All-Bee girls cross country First Team, Honorable Mention

The Fresno BeeJanuary 23, 2013 

Joining Runner of the Year Hagen Reedy on the Bee's 2012 Fall All-Stars in girls cross country are:

HANNAH BENOIT

School: Buchanan

Grade: Sophomore

Setting the pace: A year after showing promise as a freshman on a Central Section championship team, she joined the elite not only individually but also on the fastest team in section history. She placed fifth in the section D-I race at 18:45 at Woodward Park's 3.1-mile course before coming back nine days later at the same site with a personal-record 18:37 for 36th in the state.

JOSIE FRY

School: Buchanan

Grade: Sophomore

Setting the pace: Given her year in school -- a classmate of Benoit -- Fry's the latest example of a Bears dynasty without a finish line in sight. She placed seventh in section D-I (18:45), immediately behind three teammates and Bee All-Stars set to return next year. Her section time was 1:18 faster than she ran as a freshman. She also placed fourth in the TRAC (18:51) and 64th at state (19:00).

JUSTICE HINOJOSA

School: Buchanan

Grade: Junior

Setting the pace: She was at her best in the section final (18:53), where the Bears ran 1-4-5-6-7 while missing a perfect score of 15 by only eight points. And Hinojosa made a huge section-meet improvement (1:14) in a year. She ran 18:58 in the Rough Rider Invitational and finished sixth in the TRAC (19:04).

LEIGH MOFFETT

School: Clovis North

Grade: Junior

Setting the pace: Repeat Bee All-Star clocked 17:51 in the Clovis Invitational, a time beaten only by Buchanan's Hagen Reedy and Clovis' Mikayla Sodersten in the section for the season. Moffett placed second in the TRAC (18:19) and the section D-I (18:07) and 12th in the state D-I (18:00).

MADDY NIKKEL

School: Buchanan

Grade: Junior

Setting the pace: Repeat Bee All-Star established herself as the heir apparent to two-time Bee Runner of the Year Hagen Reedy as the Bears' ace with a series of consistent results -- 18:28 for fourth in the section D-I, 18:33 at the Rough Rider Invitational, 18:39 for third at the TRAC, 18:43 at the Clovis Invitational and 18:56 at state.

CRISTAL RIVERA

School: Madera South

Grade: Senior

Setting the pace: After placing third in section D-III as a junior, she made an early senior statement by burning an 18:39 at the Rough Rider Invitational, a time exceeded by only seven runners in the section for the season. Her second-place 19:10 in the section D-II final led the Stallions to third as a team.

YESENIA SILVA

School: Exeter

Grade: Senior

Setting the pace: Visalia Times-Delta/Tulare Advance Register Runner of the Year ran big in her biggest meets, winning the section D-IV title at 18:41 and placing fifth with a personal-record 18:32 in the state D-IV final as the Monarchs finished 10th as a team.

MIKAYLA SODERSTEN

School: Clovis

Grade: Freshman

Setting the pace: She burst onto the scene by winning her first five races, but it was in the race she didn't win -- by one second -- that she established herself as a state star, regardless of age. Her 17:41 at the Clovis Invitational D-I Varsity Division was second to Amador Valley senior Jena Pianin (17:40) and would hold up as the second-best freshman time in the state for the season. Only Granite Bay's Maggie Bell (17:29) ran faster for a rookie. And Sodersten's time is also second only to Mission Prep four-time state champion Jordan Hasay (17:02) on the section all-time freshman list. Also, Sodersten's time would have finished fourth in the state D-I final, which she missed with a foot injury.

ALI TELIHA

School: Bullard

Grade: Senior

Setting the pace: Two-time Bee All-Star closed her cross country career on a steady line, running 18:05 at the Clovis Invitational, 18:15 for third in the section D-I and 18:14 for 20th at state. Only Buchanan's Reedy and Clovis North's Moffett broke 18:20 as often at Woodward Park.

JORDYN ZORN

School: Monache

Grade: Sophomore

Setting the pace: Better known as Jo Jo, she established herself as a runner to watch for the next two years not only in Tulare-Kings counties but the section as well by winning the section D-II final in 18:43. Her Woodward best was a tick faster in the Rough Rider Invitational (18:42), and she placed 32nd in the state D-II championship (18:49).


Honorable Mention

Annette Acosta, jr., Exeter

Marissa Gonzalez, sr., Bullard

Katie Grootendorst, soph., Clovis West

Camilla Hanson, frosh, Clovis North

Emily Hellam, jr., Clovis North

Katherine Holm, sr., Buchanan

Miranda Kennedy, soph., Buchanan

Annechiena Knevelbaard, soph., CVC

Lauren Moffett, frosh, Clovis North

Danielle Pacheco, frosh., Clovis West

Kaitlyn Pacheco, frosh, Clovis West

Jessica Petroff, sr., Madera

Sarah Reid, soph., Exeter

Taylor Samson, sr., Clovis West

Katie Sandoval, sr., Clovis North

Denissa Vega, frosh., Clovis East

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