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Dragon boy runners finish 2nd in SCL, girls 5th

Sophomore Madeline Libbey (front, right) turned in an upbeat fourth-place individual finish, while the Lady Dragons ended up in fifth place runs to a fourth-place individual finish, while leading the Sonoma in Saturday’s SCL championship meet at the Spring Lake course in Santa Rosa. Steven Serafini/Index-Tribune

Sophomore Madeline Libbey (front, right) turned in an upbeat fourth-place individual finish, while the Lady Dragons ended up in fifth place runs to a fourth-place individual finish, while leading the Sonoma in Saturday’s SCL championship meet at the Spring Lake course in Santa Rosa. Steven Serafini/Index-Tribune

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At Saturday’s Sonoma County League championship meets on the Spring Lake 3.08-mile course in Santa Rosa, the Sonoma Valley High School varsity cross-country boys tried to run down first-place Piner, while fending off an Analy team running hot on their tail in the race for the SCL title.

Despite improving on their losing dual-meet season effort, the Dragons couldn’t overtake Piner, which cruised to the SCL title, but they did edge out Analy in the race for second place, and rounding out final boys’ league standings were fourth-place Petaluma, followed by Healdsburg, Elsie Allen and El Molino.

Earning top-10-finishing medals for the Dragon boys were senior Owen Ljung’s fourth-place finish in 16 minutes, 17 seconds; and senior Keegan Ginter’s 10th place in 16:49, with senior Christian Martinez just missing a medal at 11th.

Sonoma was also paced by freshman Leonardo Macedonio’s 20th in 17:34; junior Ian Sloop’s 21st in 17:38; junior Return Bongiovanni’s 31st in 18:71; and sophomore Trevor Martinelli’s 37th in 19:11.

Piner ended up making it a league-title sweep by also winning the SCL girls’ championship, followed in the final standings by Analy, Petaluma, Healdsburg, Sonoma and El Molino.

Pacing the young Lady Dragons with her medal-winning run was sophomore Madeline Libbey’s fourth-place finish in 19:52; followed by frosh Maddie Cashel’s 12th place in 21:15; frosh Crystal Rodriguez’s 30th in 24:43; senior Jocelyn Mondragon’s 31st in 25:02; senior Itzel Macedonio’s 33rd in 25:45; frosh Maggie Luque’s 34th in 25:48; and frosh Sofia Serbicki’s 36th in 27:54.

In the SCL junior varsity races, Sonoma’s boys were paced by sophomore Pablo Cruz’s 35th in 21:29, and frosh Austin Phillips’ 39th in 21:49, and frosh Emma Rochlin was 26th in 27:30 for the Lady Dragons.

Sonoma’s cross-country boys and third-place girls teams, directed by head coach John Litzenberg and assistant coach Julie Niehaus, will compete in the postseason North Coast Section meets on Saturday, Nov. 23, in Hayward.

 

 

Senior Owen Ljung runs to the finish line to claim an individual fourth place, while leading the Sonoma boy runners to a second-place team finish in Saturday’s SCL championship meet at the Spring Lake course in Santa Rosa. Steven Serafini/Index-Tribune

Senior Owen Ljung runs to the finish line to claim an individual fourth place, while leading the Sonoma boy runners to a second-place team finish in Saturday’s SCL championship meet at the Spring Lake course in Santa Rosa. Steven Serafini/Index-Tribune