The Davis High underclassmen conquered steep hills and strong competition at Saturday’s Mt. SAC Cross Country Invitational, coming home with victories and many personal bests.
The meet, billed as the largest prep cross country gathering in the world with more than 25,000 runners, also features one of the most challenging courses the Blue Devil runners will encounter this season. All runners, regardless of age or division, run the same 2.93-mile course, a first for many of the DHS underclassmen.
For the local JV boys, Ani Ramakrishnan ran a smart race, starting off conservatively and moving his way up to the front as the race developed. He moved into first place with about 600 meters to go and never relinquished the lead, beating a field of 342 runners with a time of 16:36. Alex Arnheiter (16:55) and Matt Mayr (17:02) were close behind, taking fifth and ninth respectively, as the Devils took third in the team standings. John Conant (17:54), Justin McGrew (17:56), Andrew Leung (17:58) and Geo Kim (18:01) packed well to complete the Davis contingent.
Next up were the JV girls, who raced to first place in a field of 18 teams. The Blue Devil trio of Claire Dicker (20:09), Elisa McIsaac (20:13) and Danielle Gantar (20:14) ran together and finished 3-4-5. Zoe Juanitas was the next DHS finisher, coming in at 21:26 for 21st, Emily Lufburrow (21:58) finished out the scoring with her 31st-place finish, while Robyn Fields and Siena Cox also ran well.
The DHS sophomore girls also showed their strength, winning their race behind the front-running efforts of Adria Lammers, who placed second in 20:26. Jasmine Casillas (20:59) and Elise Chu (21:12) were close behind, taking fifth and sixth, with Jodie Stroeve (22:23) and Sarah Sherwin (22:24) running together to finish in 19th and 20th places to help cement the Devil victory. Julia Zabala and Annie Zheng completed the top seven.
Davis’ frosh girls were led by Abigail Fisk (20:01) and Hallie Lassiter (20:20) in third and fourth place, and Meghan Bobrowsky (23:08), Arielle Fletter (24:56) and Annabelle Zhou (25:08) were next across to help the locals finish sixth. Emily Talbert and Anna Young also performed well.
Kellen Browning was the top Blue Devil finisher in the sophomore boys race, finishing 12th in 17:07. Andrew Amen (19:05), Brendan Deas (19:06) and Ryan Nishikawa (19:07) packed together for the next wave of DHS runners, and Aidan Cox (19:35) completed the scoring. Jacob Comingore and Eric Smith completed the top seven for a Devil squad that took seventh.
The frosh boys did not field a full team, but were led by the strong running of Jackson Laird, who was fifth in 17:48. Fox Conner (18:55), Nicholas Leacox (19:32) and Jack Williams (22:15) were the other Davis frosh competitors.
DHS JV boys soccer
The Blue Devils made up for the only blemish on their Delta Valley Conference record — a tie with Grant earlier this season — by beating the Pacers, 1-0, on Oct. 22.
DHS started strong as Buddhika Ratnasiri took a fine pass from Jay Kraft to assist Ethan Hessl, who boomed in the game’s only goal.
Sebastian Gonzales, Kyle Cuvelier and Dan Shuman managed the midfield, while Matt Rowen, Chris Marelich and Alex Dhond were defensive standouts in the victory.
Also last week, the Devils cruised past Laguna Creek, 6-0.
Matteo Sorrentino opened the scoring just one minute into the match, then Ryan Strong converted on a long run to make it 2-0 at intermission.
In the second half, Matt Hill snuck a penalty shot by the Cardinal goalkeeper, and Thomas Lloyd made it 4-0 with his first goal of the season.
Matt Cheung added two late goals to end the Davis onslaught, and Davis netminder Conner Judd made sure the highlights weren’t all offensive, stopping a Laguna Creek penalty kick.