Del Oro boys and girls take Kim Duyst Invite

Chamberlain, McLaughlin lead the way for Golden Eagles
By: Nick Pecoraro
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CERES– Both Del Oro boys’ and girls’ cross-country teams won their respective races in the Kim Duyst Invitational in at River Oaks Golf Course Saturday night.

Two weeks after setting a course record in the Aug. 25 Oakmont Invitational, freshman Riley Chamberlain again led the Lady Eagles, winning by nearly a minute and a half and coming in at 13 minutes, 36.15 seconds. Senior Brayden McLaughlin, making his 2018 debut, led all boys runners at 12:36.34.

Sophomore Dylan Corkill finished fifth overall at 13:08.23, Ben Edwards, Andre Carey and Tate Sutter all finished within the Top 25 for the Del Oro boys team, whose 65 team points was 43 better than the next closest team.

The Del Oro girls team finished 60 points ahead of second-place Oakdale. The Golden Eagles were paced by Chamberlain, Hannah Wirth (4th), Alissa Pessin (5th), Chloe Jeppson (14th) and Sydni Dyer (26th).

According to, both Chamberlain and McLaughlin are Del Oro’s record-holders for the girls- and boys 4,000-meter runs. Fee said he thinks both runners have chances of not only winning the Kim Duyst Invite, but could also set course records in the process.

The Del Oro JV boys also won their race, compiling a 23-point score, with five runners finishing inside the Top 10 and nine in the Top 20. The JV girls finished third overall in the 2,000-meter run.

The Duyst Invite featured mainly teams from the central valley, such as Ripon, Lodi, Turlock, Denair, Golden Valley of Merced, Sonora, Amador, Downey of Modesto and Livingston to name a few. Teams like Pitman of Turlock and Sierra of Manteca each have returning runners who placed in the Top 20 in the Sac-Joaquin Section meet last season.


Wildfires girls take second, boys fifth in Chavez Invite

STOCKTON– Foresthill’s cross-country teams ran in Thursday night’s Chavez Invitational in Stockton. The varsity girls placed second overall with 47 points while the boys team finished fifth with 92.

Freshman Lily Watkins (22 minutes, 21 seconds) placed fifth overall in the girls varsity 5,000-meter run while senior Megan Knudsvig was just one second behind her in sixth place. Meredith Carpenter came in ninth at 24:45, Kiera Odell (26:45) finished 17th overall and Ellie Odell (28:30) was 23rd.

The Wildfires as a team, were just 15 points shy of Woodland, the winning varsity girls team.

For the boys’ side, junior Allen Siefert (22:08) and freshman Luis Giles-Meraz (22:48) finished 17th and 18th, respectively. A trio of freshmen, Brayden Durand (29th at 25:22), Ryan Leyba (30th at 26:16) and Clay Cantrell (32nd at 26:45), rounded out the Wildfires’ Top 5.

“Our freshmen have been a great addition to the seniors we have,” said Foresthill coach Jeff Gallero. “Typically, I like to let the freshmen go 2 miles in their first race and try to break them in that way. This race was a precursor meet to bring everyone up to run varsity.”

Next week the Wildfires will run in the Bret Harte Frogtown Invitational, which is the site of the Sac-Joaquin Subsections later this season.

Foresthill will host the 10th annual Wildfire Invitational Oct. 6 on the Old Mill course, elevated 3,000 feet with an eastward uphill- and westward downhill canvas that the Wildfires call home. Thirty-five high schools from all divisions and 15 junior high school teams will join the hilly race.

“It’s a challenge for flatlanders coming from the Valley,” said Gallero. “With it being our home course, we want to try to defend it.”