View Mobile Site
 

Ask the Expert

Signal Photos

 

West Ranch boys stun Saugus in Foothill League No. 1

Saugus girls win big

Posted: September 23, 2014 10:35 p.m.
Updated: September 23, 2014 10:35 p.m.
From left, Saugus’ Ryan Tate and West Ranch’s Ryan Painter and Tucker Welker run in Tuesday’s first Foothill League cross country meet of the season at Central Park. From left, Saugus’ Ryan Tate and West Ranch’s Ryan Painter and Tucker Welker run in Tuesday’s first Foothill League cross country meet of the season at Central Park.
From left, Saugus’ Ryan Tate and West Ranch’s Ryan Painter and Tucker Welker run in Tuesday’s first Foothill League cross country meet of the season at Central Park.
Saugus’ Mariah Castillo wins the first Foothill League girls cross country race of the year on Tuesday at Central Park. Saugus’ Mariah Castillo wins the first Foothill League girls cross country race of the year on Tuesday at Central Park.
Saugus’ Mariah Castillo wins the first Foothill League girls cross country race of the year on Tuesday at Central Park.
A A A

Tucker Welker and Ryan Painter remember when the West Ranch boys cross country team was happy with anything better than last place.

They were freshmen on the team back then.

It was those two, now juniors, who helped lift the team much higher than they ever imagined on Tuesday at Central Park when West Ranch edged out a shorthanded Saugus team to win the Foothill League’s opening meet.

The Wildcats won via a sixth-man tiebreaker after finishing in a dead heat in points with defending state champion Saugus, 46-46. It came down to West Ranch’s sixth runner, Joshua Tan, who came in 20th place and finished ahead of Saugus’ John Vierra in 22nd for the win.

The victory was a program first for West Ranch at a league meet in either girls or boys, and it came just two years after the Wildcats finished fifth in the final league standings.

“Going from (the bottom) of the league to first in league is, I don’t even know what to say,” said Welker, who was the team’s top finisher with a third-place time of 16 minutes, 6.53 seconds.

On the girls side, Saugus coasted to a victory over second-place West Ranch, with Centurions freshman Mariah Castillo picking up the individual victory in 18:37.59.

The individual boys winner was Saugus junior Ryan Tate, who was one of the team’s few regular varsity runners in action on Tuesday. He won with a time of 15:50.28 to beat Canyon’s Caleb McClain at 16:01.47.

But Saugus held out its top runner and defending league champion Brian Zabilski due to fatigue, and the team was also missing usual top five runners Jordan Serrano and Austin Fischer due to illness.

And while West Ranch was well aware of the situation, that didn’t stop them from celebrating becoming the first team to knock off the Saugus boys in a league meet since Golden Valley won the Foothill title in 2011.

“I think it’s definitely a morale booster because, yeah Zabilski and Serrano were out, but we still would have been close even with them in,” Painter said.

Painter ended up in fourth place (16:15.94) right behind Welker to help put five Wildcats runners in the top 16 individually.

“They buy in. The kids buy into what we’re doing,” said West Ranch head coach Steve Welker. “They believe the hard work will work.”

Golden Valley’s Jonathon Bay rounded out the top five individual finishers in 16:24.75.

Saugus head coach Rene Paragas said that in addition to missing many of the team’s usual leaders, he also urged his athletes to dial it back a notch on Tuesday as the team prepares to head to Minnesota to compete in the prestigious Roy Griak Invitational on Saturday.

“We’ve got to keep our focus at the end of the season and stay healthy,” Paragas said.

On the boys side, Valencia was third place with 81 points, followed by Hart in fourth (103), Canyon fifth (113) and Golden Valley sixth (117).

The Saugus girls team, however, was at full strength and it looked just fine with a convincing 24 points, compared to West Ranch’s runner-up 79.

The Canyon girls wound up in third place with 80 points, Golden Valley was fourth with 98, and Hart (117) and Valencia (120) rounded out the standings.

Castillo, at age 13, beat out teammate and senior Samantha Ortega, whose six-race win streak at Foothill meets came to an end with her second-place mark of 18:41.12.

“I’m really happy that I could run with these girls, especially Sam,” Castillo said. “It’s really amazing. I look up to her. She’s like a big sister to me.”

In third place was Valencia sophomore Kaylee Thompson in 18:50.18, following by Canyon’s Kyla Danforth in 18:51.06 and Saugus’ Sabrina Janes in 18:54.31.

All five of Saugus’ scoring runners finished in the top nine individually.

The interesting part of the day was the tight race between West Ranch, Canyon and Golden Valley, which were all fighting for the second place spot.

Golden Valley was without it’s No. 5 runner Crystal Orellana due to illness, which could end up as a big factor down the road.

TEAM RESULTS

BOYS

1. West Ranch - 46*

2. Saugus - 46

3. Valencia - 81

4. Hart - 103

5. Canyon - 113

6. Golden Valley - 117

*won tiebreaker

GIRLS

1. Saugus - 24

2. West Ranch - 79

3. Canyon - 80

4. Golden Valley - 98

5. Hart - 117

6. Valencia -120

INDIVIDUAL RESULTS

BOYS

1. Ryan Tate, Saugus, 15:50.28

2. Caleb McClain, Canyon, 16:01.47

3. Tucker Welker, West Ranch, 16:06.53

4. Ryan Painter, West Ranch, 16:15.94

5. Jonathon Bay, Golden Valley, 16:24.75

6. Tim Broggie, Saugus, 16:26.25

7. Jonathan Summer, Saugus, 16:28.15

8. Lucas Holtz, Valencia, 16:32.44

9. Timothy Sterkel, West Ranch, 16:41.66

10. Chris Ochoa, Saugus, 16:42.43

GIRLS

1. Mariah Castillo, Saugus, 18:37.59

2. Samantha Ortega, Saugus, 18:41.12

3. Kaylee Thompson, Valencia, 18:50.18

4. Kyla Danforth, Canyon, 18:51.06

5. Sabrina Janes, Saugus, 18:54.31

6. Marisa Magsarili, West Ranch, 18:58.50

7. Ashley Heys, Saugus, 19:03.81

8. Taylor Hernandez, West Ranch, 19:23.62

9. Darby LaPlant, Saugus, 19:31.47

10. Sydney Suarez, Saugus, 19:32.62

Comments

Most Popular Articles

There are no articles at this time.
Commenting not available.
Commenting is not available.

 
 

Powered By
Morris Technology
Please wait ...