For the second consecutive season, Patterson senior Nathan Stanton took first place in the event, finishing the three-mile varsity course with a personal-best time of 16 minutes, 23 seconds.
Last year, Stanton became the first Tiger runner to win a cross country race outside of a regular-season dual meet competition, completing the arduous trek with a time of 16:49.
"Nathan is really focused and he's been running all summer, putting in extra work," said Patterson coach Joe Aguilar. "I really believe that he is on stride to place in the top two at the Sac-Joaquin subsection and championship meets, and also advance to the California Interscholastic Federation state meet."
More than 1,000 athletes from 37 schools ran in the region’s largest invitational.
The Patterson varsity boys were fifth in the small-schools division, setting numerous personal-best times at Modesto. Patterson junior Antonio Venegas finished 13th with a time of 18:03, while classmate Dylan Halland placed 27th for the boys' contingent in 19:35.
Rounding out the boys team were Jose Jaramillo (21:02) and Seth Dalmar (23:44).
The Patterson sophomore boys placed third as a team in the two-mile race.
Steven Halseth set the pace for Patterson with a sixth-place finish and a time of 11:23, followed by Sean Hicks (12:14), Ethan Schut (13:11), Arturo Navarro (13:32), Daniel Isquierdo (14:13) and John McCord (14:35).
In the freshmen boys competition on the two-mile course, Tomas Virgen (12:06) of Patterson finished eighth.
Patterson’s top varsity girls finisher was junior Lupe Ventura, in eighth place among 92 runners (20:56). Teammate Brenda Vargas (24:01) also garnered praise from Aguilar.
Lanaeya Banks (17:15) from Patterson was 42nd in the freshman girls competition.
"This event was a way for the runners to build their confidence," Aguilar said. "Every kid that we took to compete surpassed where I thought they would be at this point. I think that we are on the right track to where we want to be at the end of the season."
The Tigers will continue their season at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, when they travel to Central Valley High of Ceres.
Western Athletic Conference preseason meet
Patterson took to the starting line for its first league action during the WAC preseason meet Sept. 11 at River Bluff Regional Park in Ceres.
Patterson’s varsity team captured the top individual spots in the boys and girls races.
Stanton won the boys 3.4-mile race in 18:24, while Ventura was the top finisher in the girls race, completing the same course in 23:12.
Rounding out the top places for the Patterson boys, Venegas was third in 19:30, Halland was 11th in 21:34 and Halseth was 12th in 21:35.
Patterson’s next finishers in the girls race were Vargas in fifth place (25:52), Jenevy Esqueda in 11th place (27:01) and Stephanie Esqueda in 17th place (28:06).
Hicks won the junior varsity boys 1.8-mile race in 10:44. Teammate Virgen was third in 11:11 and Carlos Ponce was ninth in 11:38.
Banks was the fastest runner for the Patterson JV girls, finishing in fifth place (13:45).
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