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Locals compete at CIF State Cross-Country championships

Eight Northern Section teams and several individuals competed in the CIF State Cross-Country Championships in Fresno on Saturday

Redding Christian’s Isaiah Van Denend approaches the finish line at the CIF State Cross-Country Championships in Fresno on Saturday. (Contributed photo)

Eight Northern Section teams and several individuals competed in the CIF State Cross-Country Championships at Woodward Park in Fresno on Saturday, highlighted by the Foothill Girls, which placed eighth in Division III, and the Chico Boys, which placed seventh in Division III.  Each team was led by a top ten finisher, Foothill’s Payton Osborne was eighth  in D-III in 18 minutes, 39 seconds and Chico’s Charlie Gianini was sixth in D-III in a time of 15:34.

There were no Shasta County athletes in the D-III boys race (all qualifiers were from Chico and Pleasant Valley).  The rest of the D-III girls were the other Foothill runners, Grace Dudley 19:44 (63rd), Rize Oliviera 20:03 (94th), Mason Baseley 20:04 (97th), Morgan Baseley 20:05 (98th), Emma Flynn 21:03 (144th) and Natalie Bader 21:26 (160th).  All individual qualifiers were from Chico.

In D-IV, U-Prep qualified teams for both boys and girls. The U-Prep boys finished 20th. Justin Matties was the top finisher for U-Prep and for the Northern Section in D-IV, placing 36th in 16:30.  Jacob Garret (17:04) and Nick Torres (17:05) placed 84th and 87th for Enterprise, while Gideon New (143rd in 17:45) and Connor Davainis (144th in 17:45), Jacob Matties (180th in 18:29), Isaiah Feaver (182nd in 18:33), Andrew Wise (186th in 18:38) completed the U-Prep team.  It is worth noting, despite them not being Shasta County athletes that Patrick Roehling and Gabriel Price of Paradise were able to compete despite the Camp Fire, and qualified in a special running of the Section course.  They placed 109th and 121st respectively at State.

In D-IV girls, U-Prep finished 17th as a team.  Grace Gaddy was their top finisher, placing 59th in 19:40.  Rounding out the U-Prep team was Hannah Cusworth (77th 20:02), Serena Tate (84th 20:11), Nivea Burwell (200th 24:46), and Shay Little (201st 24:51).  Caroline Forseth from Enterprise finished 135th in 21:05, and Kendall Moxness of Central Valley finished 161st in 21:59 as individual qualifiers from Shasta County.

In D-V, Mount Shasta was the boys team, and Durham was the girls team.  The only individual boy from Shasta County to qualify was Isaiah Van Denend of Redding Christian, who ran cross-country while also playing quarterback for the Lions’ semifinal football team.  He placed seventh at the section finals in D-V, and placed 171st in 19:03 at State.  There were no Shasta County girls in D-V, but Trinity’s Lauren Harper — who is headed to San Diego State — finished 28th in 19:48.

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Wil Keepers is a teacher, coach, and writer, who now teaches Science and coaches Track and Cross-Country at Fall River High School. He has 18 years of experience as a teacher, 12 years experience as a cross-country coach, nine years experience as a track coach, and six years coaching middle school basketball. He began writing four years ago and in August 2018 began writing for Shasta County Sports. He has been married for 21 years, and has three daughters

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