Cross country runners from Escalon hit a familiar course on Saturday, taking part in the Subsection meet at Angels Camp, known as Frogtown.
“It was a hard day for the Cougars,” said coach Rick Heflin. “Even though almost everyone did markedly better that last year, the re-sizing of the divisions and just improvement by all programs left us with fewer qualifiers than usual.”
Both the varsity boys and girls teams placed 11th in the section. Only the top 10 teams advance.
“For the varsity boys only Zack Gardner with a personal best on the course at 17:55 and Kyle Jimenez also a personal best on the course at 18:06 advanced to the next meet,” Heflin said of those two qualifying for the Section meet. “As a team they ran much faster than last year but the cut off was a lot higher this year.”
On the varsity girls side, Sierra Hernandez and Yajaira Salinas both posted personal bests on the course, Hernandez with a 22:01 and Salinas coming in at 22:10.
“They both just missed qualifying,” Heflin said. “The varsity girls also ran much faster as a team than last year.”
Escalon’s JV girls had two runners qualify for the Nov. 14 Section meet. Nora Nash placed with a time 26:07 and Flor Algandar in 26:21.
“We had one qualifier in the Frosh boys, Soph boys and Frosh/soph girls. Troy Nascimento in 13:01, Troy Bedell in 13:39 and Gabby Rigg in 16:52,” added Heflin.
Sections will be held in Folsom on Saturday.