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PALO ALTO, Calif. — Phoenix sophomore Nevina De Luca set a new personal record and placed 12th to lead a strong contingent of Pirate girls to a 19th-place Division 4 team finish at the Stanford Invitational on Saturday.
De Luca improved upon the Phoenix sophomore class record she set earlier this season by finishing the 5,000-meter race in 19 minutes, 35 seconds for a 20-second PR. Three of her teammates also finished in the top 150 at the prestigious meet: Lindsey Vermillion (49th, 20:55), Ashlee Vos (108th, 21:52) and Arin Fitch (145th, 23:06). Vermillion's mark was a season best and Vos' was a personal record.
Cascade Christian's Stephanie Croy placed 18th in 19:53 to lead the Challengers, who also had two boys — Tristan Akery (64th, 17:14) and Alex Cummings (73rd, 17:21) — finish in the top 100 in Division 4.
The Phoenix boys were paced by junior Philip Todak, who set a new PR and placed 103rd in 17:39.
In Division 5 action, St. Mary's placed four boys in the top 75 and three girls in the top 60. On the boys side, junior Chris Martin finished 27th in 17:54 and freshman Elijah Conway placed 48th in 18:29. Senior Brooklyn Gillespie paced the St. Mary's girls by finishing 40th in 22:07, while freshmen Madeline Volk and Taylor Kreul placed 58th and 60th, respectively.
NIKE PRE-NATIONALS — At Portland, North Medford's boys finished 13th out of 23 squads in the Danner Championship division and the Black Tornado's girls placed 25th out of 28 Division 1 teams.
Senior Caleb Diaz paced the North boys by covering the 5,000-meter course in 16:47.45, which put him 70th overall. Junior teammate Ray Schireman was one spot back in 71st at 16:47.51 and senior Blake Spencer was grouped nicely in 73rd at 16:48.29.
Senior Joey Rincon (89th, 17:03.92) and junior Aaran Fagan (92nd, 17:04.39) rounded out the scorers for North, which had a 332 total score. Rocky Mountain won with 112 points.
In the girls competition, junior Jaycie Dickson led the Tornado by finishing 49th overall in 20:44.03. Rounding out the scoring were Jessica Pettegrew-Sam (108th, 21:37.24), Julia Ribeiro (148th, 22:44.20), Molly Mulhollen (156th, 23:00.02) and Kyndall Wiley (176th, 23:35.67).
WOAHINK LAKE INVITATIONAL — At Florence, Hidden Valley senior Sierra Brown placed second overall in the girls race and Ashland's girls finished second to Reynolds in the team competition at Honeyman State Park.
Brown covered the 5,000-meter course in 19:07.80 to finish runner-up to Siuslaw's Katy Potter (18:59.30). Hidden Valley freshman Megan Schiavone finished 21st in 22:05.90 as the only other Mustang runner.
Kia Parrish-Haim was the top finisher for the Grizzlies, coming in seventh at 21:16.60, with teammate Quinn Blackwolf not far behind in ninth at 21:24.00. Also scoring for Ashland were Sara Dunagan (20th, 22:05.30), Madeline Chaves (29th, 22:26.70) and Emma Parker (30th, 22:27.10). The Grizzlies posted 86 points while Reynolds had 69.
On the boys side, Hidden Valley placed fourth with 117 points and Ashland was ninth at 200. Siuslaw had the top three finishers and won with 19 points.
Zach Blanco (16:52.60) and Shane Crofoot (17:07.70) finished eighth and ninth, respectively, for Hidden Valley, which got good showings from Hunter Tillery (20th, 18:01.20), Justin Elkins (42nd, 18:40.70) and Lance Hemphill (45th, 18:43.00).
Lars Ferguson-Rockwell led Ashland with an 18:12.90 showing that was good for 27th overall. Also scoring were Kelly Honsinger (41st, 18:40.20), Jacob Laurance-Thorpe (48th, 18:56.20), Jannik Ehret (50th, 18:59.80) and Louie Snowden (54th, 19:03.30).