The Santa Barbara boys finished 17th in the Division 1&2 Team Sweepstakes and the girls 18th in the Division 2 open race at the prestigious Mt. SAC Cross Country Invitational.

Blaise Snow led the Dons’ boys, finishing 45th with a time of 16:02.

“That’s a great time for a sophomore who’s never seen that course before,” Santa Barbara coach Olivia Perdices said. “He got a taste of real championship-style cross country today and it’s going to serve him well when we come back in three weeks for CIF.”

Other scorers for the Santa Barbara boys were Andreas Dybdahl (92nd with 16:40), Oliver LeVine (103rd with 16:50), Xan Tassos (105th with 16:51) and Bode Andrulaitis (115th with 17:02).

The Santa Barbara girls were led by Ridley DeSoto in 58th place with 20:49. Other scorers were Mackenna Show (95th in 22:31), Arielle Feinberg (107th with 22:59), Mia Sanders (108th with 23:02) and Greta Mixon (112th with 23:17).

“Our girls ran hard today, and more importantly they know what they can do to run better when we come back here,” Perdices said. “This is a course where familiarity is a huge advantage and our top three were here for the first time today. That bodes well for us as we move on.”

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