Oakdale’s cross country teams competed at Eagal Lakes in Tracy this past week in the Valley Oak League (VOL) Cross Country Championship meet. The six Oakdale teams combined for four second place finishes, a fourth place finish by the junior varsity boys and a championship for the junior varsity girls.
Oakdale’s JV girls finished with a 24-4 record and senior Piper Collins finished her five kilometer run in third place overall (26:28). Her junior teammates Brooke Basore (27:03) finished fifth overall and Kaitlyn Dickson placed seventh overall (27:31).
The varsity girls finished 23-5 and earned second place honors in the VOL. Earning VOL honors were a pair of freshmen, Karina Prado and Kayden Legan. Prado finished second overall in the five kilometer run (20:27); while Legan placed seventh overall (21:43). Freshman Jazmin Martinez finished 13th overall (22:39).
Oakdale’s lone VOL honoree for the varsity boys was junior Daniel Prado, who solidified his selection when he finished in sixth place overall (17:44). Senior Justin Crescenti finished 12th (18:03) and junior James Forkner wasn’t too far behind in 15th (18:26).
The team’s future appears bright over the next several years as both the freshman/sophomore boys and girls teams placed second overall. Each of the teams competed in a 2.1-mile race with sophomore girl Taylor Aloisio finishing second overall for the girls (15:59). Fellow sophomore teammate Dahlia Flores finished fifth (16:58) and freshman Alisha Martinho placed 10th (17:43).
For the frosh/soph boys, a trio of freshmen helped propel the team to a second place finish. Antonio Pantoja finished fifth overall (14:10). Placing seventh was Hayden Hill (14:24) and in ninth place was Brandon Martinez (14:29).
Oakdale’s junior varsity boys had two top 10 finishers on the day as Arturo Verduzco placed ninth (21:49) and just a few seconds behind was 10th place finisher Diego Gonzalez (22:05).
“We had a great day on a tough course. The kids really ran their hearts out and the results showed it,” Coach Guy Fowler said. “This is the best overall finish for all the teams since I took over in 2009. The credit goes to the kids and their good work ethic.”
Oakdale will next compete in the 2016 CIF Sac-Joaquin Sub-Sections on Saturday, Nov. 5 at Frogtown in Angels Camp.