Host Monache won both boys, girls races at Randy Quiram Invitational

At an invitational that was predicted to have big implications on the rankings of several teams throughout the Central Valley, Monache High School cross country ran away with the championship sweep.

Competing in the Randy Quiram Invitational at Bartlett Park Thursday, the Marauders’ girls edged out Tulare Western 31-42 for the top spot while the boys held off rival Porterville 29-60.

“Great turnout,” MHS head coach Seth Ishida said. “Every division is very competitive this year so I think a lot of schools want to see how they can compete with Division III, and Division IV I believe Porterville’s a front runner. So I think a lot of school’s came here to match themselves up. And then of course we’re D1 so people want to match up.”

Out of 20 teams, Lindsay boys placed ninth with 272 points while Summit Charter (366) was 11th and Strathmore (376) 13th. In the girls’ race Lindsay (147) took fifth, Porterville (239) ninth and Strathmore (312) 14th in a field with 145 runners. 

GIRLS

On the two-mile course, Monache’s Aislin Taylor was the girls’ top finisher with a time of 12 minutes, nine seconds. Taylor beat out Tulare Western’s second-place Nadia Salcedo (12:31) by 22 seconds.

The Marauders Marina Barragan (12:45), Aryanna Guzman (13:00), Chanel Bradley (13:14) and Alexa Queenan (13:33) placed fifth, seventh, eighth and 10th, respectively. Lindsay’s Nancy Vasquez (12:55) took sixth. 

“I think our girls wanted to be a little better,” Ishida said. “They were good as a team, the scores better. We want to worry about our head-to-head matchup with Tulare Western. We’ve got a big streak on the line, an EYL streak, and that’s one of their goals. And then they’re D1 this year so they’re really worried about times. So we really need to be closer to 12 (minutes), everybody, in order to compete.”

As of Sept. 3, Monache girls are ranked sixth in Div. I but 13th in the overall Valley with Div. II Western ranked 11th overall. In Div. III, Lindsay is ranked third and 20th overall.

BOYS

Porterville, Monache and Lindsay made up the boys’ top four finishers but it was the Panthers’ Jorge Sanchez who came away the champion with a time of 10:22. He was followed shortly by MHS Adrian Martinez (10:27), MHS Isaiah Sotelo (10:41) and LHS Lionel Aguayo (10:44), respectively.

“I feel like (Porterville is) going to win the D4 championship so we want to hold our own in Division I,” Ishida said. “But we also want to prove something, that we can beat other division champions. That we can be Valley champions at any division.”

In the Valley rankings, Div. I Monache is ranked 22nd overall while Porterville is fifth in Div. IV.

Div. III Lindsay is unranked but head coach Joe Dixon said the team is doing well, especially Aguayo who has three top five finishes and set the school’s 2-mile record with 9:46.31 at an invitational in Dinuba on Aug. 21.

About the record, Aguayo said, “I was excited because of all the work I’ve been putting in.”

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