Varsity boys finish in 28th place
Every Friday for the past several weeks, the Taft boys and girls cross country teams hit the road looking to improve their times and places. With time running out on that season, the Wildcats continued that theme at Woodward Park in Fresno this past Friday when they took part in the Roughrider Invitational.
“I am very proud of these athletes and their improvement throughout the season,” said Taft coach Ryan Hickman. “Once these athletes understand that they can be competitive and deserve what they have worked hard to accomplish, we will improve even faster.”
As a team the Wildcats finished eighth in the 5000 meter small schools race with a point total of 274.Campolindo was first with 34 points.
Alejandro Quinonez had the best result among the Taft boys by coming in 28th place with a time of 17:26.20. Seth Bullard finished 44th out of the 196 runners with a time of 17:57.40.
Marvin Gama was 63rd with a time of 18:11. Andres Camacho followed by placing 82nd thanks to a time of 18:44. Moises Ruiz was next with an 85th finish and a time of 18:50.40.
Adrian Luna followed in 94th place with a time of 18:59.90. Luis Sebastian was 108th with a time of 19:12 while Juan Rubio was 129th with a time of 19:40.
Coalinga’s Ivan Ayala won the race with a time of 15:47.
As a team, the Wildcats finished 14th out of 27 schools with a total 432 points. Sanger won with 49.
Andres Verdugo had the best result for Taft by coming in 85th with a time of 13:42.50. Sawyer Maier was 93rd out of 288 runners with a time of 13:54.10. Luis Tabares was 101st with a time of 13:59.30 while Carlos Cibrian was 128th with a time of 14:22.90.
William Martin finished in 132nd place with a time of 14:24.40. Antonio Guzman was 135th with a time of 14:28.10. Jessiah Morely was two spots back in 134th place with a time of 14:27.
Taft’s Kaitlyn Wilson finished 17th with a time of 15:53.30 while Kylie Campbell was 18th with a time of 15:54.10.
The cross country team is putting the last of its pieces together and gearing up for a late season "run" to the Valley Meet and, hopefully to the State Championships,” said Hickman.
Taft returns to action Friday when they travel to the Mt. Sac Invitational.