Yosemite girls pull off upset at league meet

Yosemite High sophomore Riley Ashton led the Yosemite girls cross country team to a stunning upset victory over Kerman High at the recent North Sequoia League meet.

Kerman had soundly defeated Yosemite the mid-season NSL meet.

Junior Jessica Fine’s amazing pass of three Kerman girls in the last mile of the 5K race set up the narrow two point victory, capping a “beyond exciting” come-from-behind effort according to Coach Ellen Peterson.

Ashton’s strong third place overall, Fine’s fourth place, and an eighth, ninth, and tenth, and 10th place finish by Rose Curley, Ellen Saunders and freshman Gabrielle Stegge kept Kerman from getting the points they needed to win.

Kerman took second, with Liberty - Madera Ranchos, and Washington Union rounding out the team finishes.

In the Boy’s race, sophomore Joe Campbell led the Badgers to a second place team finish medaling in fifth place, with sophomore Alex Williams and senior Quinn Hilliard medaling in ninth and tenth. Kerman won the boy’s team title, with Yosemite second, Liberty third, and Washington Union in fourth. Sierra and Chowchilla High Schools did not field teams.

Campbell went on to place in the top third of 180 runners at the Nov. 20 Central Section Finals.

- Staff report