MANSON - With the season coming to a close, the Manson Trojans once again performed very well at the state meet at Pasco, Saturday, Nov. 4 at Sun Willows Golf Course. The Trojans placing 5th out of 16 teams, Coach Sanford was very pleased with all 7 athletes’ performances including Eddie Sarmiento placing 13th over with a personal best of 16:59. Eddie has been a consistent runner all season and very dedicated to the program. Following Eddie was Connor Torgensen placing 19th with another personal best of 17:20 placing 19th overall. Connor has been a tremendous asset to the team and another consistent performer for Manson.
Eddie’s brother was Jonathan Sarmiento and as a freshman did very well placing 67th with a time of 18:18. Grant Torgesen another freshman has just gotten better with every race. Grant placed 53rd with a time of 18:05. Juan Portillo was our 5 th place finishers with a time of 18:27 placing 82nd. Both Grant and Juan may be small in stature, but big at heart, both are irreplaceable.
The top 5 runners contribute to the team’s score. Placing 6th for the team was Jose Vazquez, 108th overall, with a time of 19:02 followed by Bryce LaMar placing 123rd with a time of 19:32.
This closes the 2017 XC season with an anticipation for next year with faster and stronger athlete as we set our sights on a podium position at the state level. Coach Sanford looks to next year with the hopes of bringing a girls and boys team to the state competition.
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