Bri Personius

Sonora Wildcats 9th-grade cross country runner Bri Personius, age 14, won the 5,000-meter girls varsity event Tuesday afternoon in 19 minutes 15 seconds at the Mother Lode League finals meet staged at Frogtown Calaveras County Fairgrounds outside Angels Camp. (Guy McCarthy / Union Democrat)

Sonora Wildcats 9th-grade cross country runner Bri Personius won the 5,000-meter girls varsity event in 19 minutes 15 seconds at the Mother Lode League finals meet staged at Frogtown Calaveras County Fairgrounds outside Angels Camp.
 
“It’s pretty easy once you get up the hills,” Personius said after her victory. “We train for hills so I was ready for it.”
 
Katarina Borchin of Calaveras High School finished second and Sophia Vasquez of Summerville finished third in league finals that precede this weekend’s key Sac-Joaquin subsection finals at the same venue.
 
“This course the second mile is deadly for the varsity kids,” Glenn Bass, 80, the retired Sonora cross country coach who led Wildcats teams for 19 years, and fired the starting gun for all four events at Tuesday’s league finals. “The first mile is basically flat and the second is hilly, hilly, hilly.”
 
It’s one of the hardest courses in the state, Bret Harte sophomore Gracie Shaw said before she ran in the freshman/sophomore girls 2-mile event, adding she doesn’t like the hills.
 
In the boys varsity 5,000 meters, Jacob Christopher of Calaveras High School finished first in 16 minutes 17 seconds and Sonora’s Clayton Franco finished second in 16 minutes 42 seconds.
 
“It was pretty good,” Franco said after his run. “It was a little hot. The hills weren’t that bad.”
 
Frogtown is the usual venue for MLL finals meets and for the CIF Sac-Joaquin subsection finals, Bass said.
 
“The road to state championships in Fresno always goes through Frogtown,” Bass said.
 
For more about the 2019 Mother Lode League cross country finals at Frogtown see the Sports section in Thursday’s print edition of The Union Democrat.
 
Contact Guy McCarthy at gmccarthy@uniondemocrat.com or 588-4585. Follow him on Twitter at @GuyMcCarthy.

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