Great Oak’s cross-country program makes quick work of Big Ditch Classic

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Great Oak’s junior and senior cross-country team run at the Big Ditch Classic at Arroyo Grande High School, Aug. 30-31. Courtesy photo

The Great Oak High School cross-country program is back at it as the new school year gets underway. Despite losing a great deal of well-known seniors in the graduating class of 2018, this year’s crop of underclassmen, as well as the returning juniors and seniors, don’t seem to be missing a beat.

Last weekend, at Arroyo Grande High School, the entire program got off to a great start. Six Great Oak girls placed in the top 10 for the frosh 4,000-meter race and 12th overall in the top 35. Three Great Oak boys placed in the top five for their frosh 4,000-meter race and seventh in the Top 10. Nine of the top 10 boys in the junior and senior 4,000-meter race were from Great Oak, and in the junior and senior girls’ 4,000-meter race, seven of the top 10 were Wolfpack runners.

The results of the Big Ditch Classic for the Great Oak runners were as follows:

Frosh 4,000-meter race: Aishling Fabian (9) – 2nd (14:43.55), Kelli Gaffney (9) – 3rd (14:45.89), Melinda Dang (9) – 4th (14:46.92). Rounding out the top 10: Divine Torza (10) – 14:58.49, Ainslee Robbins (10) – 15:02.33, Joelle Upshur (9) – 15:06.05.

Frosh boys 4000-meter race: Carson Smith (10) – 1st (12:47.58), Cameron Smith (10) – 2nd (12:48.99), Brandon Wilk (10) – 5th (12:56.99). Rounding out the top 10: David Kankowski (9) – 6th (13:01.39), Jaxon Kaeller (10) – 7th (13:02.14), Nathan Lennox (9) – 10th (13:11.77). Total time: 1:04:38 – Average 12:55.42.

Junior and Senior boys 4000-meter race: Cole Sawires Yager – (12) – 1st (12:05.92), Aric Reza (12) – (12) – 2nd (12:07.89), Chris Verdugo (12) – 3rd (12:15.30). Total time – 1:01.06 – Average 12:13.04.

Junior and Senior girls 4000-meter race: Tori Gaitan (12) – 1st (14:16.27), Brianna Weidler (11) – 3rd (14:54.80), Aubrie Nex (12) – 4th (14:58.83), Lauren Buckley (11) – 5th (15:11.80).

JP Raineri can be reached by email at sports@reedermedia.com.