Cross country pushes through fatigue and excels at second RHL meet

Story by Amber Chen
Staff Writer

Photo by Alex Parra
Webmaster & Videographer

The SPHS cross country team asserted its dominance at the second Rio Hondo League meet on Tuesday, Oct. 15. 

After competing at the Clovis Invitational just three days ago, many runners ran a minute or more slower than usual. Still, the boys finished in first place, while the girls placed second, only one point behind La Cañada.

As usual, senior Sam Clark won the varsity boys race as usual with a time of 16:36.00. Juniors Andrew Villapudua and Benicio Perez came in shortly after, running the three miles in 17:04.00 (third) and 17:07.00 (fourth), respectively. The team finished the meet a whole 13 points ahead of second place finisher, La Cañada.

The girls varsity team performed spectacularly as well. Sophomore Sydney Morrow placed third with a time of 19:48. Sophomores Mai Koyama and Kerrigan Riley showcased their impressive kicks; Koyama secured fifth place, while Riley, passing multiple runners, secured sixth. 

This race marks the halfway point in the season and coach Michael Parkinson remains optimistic about the team’s prospects for state.

“I believe the boys are going to be ranked in the top five for CIF D-IV, maybe as high as three,” Parkinson said. “The girls are probably ranked around six or seven. To me, we’re gonna get [to state], but we want to be competitive when we get there, so we still have some work to do.”

The team will travel to Walnut for its next meet, the Mount Sac Invitational, on Friday, Oct. 25.

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