Kimball High senior Francesca Loayza set a new time record for her school on Saturday, Oct. 5, with her first-place finish in the varsity girls 5K race at the Wildfire Invitational cross country meet in Foresthill in Placer County.
Loayza beat 46 runners in the division 1, 2 and 3 race with a time of 19 minutes, 9 seconds and beat her own school record (19:47), which she set during her sophomore year.
Loayza said that the Old Sawmill Course in Foresthill, with gradual elevation gains, no sharp turns and long, straight stretches, is one of the faster courses on the cross-country circuit, so she usually logs a good time when she runs there.
"I think in that race I just paced myself better," she said. "I felt really positive at the start line and was just in a really good mindset."
She also led the Jaguars to a third-place finish out of six teams. Kimball compiled a score of 78, behind Elk Grove (37) and Del Campo (53). Runners completing the team score for Kimball included sophomores Jessica Kwan (22:40), Kayla Pereira (23:22) and Dora Furtado (23:43) and freshman Jamie Salanga (24:48).
Kimball’s varsity boys placed fourth out of six teams in the division 1, 2 and 3 competition with a score of 108. Damonte Ranch High of Reno (33) was the winner.
Junior Fernando Carrasco (18:30) was Kimball’s lead runner, placing 18th out of 43 runners. Also contributing to Kimball’s score were freshman Nathan Perez (18:41), senior Greg Dawson (18:53), freshman Chandler Geha (19:04) and senior Taylor Bosch (19:07).
Valley Oak League cluster meet
Loayza was second overall (20:21) in the varsity girls 5K race course at the Valley Oak League's second cluster meet on Wednesday, Oct. 9, at Eagal Lakes. Her teammates include sophomore Kyli Huynh (22:46), plus Kwan (22:53), Furtado (24:11) and Salanga (27:00).
The team results were recorded as a series of dual matches. Kimball’s girls lost to Sierra 23-35, Manteca 24-33 and Weston Ranch 27-29 and beat East Union 19-36, Oakdale 28-29, and Sonora and Lathrop by forfeit.
Kimball’s varsity boys beat East Union 19-44, Lathrop 16-44, and beat Weston Ranch by forfeit. The Jaguars lost to Sonora 23-33, Oakdale 28-29, Sierra 15-44 and Manteca 15-50.
Kimball junior Fernando Carrasco was 18th overall (19:06). Also contributing to the Kimball results were freshman Nathan Perez (19:22), senior Giovanni Miranda (19:25), sophomore Andrew Jung (19:28) and freshman Chandler Geha (19:39).
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