Piedmont cross country shines at Capital Cross Challenge

2019 Cross Country: Front row (l-r) - Alex Aubrecht, Sofia Zalewski, Molly McWeeny, Ellie Black, Aya Troyer, Mara Lovric, Parker Morrell, Valerie Xiong Back Row (l-r) - Parker Long, Edward Marcus, Rowen Connelly (sunglasses), Cooper Downing, Alex Ware, Seamus Chamberlin-Carr, Collin Mortimer, Maggie Black, Julia Caputo, Max Podell, Adri McAuliffe

The Highlander cross country teams had another stellar weekend, with the girls finishing fourth and the boys 21st at the Capital Cross Challenge on September 28 in Sacramento.

Running on the Arcade Creek Golf Course, Sophia Zalewski took fourth place in the unseeded girls race. Zalewski finished the 5,000-meter course in 18 minutes, 44.4 seconds. Abigail Fletcher of Oak Ridge-El Dorado Hills won the race in 18:25.8.

Girls pack with Sofia Zalewski (center) and Maggie Black (left)

Maggie Black finished 15th overall for Piedmont in 19:36.4. Aya Troyer was 27th in 20:11.9. Ellie Black was 30th in 20:14.3, and Adri McAuliffe completed the Highlanders scorers by finishing 33rd in 20:14.7.

Piedmont finished with 104 points, just behind winner Davis, which had 104.

Coach Jeanine Holmlund, Aya Troyer, Adri McAuliffe, Maggie Black, Sofia Zalewski, Molly McWeeny, Ellie Black, and Mara Lovric

“Aya Troyer, Adri McAuliffe, Ellie Black, and Mara Lovric did an excellent job of running together as a pack for the majority of the race, perpetuating our purple train tradition,” Piedmont coach Jeanine Holmlund said.

In the boys race, Seamus Chamberlain-Carr led the way for Piedmont by finishing 73rd in 17:27.5. Rowen Connelly was 109th in 17:50.6. The Highlanders scored 585 points.

Boys pack with Seamus Chamberlain-Carr third from right in foreground

Other Piedmont scorers were Cooper Downing (141st, 18:07.5), Max Podell (153rd, 18:21.8), and Parker Long (200th, 19:05.5).

Coach Jeanine Holmlund, Max Podell, Parker Long, Jack Zirklebach-Ngai, Rowen Connelly, and Alex Weekes

Cristian Martinez of Liberty Ranch-Galt was the individual winner in 15:42.0. Acalanes won the team competition with 107 points.

The team’s next meet is on October 12 at Woodward Park in Fresno.

Photos by Steve Zirklebach

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