Four Napa Valley high school cross country programs were among seven competing in Vine Valley Athletic League Center Meet No. 1 on Wednesday at Maxwell Park in Sonoma.
In the women’s division, adding up the placements of each team’s top five finishers, Casa Grande won with a 46, followed by Justin-Siena (63), Vintage (65), Petaluma (65), Napa (120) and American Canyon (134).
For Justin-Siena, Katherine Heffernan was second and Hailey Schuemann was third out of 37 runners on the 2.75-mile course in 19:11.4 and 19:41.8. Olivia Janerico was sixth (20:01.5), Ella Webb 23rd (21:48.6), Paige Helms 29th (22:20.9) and Lily Dominguez 31st (22:23.6).
Vintage was led by fourth-placer Sophia Notaro (19:47.9), while Naomi Tessier was eighth (20:10.4), Maggie Chapin 10th (20:12.7), Susana Nuno 18th (21:04.7), Quetzaly Hernandez (25th) 21:59.9, Lilla Kasper 27th (22:12.7).
Napa High had good grouping, as all five scorers finished within 11 places of each other. Alondra Palafox was 19th (21:07.1), Sonya Mitchell 21st (21:39.2), Jemma Ceja-Delgado 22nd (21:42.3), Anna Scudero 28th (22:14.6), Melina Sanchez-Bernal 30th (22:22.0) and Jazmin Damian 32nd (22:36.2).
For American Canyon, Emma Piazza was 16th (20:58.8), Julia Ramirez 20th (21:28.3), Cassidy McCamish 26th (22:10.9), Sadia Diouf 35th (24:20.8) and Ellaine Fuerte 37th (26:09.2).
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Petaluma won the boys division with 26 points, followed by Napa (53), Vintage (85), American Canyon (98), Justin-Siena (132) and Casa Grande (137).
For Napa, Eric Aguilar was third out of 42 runners in 15:48.7. Also for the Grizzlies, Aidan Smith was seventh (16:18.6), Logan Walsh 13th (16:30.0), Noah Massey 14th (16:46.1), Martin Salinas 22nd (17:32.6), Finn McGrath 31st (17:49.4) and Jayden Quintana 16th (17:00.5).
Vintage was led by the fourth- and sixth-place finishes of Drew Holloran (16:10.2) and Collin Durfee (16:15.3). Also for the Crushers, Aiden Rutherford was 18th (17:07.4), Nicholas Dominici 27th (17:42.9), Jackson Travers 33rd (17:55.5) and Valentin Arango 35th (18:15.1).
Leading American Canyon was Yahir Madrigal with an 11th-place time of 16:28.5, followed by Emanuel Barajas (20th in 17:19.2), Elvin Fuerte (21st in 17:26.4), Andres Cardenas (24th in 17:36.6), Alfons McCoy (26th in 17:40.2), Anthony Ramos (30th in 17:48.3) and Jaden Tonsager (37th in 18:37.2).
For Justin-Siena, Charles Wenzel was 19th (17:10.2), Jack Carey 23rd (17:33.5), Jack Duffy 29th (17:46.9), Devon de los Santos 32nd (17:50.3), Wyatt Paulson 34th (18:10.0), Cameron Wang 36th (18:35.3) and Giorgio Baldini 38th (18:44.6).
The next VVAL meet is scheduled next Wednesday at Alston Park, with Vintage hosting. Justin-Siena will warm up by competing in the Artichoke Invitational at Half Moon Bay on Saturday.
Varsity Girls Golf
Justin-Siena 266, Casa Grande 268
Facing a very tough Casa Grande opponent at Petaluma’s Rooster Run Golf Club on Wednesday, the Braves rallied for another VVAL win. Alex Mazzucco led Justin-Siena with a 47 that included two pars, while Brooklyn Blankenship carded a 50 with a birdie, and Vannia Dagnino had a 50 with three pars.
Marley Sennot shot a 58, Natalie Krystal a 61, and Kaela Fegan a 68.
Napa 3, Casa Grande 0
The Grizzlies improved to 2-4 in VVAL play with a 26-24, 25-19, 25-22 sweep of visiting Casa Grande in the small gym Tuesday night.
Alessia Palmieri had 8 kills and Aubri LaPointe 7 kills and 12 digs, was 8 for 10 serving and went 10 for 11 on serve-receive for the Grizzlies. Alyssa Michie added 6 kills and Alexis Uhl 5 kills.
Setter Morgan Cravea had 30 assists, 3 kills, 3 aces and was 10 for 13 serving. Bailey O’Callahan added 1 kill, 3 aces and 3 digs and was 12 for 13 serving. Bella Berger had 3 aces and was 10 for 10 serving. Sam Shelton also had 1 kill. Olivia Vavricka added 2 aces and 6 digs, was 9 for 13 serving, and went 9 for 11 on serve-receive.
Justin-Siena 2, Petaluma 0
Ainsley McNicoll was 11 of 11 serving with 2 aces and 9 digs and Anna Bueno-Kling was 6 of 7 serving with 1 ace and 9 digs as the Braves improved to 3-2 in VVAL play with a hard-fought 27-25, 25-21 sweep of host Petaluma on Tuesday.
Eva Winkler was 7 of 8 serving with 6 digs, and Dakota Tinsley had 4 clutch service points that tied the score 23-23 in Game 1.
It was the third straight league win for Justin-Siena, which also improved to 4-2 in non-tournament play on the season.
The Braves will travel to San Francisco on Saturday for a nonleague match against Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep.
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