team's seventh-place finish. A distinguished season was in order after he popped a 15:50 in the Rough Rider Invitational before the leaves began changing colors.

CARTER DUERKSEN

School: Buchanan

Grade: Senior

Setting the pace: A year after finishing as the Bears' No. 7 runner and the 23rd overall in the section D-I championship at 17:25, he was their No. 2 runner and No. 9 overall in this season's meet at 16:04. And that was a month after he had a hot October with a 15:42 and 15:53 in the Rough Rider and Clovis invites.

DAVID GARCIA

School: Madera South

Grade: Junior

Setting the pace: He peaked nicely, turning a 15:49 and 15:43 for third- and 30th-place finishes in the section and state meets. They ranked among the section's 10 best for the season. He ran 16:31 and 16:40 in those races as a sophomore.

VICTOR MALDONADO

School: Roosevelt

Grade: Senior

Setting the pace: Had an unprecedented school impact in a sport that's existed for 60 years in the section, according to historian Bob Barnett. Maldonado not only became the Rough Riders' first section gold medalist in boys cross country when he won D-III -- timing 16:16 in a 162-runner field -- he also led Roosevelt to its first team title. The Riders, with 47 points, beat Ridgeview by 18. And Yosemite was the next closest at 169.

CONNOR NOLEN

School: Clovis North

Grade: Junior

Setting the pace: His 15:50 in the Clovis Invitational was the section's 11th-best clocking of the season at Woodward. He placed second in the Tri-River Athletic Conference (16:14) and seventh in the section's D-I (16:02).

ROBERT REID

School: Exeter

Grade: Senior

Setting the pace: A year after guiding the Monarchs to the threshold of the section's D-IV championship, he elevated his game and clocked 16:12 to capture that division's individual gold by 21 seconds while also thrusting his team atop the Woodward Park podium. Exeter returned the section plaque to Tulare County in a 12-point margin over Avenal.


Honorable mention

-- Santos Chavez, senior, Golden West

-- Myles Delgado, sophomore, Clovis North

-- Eduardo Herrera, freshman, Madera South

-- David Huerta, junior, Avenal

-- Kasey Knevelbaard, sophomore, Immanuel

-- Juan Macias, sophomore, Madera South

-- Corey Matteson, senior, Clovis

-- Kyle Miller, senior, Tulare

-- Sam Ryan, senior, Buchanan

-- Jesus Salas, senior, Monache

-- Alek Simpson, junior, Yosemite

-- Trevor Voth, sophomore, Buchanan

-- Ryan Walker, senior, Clovis

-- Jacob Williams, junior, Buchanan

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