Clovis Inv. (State Preview Meet): California Dreamin’ – California’s Condors stun in boys win; Reedy moves to #4 performer all time
By Rich Gonzalez
(October 6, 2012) –
The annual Clovis Invitational traditionally marks the mid-season of the high school cross-country season, with top programs from across the state descending on the Woodward Park in a “state meet preview” of sorts. Keep in mind that most rosters have at least one individual missing today because of collegiate testing exams. A wrap-up story will follow.
- Championship Boys Race – California HS of Whittier (SS) stuns with 103-point win in 79:27. Runner-up Trabuco Hills (114 pts, 79:31) has bigger-than-usual gap from #3 to #4 to deny the team title. Bryan Fernandez-led Dos Pueblos (132 pts, 79:24) takes third. Fernandez powers to another big win, this time in 15:09 on the state meet course; Long Beach Poly’s Miguel Bautista second in 15:20.
- Championship Girls Race – Hometown Buchanan High showcases race winner Hagen Reedy (big lifetime-best 16:59, a 28-second improvement) as well as unmatched depth (final team scorer Justice Hinojosa was the fastest #5 in the race at 19:01) as the Bears (92:18) down powerful St. Francis (94:07), 93-125. Davis just one point behind the runner-up Troubadors, who were missing one recent regular (college testing exam) and another expected to return from injury later this month. Palisades sophomore Marissa Williams continues a bombing fall campaign as the L.A City Section gem places second to Reedy in 17:15. It’s the fastest mark ever at the Woodward Park course by an L.A. City Section runner!
- The first race of the day (Varsity Girls Extra-Large Division) provided plenty of excitement as Amador Valley’s Jena Pianin outlasted Clovis ninth-grader Mikayla Sodersten in a thrilling duel, 17:40-17:41. Sodersten’s time is th sixth-fastest in course history by a California frosh.
- El Toro’s Juan Gonzalez kicked off the boys action in the Extra-Large Division with a five-second victory over Godinez’s Jose Penaloza in a pre-Orange County Championships showdown between those two stars. Gonzalez, who was timed in 15:22, led the Chargers to a 97-122 win over Redondo Union.
- Rianna Goins led three girls in the top six as Canyon of Anaheim (63 points) knocked off Bella Vista (97) and Clovis (98) for the victory in Division 2. Bella Vista frosh Kendall Derry on the race in 18:13. The boys race saw St. John Bosco cruise to a big 94-156 triumph over Paso Robles as SJB’s Myles Smith (15:19) held off a great last-mile surge from Granite Bay’s Trent Brendel (second in 15:25).
- Las Lomas of Walnut Creek, ranked third in State Division III was an 84-117 winner over Archbishop Mitty in the Medium Schools girls race, won individually by Acalanes’ Annie Marggraff (18:59).
- Previously state-ranked Oak Park went 2-3 individually in rolling to an 85-112 victory over #10-ranked Acalanes in the Boys Medium Schools race, won by Miramonte’s Tyler Hanson in 15:36.
- Paraclete downed Laguna Beach, 64-94 in a battle of Division IV state-ranked squads while Spencer Moore (St. Mary’s HS, Berkeley) completed the course in 19:00 to post a big 24-second winning margin over Paraclete’s Madison Grenier.
- The last race was an encore performance for Fillmore, which once again once a last-half-of-the-race assault to win another invitational. The Flashes, top-ranked in State Division IV, scored 54 points (83:56) to win the Small Schools Boys Division Race over McFarland (86; 85:18) and Piner (109; 85:15). Piner claimed three of the top four spots, led by race winner Efren Reyes (16:02).
Results from all races