Sonoma girl runners triumph, boys tripped, water polo teams drift
Sonoma’s cross country girls (right), who beat visiting Petaluma on Wednesday, begin a recent race at the Maxwell Farms Regional Park course.
On the heels of being edged into a third-place, tri-meet finish to open their Sonoma County League season last week, the Sonoma Valley High School cross country girls rose to the occasion in Wednesday’s SCL dual-meet with Petaluma and earned, by the smallest of margins, a 27-28 victory.
As for the cross country Dragon varsity boys – who beat Analy, but fell to Piner in the same SCL-opening tri-meet in Sebastopol the week before – they fell short in their dual-meet with Petaluma by a 23-33 final on the Maxwell Farms Regional Park 2.7-mile course.
Leading the triumphant Lady Dragons were senior Hannah Cenci’s second-place finish in 18 minutes, 21 seconds; senior Gianna Biaggi’s fourth in 18:48; freshman Madeline Libbey’s sixth in 19:48; senior Laura Amador’s seventh in 19:58; senior Serena Spry’s eighth in 20:15; junior Itzel Macedonio’s 11th in 21:48; and frosh Brianna Lehane’s 18th in 22:40.
The Sonoma varsity boys were paced by senior Chris Tose’s second-place finish in 14:43; junior Christian Martinez’s fifth in 15:20; junior Owen Ljung’s sixth in 15:26; junior Keegan Ginter’s ninth in 15:51; senior Ryland Osborne’s 11th in 16:18; frosh Ty Haury’s 15th in 16:40; senior Peter Gray’s 16th in 16:42; senior A.J. Lemaire’s 19th in 17:01; senior Greg Maggioncalda’s 20th in 17:11; and sophomore Return Bongiovanni’s 21st in 17:22.
The cross country Dragons, coached by John Litzenberg, hit the SCL road for dual-meets at Healdsburg this Wednesday, Oct. 17.
Sonoma’s boys’ and girls’ waterpolo teams hosted Cardinal Newman their final home matches of the season at the Sonoma Aquatic Center pool on Wednesday and, again, played tough early, but experienced second-half fades in dropping 17-6 and 17-3 decisions, respectively.
Scoring two goals each for the Dragon boys were seniors Chase Campion and Arthur Morgan, and junior Jesse Summers, while all three Lady Dragon goals were scored by junior Madeline Cline.
The water polo Dragons, coached by Flynn O’Brien, have a bye next week.