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Escalon Hosts Hundreds At Cross Country Invitational
Riverbank's boys and Patterson's girls claimed the varsity crowns at Escalon's annual invitational cross country meet hosted at Woodward Reservoir on Wednesday.

Sunny skies and warm temperatures greeted the runners from more than a dozen schools that came to take part in the event.

The Escalon varsity boys were third in the meet, paced by Clancy Casteel, sixth overall in 17:55. Philip Plott was 13th in 18:19, Donovan Gardner 25th in 19:37, Gilles Benit 26th in 19:38 and Logan Stewart 35th in 20:00.

For the varsity girls, Pearl Rivers was fifth at 21:47, first across the line for Escalon. Khrista Delucchi was close behind at 22:08, good for a seventh place finish, with Jennifer Masters 19th at 25:03, and Janelle Giuntoli and Sierra Duran came in with the same time, 24:17, but Giuntoli was across the line first, 31st place, with Duran coming in 32nd. As a team, the varsity girls placed fourth.

In the freshman boys race, Josh Vandagriff was fourth overall and first for Escalon in 13:51 on the 2.1-mile course, with the team itself coming in second place.

"Overall the team did very well, we're very excited," coach Rick Heflin said of the Escalon showing in the various divisions. "We had 13 teams there so I can't complain."

Select Cougar runners will travel to invitationals over the next couple of weekends, Oct. 18 and 24, before the team as a whole takes part in the third and final Trans-Valley League meet of the season on Wednesday, Oct. 29.