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Jaguars win CIF cross-country title



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The Jags concluded a successful season with a 7th CIF title. File photo
December 06, 2013
The Valley Center varsity cross-country teams wrapped up another outstanding season this week after the boys won the CIF championship, the seventh CIF cross-country team title in the school's short history.

The Jaguars won the title behind another strong performance from Bannon Greer, who won the CIF individual championship by taking first place in the race at Morely Field on Nov. 23. Greer ran the course in 16:32 to take the win and lead his team to the championship.

Also for the boys, Fernando Ramirez finished fifth (17:06) and Rod Rodriguez was sixth (17:11) to earn First Team All- CIF honors for finishing in the top ten, while Austin Reser took 12th (17:41), AJ Monzon was 15th (17:56), Tyler Appolito was 16th (18:16) and Thomas Stehly was 23rd (18:34) out of 116 runners.

For the Lady Jaguars, April Lackpour was the lead runner in finishing tenth (18:02) in helping her team take third place overall with the team's fastest CIF time since 2008, while Helen Lopez finished 12th (18:06), Delaney Cummings was 19th (18:42), Riley McCarrick was 20th (18:51), Danielle Pettit was 31st (19:33), Reese Henderson was 32nd (19:33) and Hailie Santana was 48th (20:32) out of 97 runners.

This past Saturday, the Jaguars competed in the CIF state meet in Fresno, where Greer led the team by taking ninth place overall, joining VCHS graduates Gus Polito and Alex Avilez as the only Jags to earn First Team All- State honors.

Also for the Jaguars, Rod Rodriguez had a great race finishing in 29th place, Fernando Ramirez finished in 72nd, and both Austin Reser and AJ Monzon stepped it up finishing in 76th and 78th place, respectively, to help the Jaguars finish sixth of 23 teams.

The Lady Jags finished 20th of 24 teams, with April Lackpour leading the way and Delaney Cummings, Helen Lopez, and Riley McCarrick all finishing within ten seconds of Lackpour.

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