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Great Oak boys win Woodbridge sweeps; girls second, Serrano girls third

By in Press Enterprise on September 17, 2017

By Landon Negri

NORCO — It’s the first major cross country invitational of the season, so the Woodbridge Classic always has surprises. This year, many were pleasant for Inland Empire teams.

As for the constant Saturday night? A Great Oak team again won a Woodbridge sweepstakes race.

Great Oak’s boys, ranked No. 1 in the state by and No. 4 nationally by, won the Woodbridge sweeps race for the third time in four years in a 35-point victory over Phoenix Desert Vista on a cool evening at Silverlakes Sports Complex.

The Great Oak girls, ranked eighth nationally, placed second in the girls sweeps behind Clovis Buchanan by 24 points. The two teams are ranked 1-2 in the state, switched, depending on the poll.

For the boys, senior Carlos Carvajal paced the Wolfpack with a fifth-place finish in 14 minutes, 20.4 seconds in a race dominated by two other Inland-area runners — Redlands East Valley senior Elias Opsahl, the runner-up in 14:01.6, and Rubidoux junior Kevin Ramos, who led for much of the second mile before settling for third in 14:03.5.

“I’m definitely proud of these guys,” Carvajal said of his teammates. “Coming into this meet, we knew we had a lot of pressure on us. … We wanted to show what we had. I don’t think we did that to the fullest, but we definitely still had a good race.”

Following Carvajal to score for Great Oak was sophomore Gabe Abbes (16th, 14:32), senior Jacob Korgan (24th, 14:39.3), junior Ryan Shields (32nd, 14:44.4) and senior Gavin Korby (45th, 14:50.6).

“I think this is a little bit of a confidence booster,” Carvajal said, “but we know we have a lot of work to do.”

Ramos said something similar, as he’s had quite the start to the season. Following up on last week, when he ran the No. 2 time in […]    

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