Thursday, April 24, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

Devils head to state meet with high hopes

1129jasparW

DHS senior Jaspar Laca runs in the section championships on Nov. 16. The Blue Devil boys and girls won titles that day and will compete in the state meet on Saturday. Wayne Tilcock/Enterprise file photo

By
From page B1 | November 29, 2013 | Leave Comment

What has literally been a banner year for the Davis High boys and girls cross country teams — both squads won Sac-Joaquin Section Division I championships on Nov. 16 — continues Saturday with the CIF State Championships at Woodward Park in Clovis.

At last year’s event, the Blue Devil girls were paced by then freshman Fiona O’Keeffe as they posted their best state-meet finish ever (fifth), while the DHS boys took 15th in California. This season, a pair of deep and talented squads are looking to do even better.

For the girls, O’Keeffe has had the opposite of a sophomore slump, winning her second straight individual section title in record-setting fashion (17:20 at Willow Hill). O’Keeffe has set several team and SJS marks this season, including at the Clovis Invitational last month.

At that race, which is held on the same Woodward Park Course as Saturday’s state meet, the Devil girls were second in the championship division, which featured 24 of the top schools in the state.

That day, Davis coach Bill Gregg told The Enterprise that “this was another important step toward the team’s end-of-season goals of capturing a Sac-Joaquin Section title and a top-three finish at the state championship.”

The locals accomplished the first goal in an epic head-to-head matchup against St. Francis two weeks ago. Contributions from freshman Sofia Castiglioni (third place in 18:18),  Giulia McIsaac (seventh in 19:12), Maggie McManis (10th in 19:25), senior Sophie Meads and Jeanne-Marie McPherson were key for the Blue Devils that day, and will be necessary for the locals to achieve their next goal of a top-three state meet finish.

For the DHS boys, a second consecutive SJS title was earned on Nov. 16 when all seven of their runners finished in the top 17.

The Devil crew saw Brian Song (third place in 16:09) and senior Jasper Laca (fourth in 16:18) among the leaders, with Ben Roberts (10th), Gavin Monges (13th), Charlie Harris (14th), Nick Borowsky (15th) and Blake Croft (17th) close behind.

While Gregg has stressed running as a pack as being a key to success for both Davis squads, there’s something extra that makes the local boys so happy running together:

“We spend so much time together running during the season and I can truly say these are my brothers,” Laca told The Enterprise after the section championship. “It’s just impossible to put into words how great it feels to win and to do it with this group of guys.”

Both Blue Devil teams hope to have that feeling again on Saturday.

The DHS girls will run in the D-I race at 8:30 a.m., while the boys D-I race starts at 9:40 a.m.

Enterprise staff

LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | No comments

The Davis Enterprise does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

.

News

 
4-H members get ready for Spring Show

By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Will city move forward on public power review?

By Dave Ryan | From Page: A1

Attorneys at odds over Woodland infant’s death

By Lauren Keene | From Page: A1

 
Obama to Russia: More sanctions are ‘teed up’

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2, 3 Comments

 
2 pursuits, 2 arrests keep Woodland officers busy

By Lauren Keene | From Page: A2

 
 
Youth sports in focus on radio program

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

 
Rummage sale will benefit preschool

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

Concert benefits South Korea exchange

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

 
Conference puts focus on Arab studies

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

Davis honors ‘green’ citizens

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

 
Water rate assistance bill advances

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

Program explores STEM careers for girls

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5, 5 Comments

 
Embroiderers plan a hands-on project

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

Central Park Gardens to host Volunteer Orientation Day

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5 | Gallery

 
Volkssporting Club plans North Davis walks

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

Hotel/conference center info meeting set

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

 
MOMS Club plans open house

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7

 
Cycle de Mayo benefits Center for Families

By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A8

Author to read ‘The Cat Who Chose to Dream’

By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A12

 
.

Forum

Things are turning sour

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: B5

 
The high cost of employment

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6, 1 Comment

High-five to Union Bank

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

 
Broken sprinklers waste water

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

Three more administrators?

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

 
Neustadt has experience for the job

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

Here’s a plan to save big on employee costs

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A6, 4 Comments

 
Davis is fair, thoughtful

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

Ortiz is the right choice for Yolo

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

 
Tom Meyer cartoon

By Debbie Davis | From Page: A6

.

Sports

DHS tracksters sweep another DVC meet

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Another DVC blowout for DHS girls soccer

By Evan Ream | From Page: B1, 2 Comments | Gallery

Young reinvents his game to help Aggies improve on the diamond

By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
DHS boys shuffle the deck to beat Cards

By Thomas Oide | From Page: B1 | Gallery

DHS/Franklin II is a close loss for Devil softballers

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

 
Baseball roundup: Giants slam Rockies in the 11th

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
UCD roundup: Aggies lose a softball game at Pacific

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B3

 
Jahn jumps to Sacramento Republic FC

By Evan Ream | From Page: B8

.

Features

.

Arts

Congressional art competition open to high school students

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

 
Emerson, Da Vinci to present ‘Once Upon a Mattress’

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

 
Winters Plein Air Festival begins Friday

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

 
Bach Soloists wrap up season on April 28

By Jeff Hudson | From Page: A11

 
.

Business

.

Obituaries

.

Comics

Comics: Thursday, April 24, 2014

By Creator | From Page: B6