Riverbank High's German Fernandez smashed his own five-kilometer (3.1 miles) course record Saturday in the Sierra Invitational cross country meet at Tuolumne River Regional Park.
Fernandez won the boys race with an impressive early-season time of 14 minutes, 47 seconds. The old record, set in 2005, was 16:01.
Fernandez, ranked the top Division IV runner in the state, ran the first mile in 4:33 and the second in 4:48. Andrew Ray of Buhach Colony was second in 16:35.
Beyer's Crystal Esparza won the varsity girls division in 18:44, six seconds off 2005 state champion Maritza Garcia's course record.
Sarah Rico of West-Tracy was second in 19:40.
Thirty-two teams competed.
ATWATER'S URIOSTEGUI 2ND, at Vacaville -- Atwater High sophomore Stephany Uriostegui finished second at the Lagoon Valley Classic, clocking 19:03 on the challenging 3-mile course.
Uriostegui finished ahead of a number of state-meet veterans, trailing only Section champion Laurynne Chetelat of Davis Yolo.
Uriostegui was the Central California Conference 3200-meter champion and cross country runner-up as a ninth- grader.
JC Men's Cross Country
MJC, at ARC Beaver Invitational (Sacramento) -- Resting its top four runners, MJC placed 11th led by John Rea from Weston Ranch High. Rea placed 39th out of 120 runners with a time of 23:31 over the 4-mile course. Kevin Cooper, a state meet qualifier in track, placed 62nd in 24:29.
JC Women's Cross Country
MJC, at ARC Beaver Invitational -- Modesto finished third out of six teams behind Diablo Valley and American River on the 3-mile course. The Pirates were led by freshmen Ana Mendez (5th, 20:28) and Natalie Benoy (11th, 21:19). The top 14 finishers received awards. Mendez is from Livingston High, Benoy from Atwater High. Caitlin Roake of San Mateo won in 19:41.
MJC coach Mary Shea said, "Ana only competed two years in high school; she is progressing exceptionally well so early in the season."
FOOTHILL 52, MERCED 7, at Los Altos -- Merced (0-2) started the game by marching 76 yards down the field, scoring on a 2-yard run by David Del Toro, but after that it was all Foothill (2-0). The host scored 24 points in the second quarter and led 38-7 at the half.
Boys Water Polo
TURLOCK HIGH, at John Schmitt Tournament (San Jose) -- Turlock won just one of three games on the second day of the 32-team event, but that was an exciting 8-7 come-from-behind overtime victory over Merced. Zach Young had three goals in that game and Eric Bonander and Brian Keesey two each.
Also Saturday, Turlock lost 7-3 to Lodi and, in the game for 21st place, 7-1 to Golden West. Turlock was 1-1 Friday.
HUMBOLDT ST. 3, CSU STANISLAUS 1, at Arcata -- The Warriors rallied to win Game 2, but the momentum shifted in Game 3 and the Lumberjacks (5-5, 1-1 CCAA) won 30-24, 28-30, 30-23, 30-14.
Four Lumberjacks had at least 10 kills -- Danielle Wells, the 5-foot-10 soph middle blocker out of Ripon High, had 12. Debbie Vander Schaaf led Stanislaus (2-8, 0-2) with 13 and Nicole Musso had 11. Megan Britton had 27 digs.
Behind for most of Game 2, Stanislaus rolled off eight of the last nine points, including the final seven. Vander Schaaf had a kill to get the side out and served three aces during that stretch.