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Prep cross country: Canyon’s SCV Invite attracts big field

Other Foothill schools race at Clovis Invitational

Posted: October 7, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: October 7, 2012 1:55 a.m.

It wasn’t quite the same field on hand this year at the 28th annual Santa Clarita Valley Cross Country Invitational, but that didn’t take much away from the event on Saturday at Castaic Lake.

A total of 47 teams and around 1,500 runners took part in the competition, which is hosted by Canyon High cross country every fall.

Teams from all around Southern California and beyond were in attendance, and it turned out to be a typical success for the host team.

“It’s a low key event for us,” said Canyon head coach Paul Broneer. “We tell kids to go out and run your own race and have fun, but they all want to go out there and win medals.”

Canyon was the only Foothill League team at the event, whereas in the past, Golden Valley and West Ranch have taken part.

Neither school was able to make it this year due to scheduling conflicts.

And on the girls side, the Cowboys did pull out a team victory, beating out Granada Hills by a single point to take the Division I girls varsity race.

Madison Hills was Canyon’s top finisher at third place overall in 19 minutes, 17 seconds followed by Valeria Soto’s fourth-place time of 19:19 and Shalyn Mabritto’s identical time just a shred later for fifth place.

The Canyon girls scored 39 points to win.

In boys varsity Division I, Canyon was running without two of its top runners, Zach Wims and Dylan Haerle, who both had prior commitments.

As a result, Canyon took fifth as a team with Joel Estrada’s 13th-place mark of 16:20 topping the list of Cowboy finishers.

Clovis Invitational

Golden Valley, West Ranch and Valencia took the opportunity to get an early peek at the Woodward Park cross country course in Fresno on Saturday at the Clovis Invitational.

It’s the same course that hosts the CIF State Championships in November.

“A lot of the athletes haven’t run that course and so I wanted to have them become used to that and get used to the whole protocol of going up there,” said Golden Valley head coach Marc Minasian.

As a team, the Grizzlies took fourth in the girls Division II varsity race and fifth in the boys race within the same division.

The best time recorded by a Foothill League girl on the day was posted by Golden Valley senior Chelsey Totten, who took third individually in 18:21. Golden Valley’s Nolan Del Valle had the best time among local boys runners, finishing in 15:33 for fourth place.

In the Division I races, West Ranch came in sixth as a team and was led by sophomore Marisa Magsarilli’s 18:31 time for seventh place.

Valencia’s Maddie Dignadice was right behind at 18:32 for eighth place, which helped the Vikings finish in eighth as a team.

On the boys side, the Wildcats were 12th in Division I and Valencia was 17th.

Tucker Welker (16:09, 25th) was West Ranch’s top finisher, and Alex Allevato (16:31, 45th) was Valencia’s.

All six Foothill teams will race in Thursday’s second Foothill League meet of the season at Central Park.



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