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Alder Creek runners advance to regional Junior Olympics

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Pictured left to right, Alder Creek Middle School runners Isabella Terrazas, Carly Davis, Amelia Swanson, Hana Mazur and Caitlin Smith qualified to run at the USATF Region 14 Junior Olympics. Coach Dwight Smith is also pictured.

After capping the season with a Tah-Neva League championship in October, the Alder Creek Middle School sixth- and seventh-grade cross-country team sent five athletes to compete in the USATF Pacific Association District Junior Olympic meet in Folsom.

Led by coach Dwight Smith, Isabella Terrazas, Carly Davis, Hana Mazur, Amelia Swanson and Caitlin Smith combined for a second-place finish against large year-round teams from across Northern California.

The result qualified the Alder Creek runners to compete in the USATF Region 14 Junior Olympics on Sunday, Nov. 30, also in Folsom.

In addition, four of the girls qualified individually in the 3-kilometer run. Terrazas placed fourth with a time of 11:47, Davis finished eighth in 12:18, Mazur was 13th in 12:32 and Swanson 19th in 12:49.

Top individual runners and teams from the USATF Region 14 Junior Olympics will be eligible to run in the USATF National Junior Olympics in South Carolina in December.