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Crazy Matchups At Woodbridge

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Talk about a crazy race. 

The girls sweepstakes race at Woodbridge featured an onslaught of rich talent, including Buchanan junior Corie Smith, Great Oak (CA) junior Tori Gaitan, Walnut (CA) senior Chloe Arriaga, Oak Park (CA) senior Sarah Shulze, Smith's teammate Meagen Lowe, and Arizona stud Samantha Schadler of Rio Rico (CA). 

The verdict? 

Gaitan may have scooped up the best win of her career. 

The Wolfpack's No. 1 not only scored an overall win in the sweepstakes race, running the No. 7 fastest time on the course in 16:06.10 and earning a 145 speed rating, but she also led Great Oak to a big win, too, helping the team score a winning-mark of 84 points. 

Junior Arianna Griffiths was eighth with a 138 rating and senior Fatima Cortes was 15th with a 131 as the squad put four runners in the top 22 and its fifth in 76th place. Desert Hills, traveling from Arizona, was second with 145 points and Granada, the Division I contender in California this fall, was third with 156. Southlake Carroll, traveling west from Texas, finished fifth with 224 points. 

Gaitan ultimately defeated the defending CIF Division I champ Smith, who was second in 16:11.10 with a 143 speed rating. Arriaga was third in 16:11.50 with a 143, Shulze was fourth in 16:12.90 with a 143 and Lowe rounded out the top five in 16:14.70 with a 142. 

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Girls Individual Sweepstakes Results

1Tori Gaitan11Great Oak High School (SS)16:06.101
2Corie Smith11Buchanan High School (CS)16:11.100
3Chloe Arriaga12Walnut High (SS)16:11.502
4Sarah Shulze12Oak Park High (SS)16:12.900
5Meagen Lowe12Buchanan High School (CS)16:14.700
6Samantha Schadler12Rio Rico High School16:14.800
7Colleen Mccandless12Granada High (NC)16:24.303
8Arianna Griffiths11Great Oak High School (SS)16:27.304
9Mikaela Ramirez12Ayala High School (SS)16:29.905
10Tiani Goeson9Serrano High School (SS)16:36.006
11Halena Rahmaan12Montgomery16:38.100
12Allison Wilson12Montgomery16:39.100
13Jacqueline Duarte10Chino Hills High School (SS)16:40.500
14Bailey Brinkerhoff12Desert Hills High School16:47.207
15Fatima Cortes12Great Oak High School (SS)16:47.608

The Boys Race Was Just As Crazy

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Coming off a big win at the Laguna Hills Invitational, Rubidoux's Kevin Ramos seemed to be the individual favorite to win the boys sweepstakes race at Woodbridge. 

Not so fast. 

Meet Newbury Park (CA) High School junior Nico Young, who clocked the No. 4 fastest 3-mile time on the Silverlakes Sports Park course with a winning time of 14:01.10. His team was second overall, too. 

The dude was 96th last year! 

His best on this course was 15:17.90, which marked a 77-second improvement. He didn't qualify for the CIF cross country championships last year. 

So it would be safe to assume hardly anyone--outside of Young's coaches or teammates--knew what he was capable of on Saturday. 

Fortunately for Young, who earned a 189 speed rating for the effort, his secret is out, and the Californian's display at Woodbridge will keep him in the conversation as one of the top athletes in the state throughout the fall. 

Ramos was second overall in 14:03.4, earning a 188 speed rating just a week after producing a 189. 

Meanwhile, in the team race it was Great Oak's race to win, and the Wolfpack certainly showed up nicely, scoring 83 points on a 24-second spread to win safely. 

Junior Gabriel Abbes led with an eighth-place finish and a time of 14:17.50, while the program's top five all were through the finish by the 34th position. 

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Boys Individual Sweepstakes Results

1Nico Young11Newbury Park High School (SS)14:01.101
2Kevin Ramos12Rubidoux High (SS)14:03.400
3Marcus Mota12Stockdale High School (CS)14:05.400
4Loic Scomparin12Dublin High School (NC)14:07.102
5William Frankenfeld12Long Beach Poly (SS)14:07.603
6Joey Nokes12Riverton14:12.604
7Ivan Mendez12Monache High (CS)14:16.500
8Gabriel Abbes11Great Oak High School (SS)14:17.505
9Isaiah Seidman12West Ranch (SS)14:18.506
10Evan Bates12West Ranch (SS)14:21.407
11Tyler Tickner12Great Oak High School (SS)14:22.208
13Ethan Ronk12Newbury Park High School (SS)14:23.809
14Lee Nasewytewa12Desert Vista High School14:25.9010
15Josh O'neill12Trabuco Hills High School (SS)14:28.6011