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Local cross country runners, teams headed to Section meet
Turlock cross country
Turlock High’s Julian Hernandez finished 37th overall in the Division I boys Sac-Joaquin Sub-Section meet, helping the Bulldogs to a ninth-place team finish and a berth in Friday’s Sac-Joaquin Section meet in Folsom (Photo contributed by THS).

The Turlock, Pitman and Hilmar boys cross country teams qualified for Saturday’s Sac-Joaquin Section meet at Folsom’s Willow Hill.

The Hilmar girls also qualified as a team, while Turlock and Pitman, as well as Turlock Christian qualified individual runners.

The top 10 teams at last week’s Sac-Joaquin Sub-Section meet in Angels Camp will move on to Willow Hill. The top 10 runners who were not on one of those 10 teams, earned a berth to the section meet.

Cross country powerhouse Jesuit (Carmichael) won the Division I boys meet with a score of 73 points. Turlock finished ninth with 254 points and advanced as a team for the first time in more than a decade.

Julian Hernandez led the way for the Bulldogs, finishing the three-mile course in 16 minutes, 49.2 seconds. Behniya Esmaeilabadi also broke the 17-minute barrier for THS, crossing the finish line in 16:59.0.

Turlock’s girls advanced two runners individually with senior Ariana Hurtado (21:16.4) and junior Jayden Jimenez (21:51.1) moving on.

In Division II, Pitman’s boys also finished ninth, tied with Merced at 287 points — just three points ahead of 11th place Lodi. Whitney (Rocklin) won the D-II team battle with 48 points.

Diego Cisneros led the Pride with a time of 16:35.5.

Pitman’s girls qualified two individuals, with senior Maci Day taking 14th overall with a time of 18:59.5. Sophomore teammate Adelyne Persons advanced with her clocking of 20:21.3.

In Division IV, Hilmar’s boys finished 10th, just four points ahead of 11th place Summerville. The Yellowjackets were led by sophomore Jeffrey Mendonca (16:38.7).

Hilmar’s girls finished seventh as team, with freshman Sidney Logsdon (19:56.3) leading the way.

In Division V girls, Turlock Christian’s senior Vieira McClendon (36) 25:12.7 advanced.