The Tartans’ season came to a disappointing end today as we failed to advance in the CIF Div. II prelims. We finished fifth in our heat, seven points behind the final qualifying spot.
The conditions slowed times for all the teams, so there were no PR’s for our guys. Our leading runner was soph Anthony Castro, who was 13th in our heat in 16:10. The best performances came from sophs Kelly Hernandez and Shin Yamamura. Kelly led our team for part of the race and finished as our third man in 16:26, only 4 seconds off his PR. Shin finished in 17:08, just 6 seconds off of his PR.
Special honor goes to seniors Christopher Ramsey (20th/16:20), Corey Bullock (27th/16:30), and Joel Gillet, for whom this was their last cross country race at GHS. Chris is one of our captains and in his first full year of XC placed himself several times among the top all-time GHS performers, topped by his second place, 16:00 finish at the Sierra League Finals. Corey fought back bravely from off season lung surgery only to battle nagging leg injuries all season. He was second in both Sierra Cluster meets and ran especially well with his 15:55 for 5k at the Clovis Invitational. Joel, an alternate on today’s team, was another of our captains and also battled injuries all year. His best performance came early with a strong 16:19 at the Woodbridge invitational.
And so a disappointing ending to what was still one of the finest years ever for GHS XC. Five of our seven runners return next year, so guys, get ready to take the next step!