Hosting Sacramento Valley League opponents Live Oak, Pierce, Willows, and Winters Sept. 14 in a preview meet on their newly renovated course at the Colusa-Sacramento River State Recreation Area, the 30-plus member RedHawks squad served notice that they are a force to be reckoned with this season.
Picking up where he left off a season ago, Colusa senior and 2021 state qualifier Kevin Sarabia posted the fastest time of the afternoon, outpacing 29 competitors with a 19:08 time in the 3.1 mile varsity boys race.
Directly behind Sarabia were three RedHawks teammates: Benji Granados (19:53), Cesar Cruz (19:57), and Jose Ceron (19:59) who finished second, third and fourth respectively.
Jared Sager (21:37) crossed the line in seventh place to round out Colusa’s team, while the Bears’ Jamison Porter (23:26) was 10th.
Pierce made a strong showing in the varsity girls race with Isabel Alvarado (31:15) winding up fourth, Yazmin Szmurlo (32:27) sixth, and Celeste Grajeda (34:11) seventh.
Two Colusa harriers also cracked the top 10 in the race with Estefania Gutierrez (32:18) in fifth and Naomi Munoz-Silva (34:26) in 10th place.
The RedHawks dominated both of the Frosh-Soph contests, with the Colusa boys shutting out the competition by capturing the first five spots, while the girls had four of the top five finishers.
Rafa Avila (13:06) set a blistering pace on the 2.1 mile course to win the race, and was followed by teammates Luis Flores (13:24), Klayten Wright (13:39), Trenton Griffith (13:40), and Edwin Fierros (13:54).
Colusa’s Rajdeep Shoker (15:41) won the JV girls race, while Bella Badaluco (16:26) ended in second place, Gisselle Valdes (17:20) was fourth, and Shaleen Orr (17:29) fifth.
Pierce’s Karina Grajedra (17:00) took the third spot.
SVL teams made the trek to Magalia on Wednesday for their first league meet, which was hosted by Paradise. ■