The Sonoma Valley High cross country runners competed in the Lowell Invitational Saturday in Golden Gate Park. The boys were 30th out of 33 teams while the girls didn’t compete as a team as five senior girls were taking the ACT that day.

For the boys, junior Justin Cox was 94th overall in a time of 16 minutes 24 seconds. Sophomore Mason Phillips was 176th in a time of 18:00, junior Alexis Castillo was 216th in 20:08, freshman Lucas Martindale was 217th in 20:20 and freshman Ryan Hengehold was 220th in 20:34.

For the girls, senior Jenna Ebert was 58th overall in 19:49, sophomore Malia Cashel was 110th in 21:18, freshman Grace Kiser was 160th in 24:10 and sophomore Jasmine Garcia was 167th in 25:05.

Coach John Litzenberg said it was a very competitive race. “Justin (Cox) ran 10 seconds faster than he did last year, but was 45 places further back compared to last year when he finished 49th. If he had run in the Varsity 2 race this year, he would have finished 47th.”

“This was the first time competing at this meet for everyone but Malia (Cashel) and Justin, and it was a good experience for them to be competing in a large meet like this,” the coach added.

The thinclads will be running in the Eight-Schools Interlock on Wednesday at Spring Lake in Santa Rosa.