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Mustangs Shine At Host Cluster Meet
10-19 OAK XC2
Mario Jimenez of Oakdale speeds down the course at Woodward Reservoir in action this past week. - photo by IKE DODSON/THE LEADER

Oakdale High’s young cross country program topped some solid teams at Woodward Reservoir during their host Valley Oak League cluster meet on Wednesday, Oct. 12.
The varsity boys rebounded from a rough first meet to claim a 4-3 record and even their league standing at 7-7. Erick Padilla (20 minutes, 14 seconds) and Mario Jimenez (20:22) finished 18th and 19th respectively on the 5-kilometer course.
The varsity girls finished 2-5 despite a valiant effort from Liz Erwin, who ended 16th overall with a 25:05 time. Alexandra Stogdell had a solid run at 27:40 as well.
The frosh-soph boys improved to 12-2 in league action after a 6-1 stanza Wednesday. Mike Chapin was sixth overall at 13:06 on the two-mile course.
The frosh-soph girls improved to 13-1 in the VOL after a 6-1 performance. Anna Ogden finished second overall with a 15:31 time.  Alexis Halsey (15:56) was third.
“We performed well today, but they still need to get over the hump that makes the difference between a good team and a competitive team,” Oakdale coach Guy Fowler said. “They are very close to achieving that.”