Conner detours during wire-to-wire ‘Super Septo’ race win at Spring Lake
Dragon gridders play in Saturday matinee at Tam
Junior Jonny Amandoli (No. 83) zeroes in on a sack during the Dragons’ season-opening victory over nonleague Terra Linda last Friday night at Arnold Field. The Sonoma gridders travel to Mill Valley to battle Tamalpais tomorrow, Saturday, Sept. 17.
On the heels of his 2.7-mile Maxwell Farms Regional Park course record-shattering run last week in winning Sonoma Valley High School’s annual cross country season-opening Alumni Meet, senior standout Alex Conner broke Sonoma’s school record for the 3.05-mile Spring Lake course on Wednesday despite a detour.
Competing in the eight-school – Sonoma, Santa Rosa, Montgomery, Sonoma Academy, Windsor, Analy, Rancho Cotate and Elsie Allen – “Super Septo” race, Conner built up an early lead before making a wrong turn which cost him at least 10 seconds.
But Conner got back on course and finished off an impressive wire-to-wire victory in a school-record time of 15 minutes, 47 seconds, which eclipsed his brother Niko Conner’s previous record time of 16:25 by nearly 40 seconds.
Also pacing the varsity Dragon boys were senior Steven Wedell’s 11th-place in 17:29; junior Liam Casey’s 37th in 19:25; sophomore Keegan Ginter’s 38th in 19:26; junior A.J. Lemaire’s 39th in 19:37; junior Greg Maggioncalda’s 40th in 19:37; and junior Peter Gray’s 41st in 20:02.
The Lady Dragons were paced by junior Hannah Cenci’s 13th in 20:10; junior Gianna Biaggi’s 16th in 21:19; junior Serena Spry’s 18th in 21:29; freshman Hanna Lemaire’s 19th in 21:43; and junior Laura Amador’s 22nd in 22:06.
Pacing the Dragon junior varsity boys were sophomore Christian Martinez’s first-place in 18:27; sophomore Trey Garcia’s 46th in 21:56; freshman Return Bongiovanni’s 76th in 23:59; and senior Taylor Patterson’s 95th in 25:43.
After a stirring come-from-behind season-opening victory, the Sonoma Valley High School varsity football boys, who edged visiting Terra Linda 21-17 last Friday night at Arnold Field, will face another nonleague Marin County foe when they travel to Mill Valley to battle Tamalpais tomorrow, Saturday, Sept. 17 – the junior varsity game starts at 11:30 a.m., and the varsity plays at 2 p.m.
The Dragons return home to host nonleague American Canyon next Friday, Sept. 23, at Arnold Field, with the jayvees beginning at 5 and the varsity playing at 7:30 p.m.