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Colusa hosts first BVL cross country meet
The Huskies varsity boys cross country team trailed Colusa in every Butte View League meet last season before shocking the RedHawks at the league championship meet to win the title.
Sutter didn't lose a single runner from that team and got off to a strong start to the season, winning the league opener last week in Wheatland and cruised to a 19-point win Wednesday in Colusa.
The RedHawks fell short last season in their bid to win the school's first-ever league title and they lost two sub-18 minute runners, Ross Cervantes and Luke Corriea, to graduation.
Junior Christian Marzan stepped up and finished fifth with a time of 18:20 after passing teammate Felipe Granados late in the race. Granados finished sixth, 15 seconds behind Marzan.
Alan Iniguez (19:27, 13th), Zachary Vaillancourt (19:46, 17th) and Sal Valencia (20:03, 19th) rounded out the RedHawks top five.
Williams also sent runners to the meet as a non-league entrant. Jesus Hernandez was the Yellowjackets top performer in the varsity boys race, finishing 14th (19:31).
Freshman Juan Aceves (20:03, 18th), Ramiro Navarro (20:08, 21st), Alonso Navarro (20:10, 22nd) and Rafael Gomez (21:32, 33rd) gave the Mid-Valley League Yellowjackets a solid team finish.
Colusa sophomore Mollie Townzen took third place (21:11) in the second varsity race of her career. Townzen was on the RedHawks junior varsity volleyball team last season but had to sit out with an injury. She switched sports this year and joined her father Darren Townzen, who is the team's assistant coach.
Townzen's sister, Paige, was an all-league performer as a senior last season and has been texting advice throughout the season while attending college at Biola University.
"I played basketball all summer so I was already in decent shape, I ran JV the first two races and I won so (head coach Matt Giffin) told me I had to run varsity," Townzen said.
Rylee Coder led the Williams varsity girls' contingent with a 10th place finish (25:36) and Luz Rios came in 22nd (28:22).
Colusa's Adrianna Abele took second in the JV girls race with a time of 16:57 and the RedHawks other two runners finished in the top five, Nadine Ahola (17:52, 2nd), Brook Gallagher (18:38, 4th).
Williams' Ingrid Rodriguez led the Yellowjackets with a seventh-place finish with a time of 19:11, and Yulissa Alcala (19:16, 9th) and Rachael Wilson (20:00, 10th) finished in the top 10.
Alec Schantz led the Colusa JV boys team with a sixth-place run in 14:53.
Durham's Damon Young pulled ahead early in the varsity boys race and flew over the course in 16:50.
Huskies junior Alec Bell finished second with a time of 17 minutes, 59 seconds over the 3.1 mile course. He passed teammate Diego Montes late in the race but Montes maintained hold of third place, finishing 15 seconds behind Bell.
"We won't compete with (Young), but we'll probably get Durham just on our numbers and our depth," first-year Sutter coach Bob McNeil said.
Tyler Eck (7th), Trenton Ferrera (11th) and Cody Collosi (15th) rounded out the Huskies top five for a team score of 41 points, well ahead of Durham and Colusa, which tied at 60 points for second place.
Trojan's senior Madison Schell won the varsity girls race with a time of 20:49 and her teammate, freshman Ellie Coffee took second.
On the strength of Schell and Coffee's one-two punch, Durham scored 50 points, beating Sutter's 51. Huskies runners Katie Woodward (6th), Taylor Ford (7th), Cyndi Graziano (12th), Hannah Patrick (13th) and Sarah Trujillo (15th) all finished ahead of Durham's fourth and fifth runners.
Gridley's Cooper Roberts won the JV boys race with a 11:39 lap of the 2.2-mile course.
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