Olive Peirce runners excel at Mt. SAC Invitational

Olive Peirce Middle School Cross Country team competes at Mt. Sac’s 64th annual Invitational on Friday. Coach J.J. Sclar is top right and Coach Julie Doria is top left.
Olive Peirce Middle School Cross Country team competes at Mt. Sac’s 64th annual Invitational on Friday. Coach J.J. Sclar is top right and Coach Julie Doria is top left.

By Joe Naiman

The seventh-grade and eighth-grade races at the Mt. SAC Invitational cross country meet included top-five finishes by all three Olive Peirce Middle School teams with enough runners to be scored along with three individual top-five finishes.

Twenty-eight boys and 10 girls represented Olive Peirce in the Oct. 15 races on the 1.2-mile course on the Mount San Antonio College campus in Walnut. Olive Peirce’s eighth-grade girls finished second among 38 teams, and the eighth-grade boys and seventh-grade boys both finished fifth among 33 squads.

“They did great,” said Coach J.J. Sclar. “The runners ran really smart.”

The eighth-grade girls race had 322 runners, including six from Olive Peirce. Ciara Lucas placed third overall with a time of 9:09, and Kori Cortez was fourth at 9:11.

“It was a huge feat,” Sclar said of two Olive Peirce runners in the top five.

Perla Cruz took 9:54 to capture 19th place, Hannah Farhat’s time of 10:05 was worth 24th place, Emily Sojourner had the 49th-place time of 10:42, and Lexie Hall’s time of 12:33 earned 111th place.

The 22 Olive Peirce students in the eighth-grade boys race were led by Logan White, whose time of 7:58 placed him fourth among the race’s 285 runners. Joey Jauregui had a 31st-place time of 8:37, Gabe Plendcio was 38th at 8:54, Anthony Meza earned 49th place after completing the course in 9:08, Noah Price took 9:35 to finish 74th, Brandon Carlino’s time of 9:38 gave him 75th place, Carlos Morales received 77th place after taking 9:40, Kyle Jordan spent 10:07 on the course to earn 108th place, Jackson Sutter’s time of 10:15 produced 118th place, and Kenneth Durseindt earned 119th place 10:18 after the starter’s gun was fired.

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Olive Peirce Middle School eighth-grade girls cross country team places second overall at Mt. Sac’s 64th invitational, missing first place by only 3 points. Coach J.J. Sclar is at top right, and Coach Julie Doria is top left.

Olive Peirce had six of the 312 runners in the seventh-grade boys race. Noah Hirsch was 12th with a time of 8:55, J.T. Roulier finished 19th and had a time of 9:06, Trevor White’s time of 9:33 gave him 31st place, Colton Meskell had the 32nd-place time of 9:35, Jason Beals was the 48th finisher after completing the course in 10:12, and Ian Cirillo placed 53rd after taking 10:24.

Olive Peirce only had four runners in the seventh-grade girls race, which was not enough for a team score. Marissa Talle placed 28th among the 295 runners with a time of 10:25, Nicole Pshsnychnik had a time of 10:53 which was worth 41st place, Brante Roe was the 113th finisher and had a time of 13:06, and Jessica Gallego spent 13:07 on the course and placed 114th.

Sclar noted that the event was also enjoyable.

“Beyond our team doing really well scoring-wise, it was just a great day,” he said. “It was great to be the coach.”

   
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