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Sonoma boy runners 11th in NCS

Senior Keegan Ginter (front), reaching the finish line along with teammate Christian Martinez (back, right) at the recent SCL championship meet at the Spring Lake course in Santa Rosa, was the 11th-place Dragon boys’ top finisher at Saturday’s NCS District-3 championhip meet in Hayward. Steven Serafini/Index-Tribune

Senior Keegan Ginter (front), reaching the finish line along with teammate Christian Martinez (back, right) at the recent SCL championship meet at the Spring Lake course in Santa Rosa, was the 11th-place Dragon boys’ top finisher at Saturday’s NCS District-3 championhip meet in Hayward. Steven Serafini/Index-Tribune

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Following their dual-meet regular season and Sonoma County League championship meets with SCL second- and fifth-place finishes, respectively, Sonoma Valley High School’s varsity cross-country boys and girls ran into the postseason, where they raced against their sectional division’s best.

On Saturday at Hayward High School’s three-mile course, the Dragon runners – directed by head coach John Litzenberg and assistant coach Julie Niehaus – competed in the North Coast Section Division-3 championship meets, where the season ended with Sonoma’s boys in the middle of the pack and the girls incomplete.

In the NCS Division-3 boys’ race, with 24 teams represented by 149 finishers, the Dragons, without their No. 2 runner, earned a respectable 11th place.

Pacing the Dragon boys, individually, were senior Keegan Ginter’s 42nd place in a time of 16 minutes, 55 seconds; senior Owen Ljung’s 51st in 17:11; junior Ian Sloop’s 71st in 17:53; freshman Leonardo Macedonio’s 72nd in 17:53; and junior Return Bongiovanni: 102nd in 18:41.

Racing in an NCS Division-3 girls’ field of 108 runners, the young Lady Dragons were paced by sophomore Maddy Libbey’s 65th-place finish in 21:23; frosh Maddie Cashel’s 72nd in 22:11; and frosh Crystal Rodriguez’s 107th in 26:22.