November 26, 2011
Garcia; Vista del Lago place second at state cross country finals

Oakmont junior Karlie Garcia lost by one second to defending champion Carrie Verdon of Campolindo of Moraga in today's Division III girls race at the CIF State Cross Country Championships in Fresno.

Verdon, a senior, needed a late kick to overtake Garcia in a winning time of 17 minutes 19 seconds over the 5,000-meter Woodward Park course. Garcia, the Sac-Joaquin Section champion, finished at 17:20.

Vista del Lago finished second in D-III team results to Palos Verdes, 142 to 103. Junior Madeleine Ankhelyi placed third in 17:34 and sophomore Clare Carroll was seventh in 17:56 to lead the Eagles.

In other highlights:

• St. Francis placed fourth in the Division I girls race. Freshman Miranda Myers (18:37) led the way for the Troubadours by placing 23rd.

• Del Campo finished fifth in the Division II boys race. Junior Sean Jagerson (15:44) led the Cougars by finishing 19th.

• Del Oro junior Trevor Stephens (15:42) finished 10th in the D-III boys race.

• Victory Christian freshman Neilson Powless (16:11) finished 12th in the boys D-V race.

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