DVC Cross Country: 2nd and 3rd at George Brooks Invitational


Dominique Caston gets ready for the First Annual George Brooks Invitational at Hidden Lakes Park in Martinez. Caston finished 1st for DVC and 5th overall.

Ryan Peters, Staff writer

The Diablo Valley Cross Country team earned a second place finish for the men and a third place finish for the women in Friday’s First Annual George Brooks Invitational meet at Hidden Lakes Park in Martinez.

The women’s 5k run flew by, with the winning time of 19:32. Kate Sallstrom placed 1st for DVC and 4th overall in the event. Behind her, Carmen Martinez came in 32 seconds later to post an 8th place finish. At 21:18, Kaeli Hancock placed 10th overall and 3rd for DVC.

“I feel like I left it all out there, especially in the last 100 meters,” said Sallstrom after the race.

In the men’s 4.1 mile event, DVC stacked up numerous top 20 finishes. First for DVC and 5th overall, Dominique Caston started strong and held his pace for a time of 23:20. Dylan Winn followed him in 10th overall with a time of 23:27. In third place, Damian Kellogg finished in 24:06.

Friday’s race was a practice run for the Big 8 Conference event that will feature the same course on Oct. 26. Volunteer Jim H. stated, “Everything went smooth and the races went off without a hitch.”

Coach Shelly Pierson worked her runners up to the meet, so they went into the meet fatigued. She wanted to use this meet as a practice run and allow for something to build on.

Pierson said that in spite of this being more of a training run, her teams placed in the top three of both events. “A second place finish and a third place finish…happy coach,” said Pierson.

Women’s Top Five

For DVC (5K)

Men’s Top Five

For DVC 4.1 Miles

1. Kate Sallstrom                 20:17.59 1. Dominique Caston                23:20.47
2. Carmen Martinez            20:55.11 2. Dylan Winn                           23:27.47
3. Kaeli Hancock                 21:18.60 3. Damian Kellogg                    24:06.23
4. Nasreen Broomand         24:03.34 4. Eric Brooks                           24:11.46
5. Kelly Fortner                    25:09.84 5. Michael Valdez                     24:31.21