Update: Stanton, Ventura place first in WAC finales
by Marc Aceves | Patterson Irrigator
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CERES — For the first time, Patterson High’s varsity cross-country team captured the top individual spots in the boys and girls races in the Western Athletic Conference championship, Oct. 24 at River Bluff Regional Park.

“(Boys coach Joe Aguilar) and I both felt the whole day was very satisfying, and we fulfilled almost all our goals that we had set for the meet,” said Patterson girls coach Dave Klein.

Junior Nathan Stanton won the boys 3.1-mile race in 16 minutes, 26 seconds, leading the Tigers to a third-place team finish with 85 points.

“I knew the course today, so I was just trying to give it my all and set a pace,” Stanton said. “Running with my team, being with my team — that was also nice. We never gave up.”

Livingston High took the boys team title with 26 points, while Pacheco High of Los Banos finished second with 70 points.

Patterson High sophomore Lupe Ventura was the top finisher in the girls race, completing the 3.1-mile course in 21:09.

“I thought I would do good here, but I wasn’t really prepared for all of the success,” Ventura said. “Today was my biggest accomplishment as a runner.”

Los Banos High won the girls team championship with 49 points. Livingston finished second with 56 points, and Ceres High was third with 63. The Tiger girls finished fourth at the WAC meet with 135 points.

Stanton and Ventura both came away with all-league honors.

“I was thinking that I had a chance to win, but if I didn’t, that was OK,” Ventura said.

“The final goal of the season is to go to the state (cross-country) meet,” Stanton added.

For varsity runners, only the top three teams and no more than five individuals from the Sac-Joaquin Section meet will qualify for the California Interscholastic Federation Championships Nov. 24, at Woodward Park in Fresno.

Rounding out the top places for the Patterson boys, Ben Vega was 14th in 19:03, Antonio Venegas was 17th in 19:15, Jose Jaramillo was 36th in 20:39, Joey Howard was 57th in 23:18 and Christian Borba was 63rd in 24:24.

“I think our boys team ran with a lot of heart,” Klein said.

Patterson’s next finishers in the girls race were Jenevy Esqueda in 31st place (25:23), Gracie Bradley and Stephanie Esqueda in a tie for 33rd place (25:37), Carina Sotelo in 45th place (26:57) and America Nunez in 60th place (29:39).

“Considering the amount of inexperience, I think our girls team ran well, too,” Klein said.

Patterson took first in the final boys junior varsity standings, buoyed by the strength of five runners among the top-10 individual finishers.

Devin Burnett won the JV boys 2-mile race in 11:22 as Patterson claimed the team title with 25 points. Livingston finished second with 43 points, and Central Valley High of Ceres was third, 62.

“We were all family this year, and we got through everything as a team,” Burnett said. “Our coaches worked us really hard, but they never put us down.”

The JV Tigers also benefited from a strong performance by Dylan Halland, whose time of 11:44 was fast enough for second place.

“We took it meet by meet,” Halland said. “Everyone on the team got along really well.”

Patterson’s Carlos Ponce was seventh in 12:04, Sean Hicks was eighth in 12:05 and Dylan Christiansen was 10th in 12:08.

Patterson continues its season Saturday, Nov. 3, when the team travels to the Sac-Joaquin Subsection meet at Frogtown at the Calaveras County Fairgrounds in Angels Camp.

Contact Marc Aceves at 892-6187, ext. 28, or marc@pattersonirrigator.com.

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