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Record-setting run highlights Oakmont Invite

Del Oro freshman sets course record in girls 4K
By: Nick Pecoraro
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ROSEVILLE– The Oakmont Invitational cross-country meet kicked off Saturday morning at Maidu Park in Roseville and saw a historical performance.

Riley Chamberlain, a freshman from Del Oro, shattered the Oakmont Invite girls 4,000-meter record, finishing with a time of 13 minutes, 33.38 seconds. Her finish-line time was a full minute faster than the next closest competitor.

The course’s previous record-holder was Alexandra Beitia of Granite Bay, who finished at 13:40 in 2016.

“I didn’t know that until about 30 minutes after the race,” said Chamberlain. “Everyone was coming up to me saying, ‘You broke the course record.’ I was surprised. I couldn’t believe it.”

Chamberlain’s performance came as no surprise to Del Oro coach Dustin Fee, who had high expectations for his freshman after she won the Golden West Invite as an 8th-grader and immediately began training with Del Oro’s varsity boys’ team in the summer.

“(Chamberlain) absolutely killed it,” said Fee. “The more I started dissecting what she did, it was pretty unbelievable...  Our original plan was for her to run a 5:40 first mile, and she came in at 5:26. Her second mile was at 5:42, and she closed in 2:25.”

The “flat course and perfect temperature” gave Chamberlain the ideal stage for her to do what she does best.

“It was a fun course,” she said. “I’m really happy with how my team did too. They all did amazing.”

As a team, Del Oro’s girls finished fourth. St. Francis’ girls took the top spot for the sixth time in the past eight years. Vista del Lago took second and Woodcreek third. Rounding out the Top 10 on the girls’ side were Ponderosa (5th), El Camino (6th), McClatchy (7th), Lincoln (8th), Bella Vista (9th) and Rocklin (10th).

Chamberlain’s sophomore Del Oro teammate, Hannah Wirth, finished 10th overall at 15:01.61. Lisa Irvine of Woodcreek placed fourth at 14:44.99, Vista’s Rachel Burgoyne (14:47.49) and Natasha Evans (14:48.11) finished eighth- and ninth, respectively, and Destiny Everett of Lincoln placed seventh at 14:46.74.

Senior Pearl Burton paced her Rocklin Thunder running mates, finishing 20th at 15:28.80. Other top placers for area schools included Elaina Wargala of Bear River (15:58.94), Riley Lasher of Placer (16:01.50), Brooke Giorgi of Whitney (16:11.30), Ashley Mendenhall of Oakmont (16:17.33), McKayla Hodson of Folsom (16:34.84), Cate Snedecor of Granite Bay (16:49.94), Sierra Hagen of Colfax (17:19.60) and Mandy Ruiz of Roseville (17:38.17).

As for the boys, Rocklin, Woodcreek and Vista took the Top 3 spots, followed by Granite Bay, Oakmont, Bella Vista, Del Oro, Placer, Pleasant Grove and McClatchy.

Rocklin senior Trevor Asbury (12:18.59) took second overall by less than a second behind Inderkum’s Xander Reimers. Placer seniors Jesus Guerra-Reyes (12:23.04) and Jesus Carrasco (12:38.09) placed fourth- and seventh, respectively.

Other Top 10 area boys included Ethan Dodge and Austin Vasquez of Whitney placing third- and fifth, respectively, Rocklin’s Shane Burton and Brendan Dowling finishing sixth- and eighth, respectively, Jonah Peterson of Vista placing ninth and Peter Pagel of Woodcreek coming in 10th overall.

Granite Bay sophomore Koby Sperandeo (12:59.61), Dylan Corkill of Del Oro (13:06.29), Trenton Artica of Roseville (13:07.21), Ben Longaker of Oakmont (13:14.98), Israel Alfaro of Folsom (13:51.38), Connor Vrooman of Colfax (14:05.90), Cameron Noreen of Lincoln (14:34.50) and Sean Cullers of Bear River (14:37.03) highlighted each area team’s top performances.

Next Saturday’s races include local teams competing in the Lagoon Valley Classic in Vacaville and the Sierra College Invite in Rocklin.

For full results of the 2018 Oakmont Invitational, visit https://www.athletic.net/CrossCountry/Results/Meet.aspx?Meet=144591&show=all.