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This Week in Mustang Sports

A regular recap of sports teams at Foothill High School. Coaches, captains, and players are encouraged to send detailed team information and stats to sports@fhspress.com.

Cross country improves at PVL meet

Oct. 21st brought about the 2nd PVL meet of the season and the Mustang Cross-Country team continued to show improvement.

With league finals on Oct. 28th and Sub-Sections on Nov. 7th, these improvements are key to qualifying for Sections

The Frosh-Soph girls team started the day on Bear River's 2.2 mile course. Jasmine Brooks led the way, finishing 19th in a time of 20:47. Following Jasmine across the line were; Abby Vargas in 20th at 22:26 and Chelsea Garcia 22nd in 32:01.

The Frosh-Soph boys, fielding a full team for the first time this season, were next up. Despite lacking their #2 runner they finished 4th. Leading the way was Thomas Golub in 9th place with a 14:03. Mikal Evans, running his first ever race, was next with a 26th place finish and 15:59 time.

Stephen Gurule (27th, 16:19); Daimeon Victorian (32nd, 17:28) and Donovan Lecompte (33rd, and also 17:28) finished up for the Mustangs.

The Varsity girls then took to the 5000 meter course and came through with a 4th place finish as well. Inna Barchuk led the way comming in 14th with a time of 23:55. She was followed by; Erika Ruiz with a personal best of 24:37, good for 19th; Anna Chmil (27th, 25:29), Neeah Kirby (28th, 25:30) and Liz Avila (36th, 26:41)

Varsity boys closed out the day finishing 5th. Joe Stuter was the first Mustang across the line in 24th with a 20:40. Chase Peterson, despite taking a tumble, finished 26th in 20:48. Rounding out the team were; Nathan Findlay (29th, 21:21), George Fernandez (45th, 23:56) and Kevin Lam, 53rd and a personal best of 29:18. The boys team suffered a major blow before the meet as they were without two of their top five runners.

In the PVL cluster meet setup teams get 1 point for each team they beat in the league meets and will get 2 points for each team they beat at league finals. Current standings going into finals are:

Frosh-Soph Girls-Placer 10; Lincoln 8, with Bear River, Center, Colfax and Foothill 0 (as they do not have full teams).

Frosh-Soph Boys- Placer 10, Center 7, Lincoln 7, Foothill 2, Bear River 0, and Colfax 0.

Varsity Girls-Placer 10, Lincoln 8, Colfax 6, Foothill 3, Center 3, Bear River 0.

Varsity Boys- Center 8, Colfax 7, Lincoln 6, Placer 5, Foothill 3, Bear River 0

Next up are League Finals to be held Oct. 28th in Lincoln, off of Twelve Bridges Rd. Sub_sections are Nov. 7th at Calaveras County Fairgrounds.

--Submitted by Coach Roger Voll

Cross country hosts meet at FHS

The Mighty Mustangs Cross-Country team hosted their own invitational on Oct. 14th and proved they are a force to be reckoned with in the future. The Mustangs brought earned seven medals at the meet. Walking away wearing some new bling were frosh-soph girls Jasmine Brooks, Abby Vargas, and Chelsea Garcia; freshman boys Thomas Golub and Josh Smith; and Varsity girls Inna Barchuk and Neeah Kirby.

The day started with the frosh-soph girls race, which brought immediate hopes for a successful day. Jasmine Brooks led the way with a personal best 18:52, good for 5th place over the 2 mile course. Abby Vargas followed with her best performance as well going 21:55 good for 7th place. Chelsea Garcia finished things up with a respectable 28:40 in her first race.

The frosh-soph boys then stepped onto the course and kept things rolling. Thomas Golub led the boys with a 6th place finish and a best time of 12:54. Josh Smith was close behind, also running a personal best 12:59, good for 8th. Stephen Gurule, another first time runner came across the line in 13:55 and 19th place. Rounding out the boys were Daimeon Victorian, 26th and a best time of 15:18, and Donovan LeCompte (29th and 15:44). These performances propelled the team to a 4th place finish.

The Varsity girls provided the highlight of the day,as Inna Barchuk (5th, 22:59), freshman Neeah Kirby (9th, 24:38}, Anna Chmil (13th, 24:54),

Erika Ruiz (14th, 24:58), Liz Avila (16th, 25:12) and Nia Crowell (19th, 26:54) boosted the girls team to a second place finish behind only D1 Pleasant Grove. In the process they bested league rivals Colfax and Center, as well as natural rival Highlands.

The Varsity boys brought the day to an end with a 4th place team finish. Leading the way was Emmanuel Cruz in a best time of 19:30 and 11th place, just missing a top ten finish and a medal. Close behind was Joe Stuter (14th and 19:38). Rounding out the boys team were Nathan Findlay (21st, 20:29), Chase Peterson (23rd, 20:39), Curtis Barnes ( 33rd, 21:34) and Kevin Lam (53rd, 29:49.

Overall, the Foothill Showcase was a great success and we look forward to continuing to grow and make this one of the area's premier meets. Next up on the Mustangs schedule: Oct 21st-PVL Meet #2 at Bear River; Oct. 28th-PVL Championships at Twelve Bridges in Lincoln; Nov. 7th- Sac-Joaquin Sub-Sections at Angels Camp; and hopefully we will send some runners to the Section Finals on Nov. 10th at Willow Hills in Folsom.

--Submitted by Coach Roger Voll

Chase Peterson
Chase Peterson runs cross country for the Foothill Mustangs at the Pacific Tiger Invitational in Stockton. Photo by Kat McDermott.

