Carino wins first Oakmont Invitational varsity girls race
St. Francis High School had enough top finishers to win the varsity girls championship in the Oakmont Cross Country Invitational on Saturday, but the Troubadours didn’t have anybody who could stay up with Marisa Carino.
The Oakmont High School sophomore won the 4K race in the inaugural event at Maidu Regional Park in 14 minutes, 41 seconds. She won by 13 seconds.
Oakmont coach Ryan Nugent said Carino ran a smart race and took the lead with about a mile remaining.
“From that point on, there really wasn’t any looking back. She paced herself and strategically hit at the right time,” Nugent said. “She didn’t get too carried away with the leaders early on.”
Edixon Puglisi of Oakmont finished fifth in the varsity boys race in 12:50.
Roseville freshman Arturo Sotomayor won the frosh-soph boys race in 13:40, helping the Tigers place second to Del Campo.
Oakmont’s girls finished second in the varsity, frosh-soph and JV events.
“It was a real positive event,” Nugent said. “There was a good reaction by all the coaches for the first event being held at Maidu. We’re hoping the meet will catch on and become an even bigger event next year.”
Roseville opens with two wins — Bianca Luna won her match 6-0, 6-0, and the Tigers beat host Yuba City 6-3 in their season opener.
“We all started a little slow and tight because it was our first match of the year, but all in all, I was pleased with how our girls handled the pressure,” coach Donny Nush said.
Roseville came back to drill Pioneer 8-1 on Monday in Woodland. Janet Rowe at No. 4 singles and Rachel Beacham at No. 6 recorded straight-set wins for the Tigers.
Granite Bay sweeps — The Grizzlies swept Golden Sierra at all three levels. The varsity won 25-11, 25-16, 25-16. The JV won 25-17, 25-22, and the freshmen won 25-16, 25-12.