Gorze, Herriman Boys & Buchanan Girls Roll At Woodbridge

* Crater's Tyrone Gorze put down a historic performance on Friday at Woodbridge

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The fastest race on California soil once again featured a selection of America's brightest talents on Friday at the Woodbridge Cross Country Classic, as Oregon superstar Tyrone Gorze clocked the fourth-fastest 3-mile time in history to win the boys sweepstakes race in 13:42.8. 

The course differed from last year's historic marks, going back to a version five seasons ago at Irvine's Great Park. Last year's installment was held at Norco's Silverlakes Sports Complex. 

But spectacularly enough, he was one of six boys to go under 14 minutes, including runner-up Tayson Echohawk or Orem (13:49.3), Liam Heninger of Mountain View (13:55.2), Jason Parra of Millikan (13:56.5), Josiah Tostenson of Crater (13:57.4) and Bille Issa of West Ranch (13:57.9).

One of Newbury Park's top varsity members, Aaron Sahlman, was the lone individual from the nation's top team to run in the sweepstakes race and he finished seventh overall in 14:07.7 -- teammate Aaron Cantu was in the rated varsity race and ran 14:40.6. 

Perhaps, though, the most revealing performance was from that of Herriman (UT), the talented program from North Utah led by Doug Soles. 

Downing the third-ranked team in the nation, Southlake Carroll (TX) -- which finished third with 160 points -- along with Crater (139 points), Herriman notched its biggest win of the season with 117 points. 

In doing so, it also put much of the nation's top teams on notice. 


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Soles, the former Great Oak (CA) coach, put together a lineup that featured two runners in the top 20, two more in the top 45 and his final scorer in the top 80 places -- the field was 229 strong. 

Great Oak, the sixth-ranked team this preseason, was fifth overall. Granada, the nation's 12th-ranked team from California, was fourth. The Woodlands, ninth-ranked to begin the season, was ninth in the field of 29. 

Clearly understanding the size ands scope of the race -- Soles had long featured his Great Oak teams at Woodbridge -- it was impressive that Herriman ran so well in their first time out, beating one of Oregon's top units, Crater, along with Orem

Gorze, who finished seventh at Eastbay Nationals in 2021, was running in his first race of the cross country season following his appearance at the World U20 Championships in Colombia -- he was 12th in the 5K. 

The Oregon star, ranked No. 3 on the MileSplit50 individual rankings this week, clearly accounted himself well. Many expected the Pacific Northwester to compete at this level. 

Echohawk and Heninger, the 10th-ranked and 11th-ranked runners in the country, also ran to form. Though big statements were made from Parra, Tostenson and Issa.

Mens 3 Miles Race 52 - Doug Speck Sweeps Results
  Pl Athlete                   Yr Team                           Time
   1 Tyrone Gorze              12 Crater                      13:42.8 
   2 Tayson Echohawk           12 Orem                        13:49.3 
   3 Liam Heninger             12 Mountain View               13:55.2 
   4 Jason Parra               11 Millikan                    13:56.5 
   5 Josiah Tostenson          10 Crater                      13:57.4 
   6 Bille Issa                11 West Ranch                  13:57.9 
   7 Aaron Sahlman             12 Newbury Park                14:01.7 
   8 Noah Jenkins              12 Herriman                    14:01.9 
   9 Matthew Donis             12 Highland (SS)               14:04.8 
  10 Landon Pretre             10 Menlo                       14:06.7 
  11 Carter Spradling          11 Clovis East                 14:07.0 
  12 Austin Westfall           11 Orem                        14:09.2 
  13 Omar Reyes                11 El Camino (Oceanside)       14:11.1 
  14 William Horne             12 Herriman                    14:12.0 
  15 Grant Morgenfeld          11 Palo Alto                   14:13.0 
  16 Christopher Caudillo      12 Clovis                      14:13.3 
  17 Ryan Thomas               12 Torrey Pines                14:17.7 
  18 Broen Holman              10 Sonora                      14:17.9 
  19 Daegan Cutter             12 Redwood (Larkspur)          14:18.8 
  20 Logan Cantu               12 Southlake Carroll           14:20.7 
  21 Parker Barnes             12 Mountain View               14:21.7 
  22 Kenny Wanlass             12 Newport Harbor              14:21.9 
  23 Dheeraj Gurusamy          12 Granada                     14:22.3 
  24 Roland Ruckmann-Barnes    12 Granada                     14:22.8 
  25 Andrew Richards           12 Dougherty Valley            14:23.1 

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Of note: Hartington-Newcastle's Carson Noecker won the rated race in 13:49.7 ...Southlake Carroll's boys won that installment with a total of 143 points, over Herriman's B-squad, which finished with 183 ...Orem's girls won the rated race with 143 points ...Lydia Beus won the race in a time of 16:29.8.

