Top cross country runners compete at Clovis Invitational

Story by Amber Chen
Staff Writer

Photo courtesy of Michael Parkinson

The cross country team took its varsity runners and top JV runners to the Clovis Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 12. Instead of the usual three mile race, the course was five kilometers long, but the Tigers still fared very well.

The girls varsity team placed seventh out of 28 teams in the Division III and IV medium race. Sophomores Sydney Morrow and Mai Koyama ran times of 18:21.6 (fourth place) and 19:35.0 (29), respectively. Junior Lindsay Michels followed, finishing in 20:12.5 (47)

Overall, the boys team placed fourth out of 33 teams. Senior Sam Clark finished in 15:53, winning the boys varsity D-III and D-IV medium race. Junior Andrew Villapadua ran a time of 16:29.3 (26) and junior Andrew Parkinson ran a 16:37.9 (36).

“I was very enthused with the team’s performance, because it shows that we are getting stronger as we progress towards state,” Clark said. “As any race, it was very tiring, especially with the dust and rolling hills, but we were well prepared.”

The team will run its second league race at Crescenta Valley Park on Tuesday, Oct. 15.

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