The Union Democrat Sports Department

The Summerville Bear and Sonora Wildcat cross country teams competed at the prestigious Stanford Invitationalon Saturday.

The meet draws some of the fastest high school long-distance runners in the country and several teams travel from out of state. The No. 2 runner in the seeded race came from Washington state.

Sonora senior Steven Grolle ran in that prestigious race and finished 31st out of a field of 229 and 32 teams.

He finished the 5,000m track in16:18, a5:15per mile pace.

Sonora and Summerville finished neck-and-neck in Division IV with the Cats in 23rd with 656 points and the Bears 24th with 668.

Bears Chris Hoffman-Brady and freshman Jackson McIlroy led the local boys in the 245 runner field.

Hoffman-Brady finished 63rd and McIlroy was 77th in17:27 and 17:35, respectively.

Sonora ran in a tight pack led by Shaan French Jr. in 97th place in17:57, a5:47per mile pace.

Cat teammates Thomas Kruetzfeldt and Paul Mika finished just two seconds back (17:59) but finished four and six sports behind in 101st and 103rd, respectively. Patrick McConnell was 173rd (19:08) and Sean Brennan was 181st (19:31).

For the Bears, Colby Dibble was 191st (19:16), Stephen Higginbotham was 193rd (19:29), Gaige Stewart was 198th (19:32) and Devon Groff was 208th (19:46).

The Bears girls were led by Kiki Cazares and Maya Roe, who finished in 86th and 111th, respectively out of a 222 runner field. The girls finished in 26th out of 31 teams. Cazares' time was21:23with Roe at21:55.

The Bears will travel to Woodward Lake near Oakdaleon Wednesdayfor the Escalon Invitational while the Cats will compete at the Wildfire Inviteon Saturdayat Foresthill.

Cat polo girls up to Challenge in Woodland

The Sonora Wildcat girls water polo team won three of four gamesSaturdayat the California Capital Challenge in Woodland to earn third place in its respective bracket.

All four games were close with Sonora pulling out two victories late, including one ending in a golden goal.

"This was a big step forward for us with two come-from-behind victories, including a sudden death overtime win vs. Carondolet," said Wildcat head coach Matt Personius. "We picked up our scoring from set offense, center, and counterattacks and continue to improve on defense."

The Wildcats opened with wins over Oakmont (10-6) and Carondolet (7-6) before falling to Lincoln (9-6). They ended the tournament with a bit of revenge, defeating Nevada Union 7-6 and avenging a loss from two weeks ago in the Sierra Shootout.

"With two big league games coming up against Kimball (Thursday, at Tracy) and Oakdale (Oct. 8, home) in the next 10 days," Personius said, "We have our work cut out for us."

Robinson, Heryford lead Skins, Frogs at VFL mid-year tourney

Calaveras' Taylor Robinson shot a 93 to earn co-low score honors while Bret Harte's Jaymie Heryford carded a third place 97on Mondayto lead the Bullfrogs to a third place finish in the Valley Foothill League North Mid-Year Tournament at Micke Grove Golf Course in Lodi.

"Heryford contiues to play well for us," said Bret Harte head coach Rich Cathcart, whose Bullfrogs travel today to face tourney winner Escalon.

The Bullfrogs team score of 446 was four shots behind Ripon and 24 behind Escalon. Calaveras finished fifth with a 485, just behind Linden's 471.

Also for Bret Harte, Rilee Hillman shot a 107, Keryn Thompson a 111, Hannah Ellsworth a 131, Nicole Ayala a 137 and Lily Jackson a 147. The top four scores count toward the team total.