KINGSBURG – The school buses were lined up deep and the sun was beating down on Sept. 9 at Kingsburg High. The event was the annual 2-mile cross-country meet.

Neither Kingsburg nor Selma put a team among the top 10 in any of the four grade divisions for either gender. However, there were some individual standouts for the host Vikings and the Bears.  

Selma’s Aliyah Garcia finished impressively, crossing the finish line in 13:16.80 to place 10th in the senior girls race. Buchanan’s Sydney Fox won the race in 11:15.26.

“I’m pretty satisfied,” Garcia said. “I pushed harder than I should have because my foot hurt. My goal was to beat 14 minutes, so I’m pretty satisfied.”

Garcia said one of her main motivations is to get in better shape for track and field.

Garcia’s teammate, Geetika Purwaha, finished 38th in 16:07.19.

In the senior boys division, Selma’s Efrain Vasquez finished 35th in 11:00.16. Madera South’s Seth Garcia won in 9:25.09.

“I feel really good,” Vasquez said. “I started strong and I was consistent. It felt good. I’m just trying to build up and get faster.”

Selma’s Christopher Alatorre had the top area finish in the junior boys division, crossing the finish line in 11:54.33 to take 59th. Madera South’s Victor Ochoa won  in 9:41.26.

Selma’s Evelyn Alfaro had the top area finish in the junior girls division, crossing the finish in 14:50.74. Alfaro’s teammate, Lilly Flores, finished 42nd in 14:59.08 and Kingsburg’s Sydney Luttrell was 43rd in 15:00.51. Meagan Lowe of Buchanan  won in 10:45.82.

Flores is a first-year runner. 

Kingsburg’s Wyatt Ward finished 46th in the sophomore boys division in 11:53.06. Madera’s Stabius Barba won in 12:21.30.

Selma’s Mari Vasquez placed 21st in the sophomore girls division in 13:05.12. Buchanan’s Corie Smith prevailed in 10:32.49.

Kingsburg’s Mason Waldner excelled in the freshman boys race, taking 30th in 11:51.29 and his teammate, Ivan Gonzalez, was 34th in 12:06.55 while Selma’s DJ Perez was 41st in 12:15.64. Buchanan’s Bo Olsen won in 10:09.04.

Kingsburg’s Rajvir Rai placed 41st in the freshman girls race, finishing 41st in 14:48.48. Rosalinda Dixon of Exeter won in 11:48.25.

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