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Woodcreek boys shock favorites at section meet

Seawell wins individual cross country title
By: Kurt Johnson, Press-Tribune sports editor
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The boys cross country team from Woodcreek High School took the front end of an impressive daily double on Saturday when it won the boys team title at the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II cross country championships Saturday in Folsom. That win, backed up by a surprise victory by the Woodcreek girls team was the story of the day at the section meet. Woodcreek’s Garrett Seawell has been dominant in boys meets throughout the season, and the section meet was no exception. The senior ran a 16:05, 19 seconds faster than Del Campo’s Dan Mitchell, to capture the individual title. The surprise in this event was the result for the Timberwolves’ boys team, which upset favored teams from Del Campo, Oak Ridge, Jesuit and Fairfield to take the top spot in the team competition. “The boys went into the race knowing they had to run the races of their lives to pull off a state meet berth,” said coach Terri McKillop. “It was incredibly hot for the season and our boys stepped up to the line and laid it all out on the course.” In addition to Seawell’s impressive run, junior Tyler Raposa finished 10th overall (eighth in the team competition), while senior Spencer Mason, freshman Hunter Tyler and sophomore Angelo Ciaraglia filled in the balance of a strong championship performance. The top four teams and the top five runners who finish in the top 16 who are not on those four teams advance to the state meet in Fresno Nov. 29. Joining Woodcreek in advancing among the boys teams are Del Campo, Fairfield and Jesuit while Oak Ridge is the odd man out. Rocklin senior Zachary Zadrozna and Granite Bay junior Cassidy Bertsch earned two of the five individual spots at the state meet. For Woodcreek it was an outstanding day with Seawell becoming the first Woodcreek runner to take a section individual title in addition to the Timberwolves taking a pair of team section title banners. “We have been talking all week about believing in themselves and how good they've become through hard work.” McKillop said. “It all paid off on Saturday. It was a magical day for Woodcreek.”