Despite sending only two teams to Estancia High School, there is lots to report from this past weekend’s Cross Country Classic (or, as most of us know it, Woodbridge Invitational). And the fairy tale part? Well, like any good fairy tale, there were three magical moments on Saturday night.
Magical Moment #1
The varsity girls finished 3rd in the Rated race (just 4 points from 2nd) with an AMAZING 18 second spread across the five scorers. AND, all seven varsity girls finished in the medals: Alyssa Perez (26), Cori Harral (28), Megan Trono (30), Chloe Arriaga (31), Emily Hoey (55), Taylor Butler (65) and Tori Whitworth (75).
Magical Moment #2
Jeff Kirwin posted the fastest three-mile race time in GHS history, finishing 9th and leading the boys to a 13th place finish, against the top teams in the state, in the Sweepstakes race . Now, 13th may not seem so amazing at first glance, but considering the size of the meet and the level of competition, this is a BIG DEAL. The GHS boys validated their early season state ranking and made an early case for themselves as podium contenders at season’s end. Medals were also awarded to Parker Seale (29) and Sam Johnny (99).
Magical Moment #3
Cinderella makes an appearance – Marcos Perez lost his shoe in the first mile. He has it back now, but we’re not sure if it was courtesy of a princess or not…
By the way, unlike Cinderella, who went home after losing her shoe, Marcos finished the race.
Athletes of the Meet
Boy AoM is Jeff Kirwin, because 14:26. That’s not a typo.
Honorable mention goes to Marcos Perez for his Cinderella performance.
Girl AoM goes to Alyssa Perez who showed a strong effort throughout the entire race. If you want a great example of someone who is always pushing hard, never gives up and wrings as much performance out of herself as her body is able to give, come check out AP.
And this space’s favorite section, improvement over last year’s time (because we may not have a shot at winning, but we all have the chance to improve):
Over 1 minute improvement - Damon Payne, Chloe Arriaga, Taylor Butler
Over 2 minute improvement – Marcos Perez
Over 3 minute improvement -
Improvements too large to generalize - Cori Harral posted a 4:30 improvement over her 2010 time – WOW!