Girls Sweepstakes

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Putting a notch up on Dalia Frias, who set the fastest 3-mile mark in cross country history a year ago at this same event -- but different venue -- Sadie Engelhardt wasn't leaving anything to chance. 

The sophomore from Ventura HS in California, who let Frias and Co. run away from her a season ago as she finished seventh, did not let up a single ounce, surpassed Frias' mark by less than a second to take the win in 15:42.6. 

The performance from the No. 7 ranked runner on the MileSplit50 was a 22-second improvement from last season. 

Oaks Christian's Payton Godsey was the only other female under 16, crossing the line in 15:51.9, while Flower Mound starlet Samantha Humphries was third in 16:03.2 and Southlake Carroll's Alexandra Walsh was fourth in 16:03.5. Arapahoe No. 1 Emily Lamontagne was fifth in in 16:05.4.

Perhaps a bit strategically, Buchanan's Sydney Sundgren held back and finished 10th, clocking a time of 16;14.7 alongside teammate Elle Lomeli, who was 11th in 16:15.3 and Kynzlee Buckley, who was 13th in 16:19.6. 

The Clovis-based squad, ranked third in the national polls to begin the season, saw the payoff of that work, winning the Sweepstakes with 91 points.

Southlake Carroll, which was an honorable mention pick to begin the season, was second overall with 107 points while sixth-ranked Cuthbertson was third (129), JSerra was fourth (175), 10th-ranked Flower Mound was fifth (178), fourth-ranked Arapahoe was sixth (220). 

A total of 19 girls broke 16:30 for three miles, including Mia Hall (12th, 16:17.3), Mountain View's Mari Konold (16th, 16:21.9) and Newbury Park's Ailish Hawkins (17th, 16:22.3) and Tiffany Sax (18th, 16:24.0).

Womens 3 Miles Race 51 - Bob Day Sweeps Results
  Pl Athlete                   Yr Team                           Time
   1 Sadie Engelhardt          10 Ventura                     15:42.6 
   2 Payton Godsey             11 Oaks Christian              15:51.9 
   3 Samantha Humphries        11 Lewisville Flower Mound     16:03.2 
   4 Alexandra Walsh           11 Southlake Carroll           16:03.5 
   5 Emily Lamontagne          12 Arapahoe                    16:05.4 
   6 Stella Kermes             11 Cuthbertson                 16:09.0 
   7 Brynn Garcia              10 J Serra Catholic            16:09.7 
   8 Ava Mitchell              12 Arapahoe                    16:11.8 
   9 Julie Moore               10 Mountain View               16:11.9 
  10 Sydney Sundgren           12 Buchanan                    16:14.7 
  11 Elle Lomeli               10 Buchanan                    16:15.3 
  12 Mia Hall                  12 Flagstaff                   16:17.3 
  13 Kynzlee Buckley            9 Buchanan                    16:19.6 
  14 Tessa Buswell             11 Poway                       16:20.4 
  15 Ava Bushaw                12 Southlake Carroll           16:20.9 
  16 Mari Konold               12 Mountain View               16:21.9 
  17 Ailish Hawkins            12 Newbury Park                16:22.3 
  18 Tiffany Sax               10 Newbury Park                16:24.0 
  19 Brianne Smith             12 Quartz Hill                 16:28.9 
  20 Charlotte Bell            11 Cuthbertson                 16:34.6 
  21 Summer Wilson              9 J Serra Catholic            16:36.5 
  22 Rylee Blade               10 Santiago (Corona)           16:39.6 
  23 Cameron Macias             9 Clovis West                 16:41.0 
  24 Jadyn Zdanavage           12 Portola (Irvine)            16:41.4 
  25 Alyssa Preisano           12 Cuthbertson                 16:41.5