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Runners Off To Fresno For State Meet Saturday
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The 2013 CIF State Cross Country Championships presented by Farmers are on Saturday, Nov. 30, at Woodward Park in Fresno, the only home the event has ever known since 1987. The 5,000-meter course has hard packed dirt trails with some grass and asphalt. It features mild ups and downs over rolling hills with one steep short hill. The top three teams and 10 individuals in each race will receive awards in all five divisions for both boys and girls. Visit the State CIF website at for complete listing of entries.

Riverbank will be represented at the State Meet by both the varsity boys and varsity girls teams, as each won a Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV title in Folsom earlier this month. Varsity girl standout Mikayla Florez is also aiming to break into the top 10 individually at the event.

Chips Timing, a system that helps identify runners as they cross strategically placed electronic mats throughout the course and can accurately chart athletes split and finish times, will be used for the fifth straight season.

Three-time State Champion Sarah Baxter of Simi Valley seeks to become only the third runner to capture four individual State Championships in girls’ State meet history. Additionally, Saugus girls (D-II) will be in the hunt for their eighth consecutive State title, while San Francisco University girls (D-V) are looking to win a State-record 11th overall team title.

The Arcadia boys’ team looks to win back-to-back Division I team Championships, while individually Trevor Reinhart of Marin Academy also looks to repeat as the Division V State Champion.

General admission for the event is $10 for adults and $5 for children. Tickets may be purchased at the park Friday, Nov. 29, from noon to 4 p.m., and throughout the day on Saturday, Nov.30.