Cross Country Gears up for League Race

This article is from Tiger Newspaper’s September 2015 issue

By Isabel Barbera

Staff Writer

Photo by Hana Tyska

Boys and girls’ cross country kicked off its season on Friday, September 18 with a successful first race at the Woodbridge Invitational in Orange County Great Park. There, the boys took 5th out of 22 in their divison, and the girls took 7th out of 21.

Individually, the Tigers performed exceptionally well. Rising as a new varsity star, junior Kieran Press-Reynolds surpassed his personal record by 1:30, achieving a time of 15:38 to come in tenth out of 150 and first for his team. In the girls’ race, senior Emily Ye achieved a personal best time of 18:33, placing seventh out of 154 and first for her team.

The Tigers are set to compete in their first Rio Hondo league race today, September 23 at La Crescenta Valley Park. Based on the Woodbridge results, there are a few expected changes in the team roster. JV runners junior Robert Steele, freshman Elizabeth Bock, and sophomore Maddie Engelsman are likely to make the move up to varsity. Those getting moved downward may return to the varsity squad for future races.

Though the race today promises tough competition from both San Marino and La Cañada, the Tiger runners are feeling confident about the outcome.

“Last year, San Marino took advantage of our young squad and stole the league crown,” Press-Reynolds said. “This year, in addition to the plethora of conditioned returnees, we have a bunch of new talent, and I truly do foresee us dominating the season.”