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CV girls 12th, boys 14th at sub-sections
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Cousins Victoria and Angela Medina limited their training leading up to the Sac-Joaquin Sub-Section Division III cross country championships on Nov. 3 due to shin splints.

"For them to come out and run like they did, I'm definitely impressed," Hawks coach Mike Reynolds said. "They were hurting."

The Medinas led the varsity girls to a 12th-place finish at the 32-team event in Frogtown, which is located on the Calaveras County Fairgrounds near Angels Camp. Valley Oak League rivals Sonora, East Union and Weston Ranch took fifth, eighth and 10th, respectively. Del Oro won the title, followed by Placer and Union Mine.

Victoria took 93rd with a time of 26:50 on the 3-mile course. Angela placed 112th in 30:32.

Teammates Madalyn Khut, Susy Briseno and Brianna Gamboa took 94th (27:23), 100th (28:01) and 108th (29:21).

"This is the first time we've had a full varsity team," Reynolds said. "We were competitive."

On the varsity boys side, the Hawks placed 14th in the team standings. League rivals Sonora, Weston Ranch, Oakdale and East Union took fifth, seventh, 16th and 17th, respectively. Del Oro, Placer and Union Mine finished 1-2-3.

Rodolfo Reynoso placed a team-best 61st (19:13). The senior started to fade when confronted by hills 1-mile into the race.

"Rudy was the closest (to qualifying for sections)," Reynolds said. "He ran well. I have no complaints."

Teammates Juan Martinez, Rigel Smart, Jesse Ramirez, Jonathan Burgos, Jose Reyes and Joaquin Lopez placed 74th (19:41), 103rd (20:48), 111th (21:26), 116th (21:53), 149th (24:36) and 162nd (28:17), respectively.

"I have a lot of young guys," Reynolds said. "I look for them to be stronger next year and the year after."