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COURTESY MATRY DUGARD
JSerra's girls team earned third place at the Iolani Invitational in Hawaii.

Cross country notes: JSerra brings home trophies from Hawaii trip

CONTRIBUTING WRITER

JSerra’s cross country program had good performances across the board at the Iolani Invitational in Hawaii over the weekend.

Freshman Anthony Grover posted the top overall time of 15 minutes, 21 seconds. He has placed in the top five in each of his three races, winning twice.

Peter Herold (15:49.2) and Noah Berrios (15:49.5) also delivered top-10 finishes for the Lions, who finished second behind Glacier Peak of Snohomish, Wash., 53-71.

Sophomore Nadia Tabrizi took third in 17:55 to help JSerra to a top-three finish on the girls side.

EL TORO BOYS SHOW A LOT OF HEART

El Toro’s boys team jumped from seventh to third in the county rankings after its dominating win in the boys rated race at the Woodbridge Invitational on Saturday.

Adrian Vargas, Xavier Smith, Caleb Dodd, Jason Leland and Gabe Aquino formed the scoring quintet for the Chargers, who finished ahead of runner-up Bloomington, 149-185.

The result did not surprise Chargers coach Ken Chai, who said he pushed the returners to work hard in the track season to make up for a big graduating class last year.

“I don’t think that anybody knew what we had, but I saw it every day,” Chai said. “I saw them working hard every day. They’ve got heart.”

FOOTHILL GIRLS MOVE UP

Foothill’s girls team was also rewarded for its strong showing in the rated division.

Led by Hannah Hall’s eighth-place finish, the Knights came in second behind distance power Great Oak’s “B” team, 163-168.

Following that showing, the Knights leapt from ninth to fourth in the county rankings.

Great Oak’s top unit placed second in the Bob Day’s Sweepstakes, demonstrating the program’s supreme depth.

HINES, LEONARD UPDATES

Mission Viejo’s Kelli Hines and Canyon’s Sara Leonard were among the big names missing from Saturday night’s action in the Woodbridge Invitational.

Diablos coach Chase Frazier said Hines has seen two doctors for a possible stress fracture in her right foot. She is not expected to return before the Clovis Invitational on Oct. 8.

Leonard battled an illness last week.

THIS WEEK IN O.C.

This week’s top events in the county are the Sunny Hills Wayne Walker Invitational on Friday and the Dana Hills Invitational on Saturday.


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