Badgers take second in first NSL meet

The Yosemite boys and girls cross country teams placed second in the first North Sequoia League meet held Oct. 7 at Woodward Park in Fresno.

The Lions of Kerman won both divisions.

Overall, there are two mid-season league meets prior to the final meet in November. Despite placing second, Coach Ellen Peterson was pleased with the overall effort of the Badgers.

“Our boys went up against one of the best programs in the Valley in Kerman,” Peterson said. “They placed first through fifth and dominated the event.”

The top YHS finishers were Russell Zelazo, Issac Rumohr, and Joseph Campbell.

The YHS girls were a close second to Kerman.

“Our girls were very close and are definitely in the hunt for a league championship,” Peterson said. “The girls are close but need to improve. If our girls can cut between .30 and .60 seconds off their times, we will be there.”

Gabby Stegge, Rachel Mattos, and Elyse Espe were the top three finishers for the Badgers.

Mount SAC Invitational

The Badger cross country team will take more than 50 runners to the 66th Annual Mt. SAC Cross Country Invitational Friday and Saturday, at Mount San Antonio College in Walnut. The team will run in the D-III division.

The event is the world’s largest cross country invitational, with more than 25,000 participants competing over the famed three-mile course.

“This will be our 30th year participating at Mt. SAC,” Peterson said. “Meet organizers run races every seven minutes. It’s a huge logistical challenge but the organizers pull it off with near perfection every year.”