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Cross Country Runs Under The Lights
Senior Dustin Chavez of Oakdale placed 12th in 13:36.9m helping his varsity boys team place 10th out of 20 scoring teams at the Saturday night Invitational meet. Photo Courtesy Of StanCo Distance
Haleigh Humble, a freshman in her first high school race, ran a 15:11.3 over the 4K course to place third and lead the Mustang ladies to a second place finish in the Kim Duyst Twilight Invitational. Photo Courtesy Of StanCo Distance

Saturday night, Sept. 8 the Oakdale Mustangs cross country team hit the road for the Kim Duyst Twilight Invitational. The meet took place at River Oaks Golf Course in Ceres where the Mustang teams found success.

“This was a new experience for us, running at night under the lights; we have never done that before,” Head coach Guy Fowler said of the unique venue.

For the varsity girls it was a second place team finish, with 20 teams participating. Freshman Haleigh Humble placed third overall in the four kilometer race. The speedy freshman finished the race with a time of 15:11. Placing seventh overall was junior Kayden Legan, who finished the race at 15:44. Another standout freshman was Hannah Beth Norman, who placed 23rd overall with a time of 17:02.

“Haleigh Humble was a real surprise and raced extremely well for her first high school competition,” noted Fowler.

For the boys, it was a 10th place team finish with 20 teams running. Senior Dustin Chavez took 12th overall with a time of 13:36. Sophomore Tanner Cusano earned a 17th place finish at 13:53 and freshman Simon Appel was five seconds behind Cusano to place 24th overall.

“Dustin Chavez keeps improving every week,” Fowler said.

Oakdale now turns its attention to the Valley Oak League, as they will have the VOL#1 race at Tracy on Wednesday, Sept. 12. The meet is scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m. at Eagal Lakes.

“We are set up for a good run in the Valley Oak League,” added Fowler.