Twenty-nine Tartans competed at last Saturday’s gigantic Mt. San Antonio College Cross Country Invitational on the famed three hills of the home of Southern California XC. Fifteen of those athletes competed on the course for the first time, and all had the same comment – “Wow, those hills are big”.
Our top individual performance came from sophomore Anthony Castro, who became only the fifth Tartan athlete to break sixteen minutes on this course. His 15:49, sixteenth place finish in the tough DII race makes him the fourth best All-Time GHS Performer on the Mt.Sac course. Sophomore Kelly Hernandez had a big PR of 16:54 to be our fourth man, and this despite being knocked down in the opening meters of the race. Our Varsity team performance was solid, not outstanding, but fast enough that all of our seasonal goals are still within reach.
Our top individual finishers were Anthony and freshman Austin Mendoza, whose 17:58 course debut also placed him 16th in the frosh race. The biggest improvements from last season came from sophs Ryan Kabala (-2:30) and Chris Shaffer (-2:44).
This was one of the strongest XC meets in the courtry, and you can read about all of it at the big DyeStatCal coverage page, along with the video reviews at Flotrack. You can find complete meet results here, and the results for our specific races here: JV, Varsity, Frosh, Soph. GHS results are here, and you can down load pdf with all of our times and splits here: 10-24-08-mtsac.pdf
Next up is the Sierra League Finals meet on Tuesday, November 4th, again at Mt.SAC. This will be the final meet of the year for our non-varsity athletes, and the chance to fulfill our first Varsity seasonal goal – a league championship. Let’s be ready.