A strong Ramona girls team placed third in the Division 2 freshman and sophomore race at the Vaquero Stampede. It was the first cross-country race of the season for boys and girls teams. The top 25 in each race received a medal.
Sophomore Amy Brown placed second out of 110 runners in her race behind sophomore Carolinh Calvert of El Capitan High School with a time of 9:42 over the 1.65-mile course at Lindo Lakes in Lakeside. Her time was the 11th fastest overall time of the day out of 600 runners. It was also the third fastest on that course for any runner on Ramona’s girls team.
“I felt better at the end of the race than I did at the mile,” she said. “I have been working with my trainer at Brand X to build strength and improve my kick at the end of my races and it paid off today.”
Other medalists from that race include sophomore Michaela Meskell placing 20th with a time of 10:54, followed by freshman Jennifer Hull, 23rd, and sophomore Gracie Knowd, 24th, both with a time of 11:07.
The Ramona girls junior/senior race had two runners medal. Junior Alexa Waples placed 10th out of 93 runners with a time of 10:36. Waples battled with some hip pain but fought through it to earn her medal. Senior Madison Huckey placed 22nd with a time of 11:10.
The Ramona boys junior/senior team placed seventh out of 11 teams but was the first Division 3 team in their race. Junior Jack Clough placed ninth out of 132 runners with a time of 11:00 over the 2.15-mile race. Clough said he felt good about his pace through the first mile but battled toward the end of the race.
“I did not feel my best at the end,” he said.
Mitchell Sutter was the team’s other medalist, placing 24th with a time of 11:27.
Ramona was missing one of its top runners, Cameron Klein, who is out for a couple weeks with a broken toe.
Head coach Sherri Edwards was pleased with the results from the first race.
“This was an excellent first race,” she said. “Lots of PRs (personal records) and gutsy performances.”
Ramona will have two weeks to prepare for its next race on Friday, Sept. 12, at the Mustang Invitational at Rohr Park in Bonita.
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