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Oakmont, Roseville get first looks at cross country teams

By: Amanda Calzada/Roseville Press Tribune Correspondent
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Cross-country coaches could see where their athletes were Saturday morning at Maidu Park — literally.

“This time of the year, the coaches are just learning their athletes,” Oakmont coach Ryan Nugent said, adding the Maidu course allows coaches to see runners at more spots during a race compared to other courses.

The Vikings hosted 14 schools for the second annual Oakmont Cross Country Invitational, a season-opening meet.

“It was easier than other meets to come, and it’s a good start,” said Roseville’s Jennifer Gleason, who placed second among the Tigers and 23rd overall in the varsity girls 4k. Gleason’s time of 17 minutes, 30 seconds was five seconds and one place behind teammate Janelle Stepper.

Roseville coach Lisa Vaccaro said the invitational gives runners “an idea of fitness level,” since the course was much flatter than other courses in the Sierra Foothill League.

Oakmont won the frosh-soph boys division with 33 points and placed third in frosh-soph girls. Roseville was fifth in frosh-soph girls and sixth in frosh-soph boys.

Oakmont’s Ian Miller and Logan Taggart finished 1-2 in the frosh-soph boys race with Miller crossing the finish line in 13:35, one second ahead of Taggart. The Vikings placed four runners in the top 10 with Tanner Moore eighth in 14:04 and Christian Woolfolk ninth in 14:17.

Matt Sangria of Roseville placed sixth in 13:54.

Kylie Michaels of Oakmont finished 10th in the frosh-soph girls race in 16:24, and Emma Sessano of Roseville was 11th in 16:43.

In varsity boys, Oakmont was seventh and Roseville eighth. Austin Taggart of Oakmont overcame a side ache to finish 16th in 13:21.

“I went out a little too fast, but I was able to keep up at a pretty good pace and sprint at the end,” Taggart said.

Sophomore Arturo Sotomayer of Roseville placed 18th in 12:22, and teammate Logan Stahl was 24th in 13:27. The Tigers were without sophomore Nielson Powless, who was competing in a triathlon in Tahoe.

Oakmont junior Marisa Carino finished fifth in the varsity girls race in 14:57. She won the race last year. Oakmont’s Mikaela Davidian placed 16th in 16:58, and Sahara Almquist was 27th in 18:04.

Pleasant Grove’s Caton Avilla won the varsity boys race in 12:24, and St. Francis’ Lauren Larocco won the girls race in 14:21.

FOURTH ANNUAL DEL ORO INVITE

When/Where: Thursday at Del Oro High School, 3301 Taylor Road in Loomis.

Distance: 2½ miles (4,000 meters).

Race schedule: 5:40 p.m., frosh-soph girls; 6:10 p.m., frosh-soph boys; 6:40 p.m., JV and varsity girls; 7:10 p.m., JV and varsity boys.