Local runners hope to make statement in Fresno

Woodward Park is the site of the culmination of the high school cross country season.

It's where a host of local runners will join hundreds in competing in the CIF State Cross Country Championships today. And it's happening early.

Davis High junior Roberto Rosas leads his team -- the surprise second-place team from last week's Sac-Joaquin Section Championships -- for the first race of the day. It begins at 8:30 a.m. Rosas and teammate Chris Izquierdo also have top-20 individual aspirations.

The Davis boys team is one of five local teams and 13 individuals who will run at Woodward Park today.

Modesto junior Rachel Van Nes is the lone local Division I girls runner. She placed sixth in the section championships two weeks ago.

Big Valley Christian sophomore Nathan Jackson has high hopes for the Division V race. He was the section Division V champion two weeks ago and a top-10 finish is definitely within the cards.

Some of the area's top individuals runners are all in the Division III boys race. Section champion Roberto Alvarez is from Weston Ranch, and he was followed at sections by Sonora's John Glick, Livingston's Juan Segundo and Ceres' Alejandro Garcia.

Two section team champions are also in the mix, both in Division V. Sierra Ridge's boys team was a champion in Folsom two weeks ago, as was the Big Valley Christian girls team.

Bee staff writer Will DeBoard can be reached

at or 578-2300.

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