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VOL Meet Takes Over Legion Park
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Valley Oak League runners invaded Modesto’s Legion Park on Tuesday, Sept. 15 for the VOL #1 Meet. The meet featured all eight VOL cross country teams, from frosh to varsity. Although no individual results were kept, Oakdale brought a strong presence to the meet.

Three miles was the task at hand for the Lady Mustang varsity girls. Kristin Aguilar anchored the team with her 22:04 finish. Kyannah Hernandez (22:23), Ruby Houchens (24:42) and Piper Collins (24:52) rounded out the Lady Mustangs team, who finished with a 4-3 overall record on the day.

Oakdale’s junior varsity Lady Mustangs also ran three miles on the day. Vivian Elizondo finished first, with a 25:52 time. Next were Laci Blount (26:51), Lynda Stetson (27:23) and Jackie Cerda, who finished the night with a time of 28:46. The junior varsity girls compiled a mark of 5-2. The frosh/sophomore team ran two miles and finished with a 5-2 record overall. Taylor Alorsio led the pack with a 15:27 time. Teammate Kaitlyn Dickson was just behind her as she finished with a 15:29 run. Dahlia Flores (16:05) and Alyssa Beltran (16:52) capped off the team’s efforts.

The varsity boys finished with a 5-2 record overall. Justin Crescenti led the way for the Mustangs as he finished his three-mile run with a 17:55 time. Following Crescenti were three other Mustangs who were separated by less than 25 seconds. Daniel Prado (18:13), Cade Middaugh (18:15) and James Forkner (18:35) all competed on the varsity team and turned in impressive times.

Garrett Ruthman and the junior varsity boys posted a 5-2 record for Oakdale during the meet. Ruthman (21:08) finished first. Andrew Howard (21:44), Diego Gonzalez (22:12) and Felix Luu (22:55) rounded off the team’s three mile times.

Running the two mile course for the frosh/soph boys was John Foreman (12:47), Cody Golding (13:07), Alexander Trujillo (13:11) and Colton Nevin (13:16). They finished with a 5-2 record against the rest of the VOL.

“The team performed extremely well. We are such a young team with many sophomores running up on the varsity, they are learning a lot as the season moves on. These teams are going to just keep on getting better,” said Coach Guy Fowler.