Young Trojan distance runners coming of age
Published: Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 3:40 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 3:40 p.m.
The young Petaluma High School cross country team is growing up fast.
With a sophomore-dominated roster, the Trojans posted victories in pair of Sonoma County League dual meets with their eyes on focused on hitting their stride in the SCL Meet at Spring Lake Park in Santa Rosa on Nov. 9.
Sophomore Madison Parratt led the PHS girls’ varsity to wins over Healdsburg and El Molino in dual meets at Helen Putnam Park in Petaluma and Riverfront Park in Windsor while, Casey Kramer, a senior, topped Trojans runners in the boys varsity meet.
He paced Petaluma to a dominating 1-2-3-4-5-6 finish against Healdsburg on the Trojans’ 3.1-mile home course.
Following Kramer (19:50) across the finish line at Putnam Park were sophomore Edden Yashar (20:35), junior Lucas De Jong (20:53), sophomore Dean Douglas (21:00), junior Chris Odetto (21:01) and senior Tillman Schmid (21:03).
In the girls’ varsity race at Putnam, Parratt’s time of 23:08 topped the field. Petaluma runners Jessica O’Hanlon (24:51), a junior, and sophomores Shyla Barry (26:58), Alison Roper (27:19), Nora Lindsay (27:43) and Alexis Kramer (28:53) placed third, fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth, respectively.
Against El Molino in Windsor, Kramer’s time of 16:27 was the fastest in the field on the 3.0 mile course. Yashar, Douglas, Schmid, Ty Pearson, De Long, Brock Albee and De Jong finished fourth through 10th.
Parratt clocked a time of 20:25 to win the girls’ varsity race, edging her teammate O’Hanlon. Lindsay, Roper, Barry and Kramer – all sophomores – followed them across the finish line in fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh place, respectively.
In the junior varsity races, junior Jad Shaheen led PHS sophomores Trygue James and Dakota Tomas, freshman P.J. Lynch and sophomore Charlie Grant to an impressive 1-2-3-4-5 Trojans’ finish, while freshman Whitney Boyd of Petaluma was the JV girls race winner. Teammates Lynsee Witham and Danielle Devincenzi placed fourth and fifth for PHS.
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