Crosta, Woodcreek girls win Trojan Invite

By: Kurt Johnson, The Press Tribune
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Behind four top-10 finishers, the Woodcreek High girls cross country team took the title at the Trojan Invitational Saturday at Folsom’s Willow Hills Reservoir. It could have been even better for the Timberwolves, as Ashley DeVriend ran while battling a lingering illness and carried the fifth spot in the Woodcreek rotation. Courtney Crosta won the individual title, running a strong 19:49 to win by nearly 30 seconds. The Timberwolves victory came at the expense of outstanding girls’ teams at Oak Ridge, Del Oro and St. Francis. Stephanie Romo crossed fifth for Woodcreek, with Sami Gomez seventh and Nicole Kruslic in the eighth position. Sophomore Ciara Donnelley had a solid run to close out the Woodcreek top six in securing the team title. “Saturday was hot, but a good day overall,” said Woodcreek coach Terri McKillop. “The girls ran well for the heat and even dealing with one of our top five not running well due to illness we still ran exceptionally well.” Del Oro's Emma Freeman finished in fourth position, while Maxine Goyette of Oak Ridge crossed sixth. Brittney Putnam of Oak Ridge delivered a 12th-place result, Jacqueline Mansoor was 14th, Blanka Hodur of Folsom 15th and Del Oro runners Slissa Hood (17th) and Caitlin Devitt Payne (19th) were also in the top 20. For the boys race, McKillop had her younger runners participate with the JV team, with the result being a first place team finish at that level, while the varsity still ran to a second place result. “The boys are improving every meet,” McKillop said. “We broke up the top seven to allow the ninth and 10th-grade boys to fill the JV race.” Tyler Raposa was the fifth-place finisher in the varsity boys race, with Hunter Tyler and Gurp Mann also making the top 25. Senior Amjed Aboukhadijeh of Oak Ridge was second in the boys race, while Nathan Williams finished ninth and Zachary Speno 17th to lead the Trojans to the boys team title. The rotation change to strengthen the Timberwolves’ JV earned Woodcreek a dominating win over Rocklin in that race. Brandon Biando was the winner of the race, with teammates Austin Mason and JJ Dekker right behind him in second and third position. Freshman Jonathan Horvath was fifth, as Woodcreek took four of the top five spots. Rocklin sophomore Nicholas Heath was the lone non-Woodcreek runner in the top five, as he finished fourth. Del Oro's Matt Lozancich ran sixth, while Rocklin's Andrew Brooks was eighth. Del Oro junior Evan Hopping finished ninth and Mitchell Bamford took the No. 10 spot.