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Lady Beavers Finish Second again at the Lou Vasquez Invite In Golden Gate Park, San Francisco

Golden Gate Park, SF

September 18, 2014

With the addition of 2 new beavers, the lady beavers had 8 finishers in the Lou Vasquez Invite on Sept. 18th.   They finished a respectable 2nd, behind Hartnell, jumping ahead of Sequoias, Delta and Butte (who were previously ranked ahead of them). 

No surprise, the squad was led by their dominate freshman, Jenica Dodge, who completed the 5K course in 18:54.  Dodge (pictured above) was second despite the wrong turn near the finish at the polo field. 

Laura Cox was the second Beaver finisher in 19th overall with her 20:36.  Jocelyn Stillwell was 2 seconds back for 20th place followed by Freshman Cheyenne Drury (Former El Camino HS).  Drury, a former softball standout debuted in her first ever Cross-Country Race finishing 24th in 20:47. 

Rounding out the top five Beavers was Ashlyn Hardin (former Del Campo HS) freshman, also completed her first collegiate cross-country competition finishing 29th in 21:04.

Other ARC finishers included Jocelyn Schmidt, 30th in 21:06, Maria Rojo in 49th at 22:42, Sydney Simmen in 54th at 23:04 and Autumn Edgar in 60th at 24:00.

Coach Powless adds, “the ladies cut a minute off their combined time and brought their 1-5 spread/gap down to just over 2 min, so we are definitely moving in the right direction.  It’s going to be a competitive and exciting season now”.

Team Scores:   (Scored by combined top 5 times)

  1. Hartnell………..…..……99:33
  2. American River.…….101:59
  3. Sequoias ………………103:03
  4. Delta…………………….104:03
  5. Butte…….……………..104:38
  6. Fresno………………….105:11
  7. Modesto……………….107:20
  8. De Anza………………..109:21

Next up for the lady Beavers will be the Crystal Springs Invitational in San Mateo on Fri. 9/26.

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ARC Women’s Cross Country Finishes Second at Big 8 Preview Meet at Granite Regional Park

September 13, 2014

WXC September 13

Freshman Cross Country Athlete, Jenica Dodge (Former Whitney HS) once again led the lady beavers by winning the Big 8 Preview Meet at Granite Regional Park on Sept. 13th.  After finishing 2nd overall in the Fresno Invitational last week (with her 18:43), she posted the same time again at the Panther Invitational with a 45 second gap  over the next place finisher.

Freshman Laura Cox (former Sheldon HS) was the next beaver finisher in 13th overall with 20:31 followed by freshman Jocelyn Stillwell (Dixon HS) in 17th at 21:05.   ARC sophomore Jocelyn Schmidt (Bella Vista HS) was 19th in 21:08, followed by Freshman Mayra Villa (Piner HS) in 22nd with her 21:27.

Rounding out the top seven for the beavers included Freshman Autumn Edgar (Bella Vista HS) 26th in 22:42 and Freshman Maria Rojo (King City HS) 27th in 22:50.

In addition, Freshman Sydney Simmen (Elk Grove HS) finished 32ndin 23:25.

“It was a better team performance for us than last week in Fresno, but we are still without our complete squad.  We are looking forward to next week In San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park at the Lou Vasquez Invitational for much better team result”, says Coach Powless.

Team Scores:

San Joauqin Delta  61
American River
De Anza
Diablo Valley
Santa Rosa


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Fresno Invitational

Fresno Invitational – Woodward Park, Fresno

 September 6, 2014

The 3-time defending California State champions ran well enough on the state championships course for 3rd place out of the 19 teams competing. College of the Canyons won the 4-mile race with a score of 64 points. MtSAC was 2nd with 80 and the Beavers were third with 108. ARC was fresh off a 5-mile race last week and showed the effects late in the race as they faded in the last mile. ARC’s #1 runner was freshman Abdul Hamid, running his first race of the year, in a time of 21:18. He was followed closely by Aidan Schraer (21:22), Sean Jagerson (21:22), Jason Morris (21:40), Patrick Jagerson (21:43), David French (21:44), Sean Gregg (21:44), Galen Fritz (21:49), and Xavier Gaulman (21:51). Only 33 seconds separated the Beavers 1st through 9th runners (and only a 25 second top 5 gap), but with no front runners in the race ARC had no chance of beating Canyons or MtSAC. Next weekend the Beavers are off, followed by a Thursday race for the “B” team in San Francisco and a Friday trip to the SoCal Preview in LA for the “A” team.

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ARC offers 20 intercollegiate sports for men and women, with over 500 student-athletes. ARC is a member of the Big 8 Conference for all sports except football, which competes in the Northern California Football Association (NCFA).

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