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Lincoln cross country tunes up at Golden Gate Park

Lowell High School Invitational
By: Staff Report
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The Lincoln High School cross country team had runners in five of the 13 divisions competing at the Lowell High School Invitational meet held at Speedway Meadow-Golden Gate Park in San Francisco Saturday. The Fighting Zebras qualified for team score in three of the divisions having five runners in each. Lincoln did not have five runners in the girls varsity and junior varsity boys. Cross country team scoring is based on the total times of the top five runners for any school or team entered. The Frosh/Soph girls placed 10th with freshman Haley Higgins earning her first high school medal coming in 13th out of 168 runners. Higgins time was 15:58. Rounding out the scoring was freshman Megan Snook (38th, 16:30), sophomore Annika Lehenbauer (65th, 17:36), sophomore Kelsey Prentice (67th, 17:45), and Katrina Redford (74th, 20:24). Although Higgins and Snook set the pace, the last three runners were within nine places of one another. In the sophomore boys division, the Zebras placed 13th. Sophomore Evan Deathrage led the group with a time of 13:56 and placed 31st out of 166 runners. Also scoring for the Zebras were sophomore Daniel Hagge (39th, 14:15), sophomore Pasqual Marquez (47th, 14:26), freshman Aaron Jackson (62nd, 15:01), freshman William Barker (89th, 16:59), and freshman Brian Ackerson (91st, 17:04). The varsity boys came in 15th with junior Dylan Toerpe out ahead to take 68th among 124 runners in a time of 17:53. Adding to the Zebras score were senior Jacob Edwards (77th, 18:15), senior Sean Gage (79th, 18:18), senior Bryant Garcia (89th, 19:41), junior Jake Palmyra (93rd, 19:56), senior Uriah Smith (95th, 20:04), and junior Liam Hao (96th, 20:08). Just two minutes separated the running Zebras with less than 20 runners in between them. The varsity girls ran four athletes with senior Kali Federwisch leading the way. Federwisch was 70th among 131 runners coming in at 21:03. The next three were junior Katy Mercier (99th, 22:32), senior Kelsi Snook (116th, 23:28), and senior Savannah Berkley (120th, 24:23). Logan Balentine (121st, 21:54), and Matthew Binning (137th, 22:41) ran in the JV boys division. Lincoln coach Doug Croall said Hagge showed huge improvement by shaving nearly five minutes off his time from last year. Also making up time was Smith (1:14); Garcia and Edwards trimmed 57 seconds from their previous marks. For the girls, Prentice took nearly a minute off her time, Federwisch 36 seconds, and Kelsi Snook 11 seconds. Next up for the Lincoln runners was the Pioneer Valley League’s first meet scheduled for Gibson Ranch Wednesday. They’re scheduled to travel to Woodland for the Yolo County Invitational Saturday.