Clovis News: Sports

Buchanan girls third at state meet

The Buchanan High girls posted the Central Section's best team performance at today's state cross country championships at Woodward Park, finishing third led by Macy Bricks in seventh in Division I girls.

The Buchanan boys finished fifth but had the section's top individual finish, fourth by CJ Albertson.

Redwood High senior Justin Vilhauer's hopes for a state championship were dashed, however, as he finished a distant 41st in the Division II boys race.

Here's a recap of today's action (note: all places are individual rank, not team-race rank):

Division III boys: St. John Bosco upset race favorites Brea Olinda and Palos Verdes for the team title, but race favorite Samuel Pons (South Pasadena) did as expected by winning the individual title, covering the 3.1 miles in 15 minutes flat.

McFarland sophomore Erick Garza is the top Central Section finisher, 17th in 15:45.

Division IV boys:

Parlier junior Robert Leija leads the Central Section finishers, 11th in 15:59, helping the Panthers to a 13th-place team finish. Kerman junior Dallas Nord is 35th.

Division III girls: Favorite Campolindo wins the team race behind individual champ Carrie Verdon in 17:15.

Division IV girls: JSerra wins the team title and Cami Chapus of Harvard-Westlake runs 17:45 for the individual crown. Exeter senior Katie Fry runs 18:03 for fifth place, the best Central Section finish.

Freshman Annette Acosta (38th) and sophomore Yesenia Silva (40th) also finish in the top 40 for the Monarchs, and Firebaugh finishes 19th in the team standings.

Division V boys: Billy Gaudreau wins in 15:39, helping St. Margaret's win the team title. Tyler Vander Schuur of Central Valley Christian leads Central Section finishers with a 23rd place and helps the Cavaliers to 12th in the team standings.

Division I girls: Simi Valley freshman Sarah Baxter runs away from the field in 16:57 to win by 27 seconds, but favored Great Oaks overcomes pre-race injuries to put together a team championship.

Buchanan finishes third as a team. Senior Macy Bricks leads the Bears with a seventh-place finish in 17:33. Sophomore Hagen Reedy (27th), senior Julianne Jacques (58th), freshman Maddy Nikkel (63rd) and senior Dana Schmalzal (65th) complete Buchanan's scoring.

Other top Central Section finishers were Bullard sophomore Ali Teliha (52nd) and Clovis East freshman Sami Ikuma (59th).

Division II boys: Elias Gedyon of Loyola wins his third straight state title, running 14:52 for a 20-second victory. He paces a Loyola team championship.

Madera South finishes 17th and Clovis North 22nd.

Division V girls: Defending champion Lucy McCullough of Marin Academy wins in 18:13, while San Francisco University rolls to the team title.

Division I boys: Ammar Moussa of Arcadia wins his second straight title and stays undefeated this season. His 14:43 beats Ryan Yurie of Patrick Henry by 2 seconds. It also punctuates a dominating Arcadia team victory.

The Buchanan boys finish fifth paced by fourth-place individual CJ Albertson, a junior who runs 14:47. Senior Kevin Barnard is 10th in 14:54 in the very competitive race. Other Buchanan point earners are sophomore Cody Brazeal (25th), junior Josh Orosco (81st) and junior Makynzee Balucas (102nd).

Clovis junior Ryan Phillips finished 29th.

Division II girls: Savannah Pio of Mira Costa beats 2008 champion Kaylin Mahoney of Saugus for the individual title, but Mahoney leads a dominating Saugus performance for the team title.

Jennifer Nakamura finishes 39th to lead Clovis North to a 16th place. Tulare is 22nd and Madera South 23rd.