The Turlock High girls cross country team ended its 2013 season with a first place finish in the Central California Conference championships at Applegate Park.
“Such a successful year all across the board,” Turlock head coach JoAnne Davison said. “What the kids did was execute a perfect race on a perfect day. The kids were mentally executing very well and they worked together as a group that’s what it’s all about.”
The final CCC meet of the year also saw the Turlock boys come in second, behind Merced High. Both the Pitman High girls and boys teams finished in fifth place, in their respective races.
Coming out with the best run of the day for the boys was Abel Aleman of Merced, with a time of 15:52. Aleman was one of three Merced representatives to finish top four in the boys division.
Pitman star Isaac Gonzalez finished second behind Aleman with a time of 16:13. Second best for the Pride was Vandon Weaver, as he came in 22nd place with a time of 17:54.
On the Turlock side, Rex Doo led the way with a 16:44 time to go with Erik Sousa’s 17:05, finishing sixth and ninth, respectively, out of 74 male athletes.
Leading the Pride girls was Nina Shahi, who placed in the top 15 with a time of 21:17. Erika Dwight was able to sneak into the top 20 spot with a time of 21:43.
“I feel like we did as well as we could. We had several injuries all year long,” Pitman head coach Sara Smith said.
The Lady Bulldogs were led by junior Makenzie Salyer, who placed third with a 20:06 time. Cassie Derdivanis notched a top 10 place finish with a time of 21:02.4.
All-League senior Isaac Gonzalez of Pitman will lead the Pride boys as he begins his quest for a state meet birth after a stellar performance at the CCC finals.
Sub-Sections will begin today at Calaveras for the Pride and Bulldogs, with a time yet to be announced.
"I would like to see Pitman do well because all the coaches in the CCC seem to have camaraderie,” Davison said. “We have great relationships and push each other to do well; I am not sure how other leagues are, but that’s how we are. We won't know the outcome until the end of tomorrow because I feel we have the disadvantage running in the foothills; we're not used to that. We will see if everyone can work together.”