By Maya Williamson
Photos by David Seo
The boys and girls’ cross country team competed in its first meet of the season on Friday and Saturday, September 16 and 17, at the Woodbridge Invitational.
The entire team ran extremely well this weekend. In teams, the freshman boys earned 3rd place overall; their fastest runner, freshman Sam Clark, ran 17:22.2 placing individually at 4th. The sophomore and senior boys’ teams placed 7th and 12th respectively, and the varsity girls places 11th.
The varsity boys ran separate from the rest of their cross country team on Saturday in the Rated Race. The squad was lead by senior Kieran Press-Reynolds, who placed 16th individually with an impressive time of 15:09.1. Following were juniors Oliver Chang and Ben Clark with 28th and 15:24.2, and 55th and 15:44.9, respectively. Sophomore Alexander Grijalva (72, 15:57.0), and seniors Jaehyung Choi (85, 16:08.6), Robert Steele (16:13.5) and Wayne Monical (119, 16:29.0) finished with the team in 10th place. They are the fastest varsity boys’ team since 2011.
Cross Country would like to stay on their path of success throughout the season to do well in league and to hopefully beat their rivals, La Cañada and San Marino. The team saw many personal records at Woodbridge, and will continue to work on their speed in practices.
“The varsity girls definitely [have] their eyes set on running as a team and all are doing well,” sophomore Lindsey Calva said.
“The team attitude was overwhelmingly positive [at Woodbridge],” Choi said. “Team unity and support [for each other] will carry us into a very successful season”.
Cross Country’s next meet will be this Thursday, September 22, at Lacy Park.