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Giant men’s Cross Country place 3rd at NorCal Cahmpionship

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Giant men’s Cross Country place 3rd at NorCal Cahmpionship

Venie Soares, Lead Reporter

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Using strong showings in post-season meets, the COS men’s cross country team races into the state championship.  

Held at Fresno’s Woodward Park on Friday, Nov.1, this is COS’s third visit to the hilly four-mile course. 

“We know the course,” said COS cross country coach David Sanchez. “We are concentrating on the mental aspects. Making sure everything is running smoothly, concentrating on practice and school. Our team saw what they’re capable of at NorCal. 

Sanchez said he won’t allow the team to get over confident. They still have growing to do and can do better as a team. They have the capability, it all comes down to hard work. 

“We’re putting it together. If they hit their places, this team could be top ten at state, said Sanchez. 

Lidia Briseno and Courtney Santos qualified for the state meet as individuals. Sanchez is high on both women’s chances. 

“With a good race, Lidia could be All-American,” said Sanchez, “and Courtney had a great race at NorCal and can still do better.” 

The men’s team ran to a 3rd place finish in the Northern California Championship at Redding’s Shasta College on Nov.2. The Giants were edged out of 2nd by two points. The top seven teams qualified for the state championship. 

Ismael Ramirez finished 2nd overall, covering the course in 21:18.4. Oscar Perez,12th in 21:54.1, David Roderick, 20th in 22:02.1, Christian Gonzalez, 38th in 22:34.3 and Joel Garcia, 42nd in 22:43.1. Lidia Briseno paced the women, finishing 13th over the 5 kilometer course in 20:44.2. Courtney Santos ran to 35th in 22:44. 

Taking five out of the top ten places, the men won the Central Valley Conference title at Woodward Park on Oct. 26. 

Ramirez won 1st in 21:38, Roderick 3rd in 21:56, Perez 5th in 22:08, Garcia 8th in 22:14 and Leonardo Jiminez 10th in 22:38. 

Briseno won the women’s crown in 20:33, Santos 3rd in 21:19 and Vivianna Corralejo 13th in 24:51.

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