Posted Date: 10/19/2021
This week’s meet was exciting and tough, most of us cheering so loud we started to lose our voice. It was our very own, home invitational with quite a few community members coming by to cheer on our trojan cross country team. Maybe not everything went as planned but everyone fought and showed their determination through the races.
This year we had the JV starting us off. We had two new runners this week Edwin Molina and Luis Rodriguez taking it to the course and running great first races. Along with them we had Ahearn Downing who kept a good pace running with Edwin and having Luis just a little bit behind them. On our girls we had Kadence Hudgens who was feeling better after her injury and back to running with Cassandra Aleman running smoothly too. Our first racer coming through placed in the top 10 for his first race taking 7th with a 22:11 was Edwin. Next up was Ahearn and Luis placing 11th and 13th, Ahearn with a time of 22:28 and Luis had a 23:09. Both of our girls placed in the top 10, in 7th was Kadence and Cassandra took 10th with times of 27:35 and 29:26.
We knew the girls race was going to be tough but the girls were prepared for it and stayed on their toes ready to take on the race, meanwhile, the boys started to warm up for their upcoming race. All of our girls came through the first mile in a steady position keeping it together, as we went on to the last 2 miles Chesney Peterson was still in the lead with Suzanne Farnham in second. When Suzanne was nearing the last mile she tripped and went down taking away a good 15 seconds but immediately got back up and kept fighting. The following runners were Kourtney Hudgens and Kenzington Nairn, keeping a little distance between the two. Next up was Belle Batterton then a little ways behind her was Lexy Martinez, all of them working their way to the finish line.
Taking first for the team was Chesney Peterson earning herself the Ark Morris award and a time of 19 minutes flat. Even after her fall Suzanne stayed in the top 5 and placed 4th with a time of 21:20. This week Kourtney came up and placed 12th with a 22:37 and Kenzington just 2 places behind her for 14th and a 22:57. Our last two varsity runners were racing to the end placing 20th and 21st was Belle and Lexy. Belle finished for a time of 24:13 and Lexy with a time of 24:42.
As we moved on to the boys we watched as the exciting race started off, full of many great runners. Kamryn Golub took off in the lead; a mile later, he still was, creating a gap between him and the following runner. Up next came Spencer Schmidt and then Ryan Wenman not too far apart. Just a slight ways behind them was Uziel Carrasco in a small pack of boys. Colton Adams and Brandon Robles were running close together, right behind Uziel, working their way closer to the front.
Kamryn also took first for the team with a time of 17:02 and won the Ark Morris award for this year. Spencer right back up to get a time of 18:13 and 4h place. Then, coming right behind him was Ryan taking 6th and an 18:20. Uziel came through next and finished for a time of 19:18 and 14th place. Our final two varsity boys running together and finishing together was Colton and Brandon placing 16th and 17th. Colton had a time of 19:30 and Brandon finished with a 19:36, both boys running very well.
This year we decided to have the junior high run after the high school so that meant the junior high girls were the next race. Hannah Canny and Birdie Batterton started up running for the front with Kynzi Fehringer right behind them. Not too far behind them was Anoura Keen working her way closer and then Rylee Polzin came up as well. 7th and 8th grader Sarai Rodriguez and Daisy Ruiz were running fairly close together and worked their way forward. Coming through for our first 7th grader was Birdie placing 5th with a time 13:56 and then at 11th was Hannah and a 15:01. Also for our 7th graders was Kynzi and Anoura, Kynzi taking 18th for a time of 16:12 and Anoura with a 16:51 and 23rd place. Next up was 8th grader, Rylee Polzin for 20th and an improving time of 19:18. Our final 7th grader Sarai had a time of 21:22 and 33rd place and following her was Daisy Ruiz, 8th grader, placing 22nd and a 22:12 .
The last race of the day was the junior high boys who started off with fast paces on a course they knew very well. Calan Sims took off in the top groups, with Jaydon Edgar, Carter Seyb, and Luis Ocampo not too far behind him. Coming up behind them was Nash Toole leading a pack of his own with Julio Ruiz and Kevin Cabrera just a little bit after him. Our first runner placing 4th in the 8th grade boys with a time of 12:33 was Calan. Racing each other to the finish line was 8th grader Luis and 7th grader Carter, Carter took 11th finishing for a time of 13:09 and then 2 seconds later Luis finished with a 13:11 and 10th place. Ending in 12th place and 13:30 for the 8th graders was Jaydon and Nash came in at a 14:51 for 38th place in 7th grade. The final 7th and 8th grade boy was Kevin, 7th grade, placing 48th with a time of 18:30 and 8th grader, Julio, finishing in 27th and a 19:00
Everyone's races went well and even though the girls placing came up a little short they all ran great and placed 2nd as a team to South Western Heights. Everyone in the boys race stayed in the top 20 and placed first as a team. Along with that we had both the boys and girls Ark Morris Award winners. Thank you for reading about our home meet and continue to come out and cheer for the cross country team.