Oakdale High School’s cross country team laced up their sneakers and ran in the University of Pacific Invitational Saturday night. The event featured over 800 runners total at Elkhorn Golf Course in Stockton over the weekend.
The varsity girls team turned in a very impressive outing. With 36 teams and nearly 300 runners in the five kilometer race, Oakdale finished eighth overall and one of their own set a school record in the process. Freshman Haleigh Humble finished the run in 18:27; placing second overall in the run. Her finish also turned out to be the fastest time in Oakdale High School history. Junior Kayden Legan took 13th overall in the race at 19:13, which was good enough to set the second fastest time in Oakdale High School history. Notable finishers from the race were Hannah Beth Norman (21:47), Paris Thompson (22:05) and Kendra Branch (22:21).
For the varsity boys, 47 teams competed on the day. Oakdale placed 13th overall as a team and senior Dustin Chavez ran a personal best 16:39. Chavez placed 19th overall in the five kilometer run.
“I am extremely pleased with Haleigh Humble, Kayden Legan and Dustin Chavez, all three ran personal bests and put themselves in good position to go very far this year,” said head coach Guy Fowler.
The Mustang varsity boys also had notable finishes by Tanner Cusano (17:26), Daniel Creekmore (18:15), Austin Bruner (18:26) and Brandon Martinez (19:05).
The junior varsity girls competed in a two mile run and placed fifth overall. Senior Taylor Aloisio placed 17th overall at 14:59. The junior varsity boys placed fourth overall behind Dean Dodge’s run of 11:55 and 19th place overall finish. The freshman and sophomore boys team placed 13th overall.
“The team performed very well after an extremely hard practice week. We now have to prepare for the VOL #2,” said Fowler.
The second race of the VOL campaign takes place at Legion Park in Modesto on Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 3:30 p.m.