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JV Lady runners second in Folsom
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The Ceres High JV girls cross country team placed second in a field of 31 with 59 points at the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II finals at Willow Hill Reservoir in Folsom on Saturday.

The Bulldogs finished 28 points behind section champion Ponderosa.

Ponderosa and Ceres finished 1-2 at the sub-section meet at Frogtown in Angels Camps on Nov. 5. The Bruins beat the Bulldogs by 42 points, 29-71.

"They were less dominant Saturday," said Ceres coach Glenn Driskell.

Ceres was led by Nicole Laranjo, Heather Jones, Caitlin Cerny, Melanie Casey, Vicki Morales, Katie Lutes and Nicole Caselli.

"Each of the seven girls got a second-place team medal," Driskell said.

Laranjo placed third in 13 minutes, 19 seconds on the 1.85-mile course.

Jones placed sixth in 13:34.

Cerny, Casey, Morales and Lutes placed 19th (14:26), 20th (14:30), 24th (14:41) and 30th (14:56), respectively.

Caselli placed 41st in 18:40.

Casey showed the most improvement. She finished 43rd at the sub-section championships.

"Melanie ran her best race in over a month," Driskell said. "She moved up 20 places."

Ponderosa was led by Carolyn James, Rachel Mullen, Samantha Couper, Katie Blubaugh, Jade Laverty and Kaitlin Reggiardo.

James, Mullen, Couper, Blubaugh, Laverty and Reggiardo placed second (13:09), fourth (13:22), fifth (13:32), 10th (13:56), 14th (14:07) and 29th (14:53), respectively.

Varsity girls

Karrah Brown placed 21st in a field of 65 in the varsity girls race. The junior completed the 3.05-mile course in 21:33.

"She ran okay," Driskell said.

"Hopefully it will give her a little bit of an incentive to work out harder during the offseason."

Sophomore boys

Henry Shamoeil and Andrew Chipponeri placed 28th and 33rd, respectively, in the sophomore boys race. Shamoeil completed the 1.85-mile course in 11:54, 19 seconds ahead of Chipponeri. - By DALE BUTLER / Staff Reporter of The Ceres (Calif.) Courier