'22 XC RUNNER OF THE WEEK POLL
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Congratulations to last week's top vote-getter, Devin Pereira of Rocklin (SJ)!!
Pereira, who has now won his first three races of the season, followed his opening-week victory by running the fastest time on the course to take the title at the Oakmont Invitational, clocking 12:17.11 over the 4000-meter course at Maidu Regional Park in Roseville.
Pereira received 70 percent of the vote in a statewide poll. Carter Spradling (Clovis East/CS/Jr.) was second with 25 percent of the vote.
Each week we will put seven athletes on the line and leave it up to you to select the overall XC Runner of the Week. Our objective each week will be to select top performers from across the state.
Be sure to vote in the MileSplit Picks window below the candidate list.
This week's candidates (listed alphabetically by last name)
Matthew Donis (Highland/SS/Sr.) -- Donis rolled to victory at the Cool Breeze Evening Invitational, running 14:36.80 over the 3-mile course at Pomona Fairplex in the elite Sundown Showdown race.
Micah Grossman (Ventura/SS/Jr.) -- Grossman won the Varsity Boys race at the Gaucho XC Invitational, running 15:27.1 on the 3-mile course at UC Santa Barbara.
Ryan Mitchell (Davis/SJ/Sr.) -- Mitchell was the fastest boy on the corse at the Lagoon Valley Classic in Vacaville, running 15:32.20 over the 3-mile layout.
Jason Parra (Millikan/SS/Jr.) -- Parra won the Varsity Boys race at the Cerritos Invitational/Great Cow Run, covering the 3-mile Artesia HS course in 14:19.10.
Devin Pereira (Rocklin/SJ/Sr.) -- Winning for the third consecutive week, Pereira traveled down to Fresno where he took top honors at the Seawolf Invitational, running 5000-meter CIF-State Meet course at Woodward Park in 16:07.01.
Omar Reyes (El Camino/SD/Jr.) -- Winning for the second consecutive week, Reyes pulled away late in the elite boys race at the CCA Ravens Invitational, running the 3-mile campus course at Canyon Crest Academy in a course junior class record time of 14:34.20.
Cameron Rhone (Long Beach Poly/SS/Sr.) -- Rhone appropriately christened the new, and LBP-hosted, Southern California XC Opener, running the 3-mile Cal State Long Beach campus course in 14:38.21 to win the Varsity Boys race.
Photo by Dan Tyree