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Several Runners Moving On To Section Meet
Saturday's trip to Frogtown for the cross country subsections saw more than a dozen Cougars advance to the next level, paced by the standout effort of junior Julian Young.

"It's the first time he has ever run for me," said coach Rick Heflin, hoping to have Young back for the squad as a senior. This year, the Cougars did not send a varsity boys team to the subsection event, as numbers were low, but Young was a standout as an individual runner in the varsity race and qualified as the second individual, 19th overall, to advance to the Section Meet in Folsom on Nov. 10.

"He came in at 17:58, and he was running in the 20s at the start of the year," Heflin noted of the solid work Young has done.

The varsity girls placed 11th as a team.

"Only 10 teams go on," Heflin said.

Escalon will be represented in the varsity girls race by Sierra Lionudakis, who was the third individual and advances to Sections as well.

"She ran her best race at the end of the year, finished in 21:42," Heflin explained. She was 17th overall but the third not on a team to advance. Adriana Delucchi was next in for Escalon, 27th overall (sixth individual) in 22:03.

"We had no JV boys team but the JV girls did qualify as the sixth team," said Heflin.

Team members are Zulema Carrillo, Logan LaRossa, Marissa Dominguez, Karina Rodriguez and Lori Kroon. Also going on to the Section Meet are the freshman boys, taking sixth with team members Trevor Weinbrecht, John Rivara, Luga Mendoza, Ryan Schuurman and Philip Tilbury.

"Our frosh-soph girls placed third," Heflin said.

That feat was accomplished without number one runner Allie Panero, who was out ill. Stepping up to fill the slot and help the team move on was Jackie Valeriano.

Also on the team and heading to Sections are Sierra Hernandez, Leone Rivers, Tristin King, Nicole Luis, Farley Moore and Avery Mello. Panero will take Valeriano's spot for the Section competition.

"It's kind of what we expected," Heflin said of placements for the team, adding that he was hopeful the varsity girls would also move on as a team, but had a tough day and didn't make the cut.

For those running at the Section Meet, races will kick off at 1:10 p.m. Saturday.