Living up to pre-season confidence and optimism, the Yosemite High boys and girls varsity cross country teams took first place in the Sept. 20 Sanger Invitational (small schools division).
Held at Avocado Lake, 26 teams participated in the meet and Yosemite's Alek Simpson outran 138 runners to win the small school division. After the three mile run, Simpson crossed the finish line in 15:31.3, eight-tenths of a second ahead of Reedley's Pedro Flores.
Yosemite's Liam Womack ran the course in 17:43.7 for 29th place and Issac Soliz finished 50th with a time of 18:34.
Other Badgers adding points to the team effort were Nicholas Adelizi (57th - 18:56.6), Craig Stieler (68th - 19:08.1), Tristan Webb (73rd - 19:23.3), and Ben Williams (76th - 19:27.9).
Brittney Hughey finished the girls three-mile race in 14th place in 20:46.3, one minute, 44 seconds behind fist place finisher Sami Ikuma of Clovis West. Clovis West runners placed first through fifth and had another four runners in the top 15.
Yosemite sophomore Jessica Fine placed 21st in the field of 81 runners in 21:28.9.
Other Badger finishers were Ellen Saunders, Christen Cogdell, Sharon Warmerdam, and Maya Mendonca.
The team competes tomorrow (Friday) in the Mt. Whitney Invitational in Visalia.