The Warrior girls varsity cross country team will be advancing to section championships, and Kitto Gonzales advances as an individual in the boys subsection meet at Frogtown in Angels Camp.

This was only the second time in 14 years that a Galt cross country team advanced to the section championships.

In the girls varsity race 3-mile, Galt finished ninth as a team and were led by Cheyenne Ulrich in 15th place (20:24.7) and Emilyann Sheldon in 18th place (20:27.1).

Galt’s third runner in was Julie Sporleder in 69th place (23:03.0); then came Catalina Mejia Beas in 76th place (23:18.0), Gloria Arana in 77th place (23:19.9); Ysabella Sosa finished in 89th place (24:20.0), Nora Werdon in 93rd place (24:42.9) and Victoria Granados (26:21.9). 

Cheyenne, Emilyann, Gloria, Ysabella and Victoria achieved PRs (personal records) at the 3-mile distance, and Julie had a season best.

In the boys 3-mile course, Kitto Gonzales finished in 13th place (16:25.0).

Logan Rose was Galt’s second finisher in 57th place (18:00.6). Chase Munn was next in 58th place (18:01.2), freshman Nathan Vaden was Galt’s fourth place team finisher (19:17.3) followed by Dalton Corriea (20:23.7).

Kitto’s time was a new PR and School Record at the 3-mile distance. Logan, Chase, Nathan and Anthony also had personal bests. Dalton had a season best.

Head Coach Bruce Peterson looks forward to this team’s future. “I was very encouraged by our runners and how they performed,” said Peterson.  “It was a tough week leading up to this race as some of our runners were dealing with illness and injuries. As a team, we have much to look forward to. We have a good mix of varsity runners and young runners. It is exciting for everyone that we are able to advance to the CIF SJS Section Championships.”

The team will be competing in the section championships at the Willow Hills course in Folsom.