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Cross Country teams rise up at Mt. SAC Invitational

By Lennie Nelson

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Cole Smith descends Reservoir Hill at the Mt. Sac Invitational
(Photo/ Duncan Selby PrepCalTrack.com)

Lennie Nelson | Staff Writer

November 4th, 2013

Senior Cole Smith finished 14th in the Team Sweepstakes Race to lead the Chargers to 7th place at the Mt. Sac Cross Country Invitational on Saturday the 26th. The Girls squad came up with a 15th place finish in their respective Sweepstakes Race. Captain Addi Zerrenner moved her way up through the deep field and reeled in a 6th place finish against National competition.

At around 19,000 race finishers, the Mt. Sac Invitational in Walnut, CA is the largest cross country event country. The challenging course is known for 3 punishing hills and for great team and individual performances. In 2012, Dos Pueblos senior Bryan Fernandez won the prestigious sweepstakes race on his way to an undefeated season. Zerrenner also made her presence known last year with a victory in the Individual Sweepstakes race.

This time around, the Dos Pueblos senior bided her time in the middle of the pack before attacking in the last mile. Her time of 17:45 was good enough for 6th place. Finding her late season form was junior Elaine McLure who finished 64th in 19:13. Behind her were talented freshmen Christina Rice (19:22) in 71st and Natalie McLure (19:45) in 93rd place. The girl’s 5th scorer was Tatianna Schluep (19:59) in 101st. The girls are currently ranked 10th for D2 in the Southern Section polls.

With their 7th place finish in the D1 & D2 Team Sweeps Race, the Boys team was moved up to 1st in the latest Southern Section polls. 206 points was good enough to best all other Division 2 teams in the race and the meet. For the second year in a row, they are ranked #1 heading into November.

After Smith’s 15:25 performance, senior Andrew McGuan (15:51) was the Charger’s 2nd finisher in 38th place. Their 3rd, 4th and 5th racers crossed the line very close. Ian Wasjutin (16:06) in 49th, John Greening (16:10) in 52nd, and Chris Wasjutin (16:16) in 53rd. Once again the Boys depth through the 5th man carried them. Only three teams had better 5th scorers than the Chargers. Senior captain Tyler Bradford finished 86th in 16:57 as the 6th scorer.

Next on tap for the teams is the Santa Barbara County Championships on Thursday in Lompoc, where strong San Marcos teams look to unseat Dos Pueblos from the County throne.

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