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JV/frosh roundup: State meet venue brings out the best in DHS runners

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DHS junior Jeanne-Marie McPherson speeds past a Clovis North runner on her way to an individual victory in the JV race at the Clovis Invitational last weekend. Marjorie Britton/Courtesy photo

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From page B2 | October 16, 2013 |

The Davis High cross country program sent its top junior varsity girls, junior varsity boys and frosh/soph girls to compete at the Clovis Invitational on Saturday, with each having success.

The meet was held at Woodward Park in Fresno, the setting for the state cross country championships since 1987. Blue Devil coach Bill Gregg said the Clovis Invitational is a great chance to give frosh/soph and junior varsity runners the opportunity to compete in a high-level meet on the big-time course.

Rising to the occasion, DHS junior Jeanne-Marie McPherson ran perhaps her best race of the season, winning the JV girls competition in 19:35. She battled a Clovis North runner for much of the race, and pulled away in the final mile to beat a field of 238 athletes by nine seconds.

Elisa McIsaac was the next Devil finisher, crossing in ninth place (20:28), while Danielle Gantar was 19th (21:02) and Zoe Juanitas placed 24th (21:15).

The large contingent of Davis runners in the JV boys also ran extremely well. The trio of Ani Ramakrishnan (16:58), Kellen Browning (16:59) and Alex Arnheiter (17:03) ran most of the race together, eventually taking the 5-7 spots in a huge field of 340 runners. Each runner’s time was a personal best.

Daniel Rowen (23rd in 17:22) was followed by Matt Mayr and Andrew Leung in the Blue Devils’ top seven. Other local finishers were John Conant, Geo Kim, Cameron McCarty, Justin McGrew, John Britton and Zach Moffatt.

In a race that featured team scoring, the DHS frosh/soph girls had an outstanding day, capturing the title over 23 other squads from all over California. Leading the Devils to a win was a quartet of runners in the top 10 — Abigail Fisk came in fourth (20:05), Adria Lammers took fifth (20:11), Elise Chu was seventh (20:23) and Jasmine Casillas finished ninth (20:31) — among a field of 187 runners. Sarah Sherwin (18th in 21:02) and Hallie Lassister (88th, 22:43) were the final Davis racers.

DHS JV boys soccer

The Blue Devils found an excellent remedy for a relative goal-scoring drought: two games on the road in which they outscored their opponents, 15-0.

DHS’ Kyle Cuvelier began the 8-0 drubbing of Laguna Creek with a left-footed shot from outside the box.

Later, Matt Cheung crossed in a goal and Luis Coronado put a header past the keeper to make it 3-0 Devils. Just before halftime, captain Sebastian Gonzales — who had numerous assists — joined the onslaught by curving in a corner kick that no one touched.

After the break, standout defender Buddhika Rasnari scored his first goal of the season with an unstoppable penalty kick, then Ben Tang, Cheung and Chris Marelich tallied on long runs to round out the scoring.

In the 7-0 shellacking of Monterey Trail, Davis’ Bobby Scott got the scoring started when he banged in a corner kick. Ricky Gonzales, Jay Kraft, Cheung, Coronado and Cuvelier also found the net for the locals.

Matt Rowen, Dan Shuman and Ryan Strong bolstered the Blue Devil defense while Ethan Hessl and Sammy Walker each had several assists.

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