Cross country places well in Stockton

The Mustang cross country team took the trip down to Stockton on September 26 to compete in the Pacific Tiger Invitational.

This meet hosts approximately 60 schools in a large school, small school format. With Foothill's enrollment we were classified in the small school competition. And with the team at nearly full strength, they gave the Sac-Joaquin section a warning that the Mustangs are on the move.

The day started on an extremely high note,as what has to be the strongest varsity girls team to ever don the Foothill colors, took to the fast course and blazed to an 8th place team finish. Leading the way was Anna Chmil with the fastest 5000 meters run at Foothill in 22:19, followed very closely by Inna Barchuk (22:20), Nia Crowell (22:50), freshman Neeah Kirby (23:50) and freshman Liz Avila (24:47). Neeah's time gives her the fastest 5000 meters by a freshman girl and Liz's times makes her the second fastest freshman. The 5 girls now rank 1st through 5th on the girls 5000 meter list. And with sophomore Erika Ruiz yet to join them, it seems they will only get better.

The varsity boys followed, and despite being without what had been their number one runner, stormed to a 14th place team finish. Junior Joe Stuter stepped up in the absence of Emmanuel Cruz, and blazed to a 19:12 over the 5000 meters. His time is the second fastest by a junior at this distance. Following Joe to the finish were, Chase Peterson (20:02), Nathan Findlay (20:45), Curtis Barnes (21:15) and George Fernandez (21:21).

The junior varsity competition was next on the course. The in girls jv race, Sierra Boers covered the 2 miles in 20:27, followed by Sarah Seamster in 20:40. While in the jv boys, Kevin Lam came across the finish line in 17:54.

The Frosh/Soph competition brought the day to an end,starting with the girls race. Jasmine Brooks led the way for Foothill, covering the 2 miles in 19:14 and Abby Vargas followed in 21:55. The Frosh/Soph boys ended the outstanding day with some really good performances as well. Thomas Golub led the way in 13:24. Trailing Thomas were Josh Smith (13:33), Donovan LeCompte (14:43) and Daimeon Victorian (15:27).

You can see these awesome runners at two locals meets the first two weeks of October. They will run in the Capitol Cross Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 3rd. To be held at Haggin Oaks Golf Course. And again on Wednesday, October 14th, when we host the 3rd annual Foothill Showcase Invite, to be run on the campus of Foothill.

--Submitted by Coach Roger Voll

Cross Country Team

Photo courtesy of Roger Voll.

Cross country runners earn three medals at Oakmont Invite

Cross country season is in full swing as the Mustang runners have hit the fields running. The season started on August 29th with the Oakmont Invitational. Only five runners were cleared to run, but put on a great showing as three of them came home with medals.

The ladies opened up the season with senior Inna Barchuk, running her first ever race, covering the 4000 meter course in 18:10 and a 4th place finish. Senior Nia Crowell, also running her first race was forced to drop out of competition.

On the boys side, Senior Emmanuel Cruz led the way running the 4000 meters in 15:04, good for 3rd place. He was followed by senior Chase Peterson, 8th place in 15:55, and junior Curtis Barnes, 12th in 16:11. Next up was the scheduled Renfree Challenge, but it was cancelled due to the excessive heat. Mira Loma hosted a quickly put together meet two days later and two Mustangs went to that meet. Sophomore Daimeon Victorian ran the 2.1 mile course in 16:34, good for 10th place and Inna Barchuk covered the 3 mile varsity course in 23:08 and 12th place.

Sept. 16th brought the first Pioneer Valley meet at Colfax. The team put on a promising show and raised hopes for a successful season and promising future for the program. Frosh-Soph boys opened the meet on the 2.2 mile course. Freshmen Josh Smith(27th; 15:25) and Thomas Golub (29th; 15:32) led the way, followed by sophomore Daimeon Victorian (37th; 17:47) and freshman Donovan LeCompte (40th; 20:51). Next up was the Frosh-Soph girls and they didn't disappoint. Freshmen Liz Avila (19th; 18:48) and Jasmine Brooks(24th; 24:36) competed for Foothill.

Boys opened the varsity competition on a 3.1 mile course. Emmanuel Cruz again led the way finishing 16th in 20:36, with Chase Peterson (20th; 20:56), Joe Stuter (24th; 21:02), Curtis Barnes(32nd; 22:08) and George Fernandez (43rd; 24:46) following. Team scoring had Center on top with 26 pts, followed by Lincoln 58; Colfax 60; Foothill 107; Bear River 115; and Placer with no full team.

For those unfamiliar with cross-country, low score wins.The girls closed out the cold rainy day being led by Inna Barchuk(16th; 23:43), followed by Anna Chmil(17th; 23:53), Nia Crowell(27th; 24:40), freshman Neeah Kirby(35th: 26:05) and Sierra Boers(56th; 35:26).Team scores were Placer 18, Lincoln 65, Colfax 83, Center 115, Foothill 124, and Bear River 126.

Next up is the Pacific Tiger Invitational on Sept. 26th in Stockton. Next local meet is the first Capital Cross meet to be held at Haggin Oaks golf course on Oct. 3rd. Foothil will be hosting the 3rd annual Foothill Showcase at Foothill on Wednesday, Oct. 14th. All races will start and finish in the football stadium. Scheduled to join the Mighty Mustangs are: Pleasant Grove; Center; Colfax; Highlands; Grant; San Juan; Sacramento Country Day; and Bradshaw Christian. Come out and support your fellow athletes while watching some exciting races. We can also use volunteers to act as course monitors. Contact Head Coach Kevin Clancy in room C3.

--Submitted by Coach Roger Voll







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