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Runners Show Well On Section Course
Eddy Calderon leads the way here with teammate Kyle Jimenez close on his heels during the recent Escalon Invitational. The varsity boys were also busy at the Bronco Invite this weekend at the section course in Folsom, Jimenez and Calderon finishing first and second, respectively, for the Cougars. Marg Jackson/The Times


Cougar cross country runners headed to Folsom this past weekend, taking part in the Bronco Invitational.

“The meet is held on the section course. It was a great preview of what we can expect for the section meet,” said head coach Rick Heflin. “We are just finishing our toughest weeks of training so going to this meet with tired legs, most performed much better than last year and that was a huge pump for the team.”

Leading the varsity boys was Kyle Jimenez with a time of 17:57.

“He ran an 18:37 last year at this meet,” noted Heflin.

He was followed by Eddy Calderon, Luga Mendoza, John Rivara, and Ryan Schuurman.

“The varsity girls were led by Sierra Hernandez at 22:02,” Heflin added. “Last year she ran a 22:43.”

She was followed by Veronica Grajeda, Avery Mello, Nicole Luis, Farley Moore, and Flor Algandar.

“We go to this meet so everyone on the team gets a chance to see the section course before the official section race,” explained Heflin.

Gabby Rigg led the frosh/soph girls on a long 2.2 course. Trenton Nascimento led the frosh/soph boys.

“Our next adventure is Mt. Sac, the largest cross country meet in the nation,” Heflin said. “Our varsity will travel to Walnut (California) to see the best runners in the Western U.S.”

Escalon’s next Trans-Valley League event will be the final TVL meet, set for Wednesday, Oct. 28 at Legion Park in Modesto. That will be followed by Subsections at Angels Camp, Sections at Folsom and finally, the State Meet in Fresno.