Wolf Pack Invitational ...

Casey Harris had a strong outing Friday as the Islanders participated in the Wolf Pack Invitational, hosted by West Hills High School. Competing in the Senior race, Harris completed the 2.1 mile course in 11 minutes and 11 seconds. According to Head Coach George Green, when converted to a 5K time, the performance by Harris equates to around 16:56, a good time for this early in the season.

Head Coach George Green provides an update on both the Boys and Girls Cross Country Teams and their competitions from last week. “Although the league competition for Cross Country is still over a month away, we had our second meet of the season last Friday at the Wolf Pack Invitational, hosted by West Hills High School.”

Because of the Labor Day Weekend, we didn’t have a full squad available, but several of our runners had good showings. These early meets are at a shorter distance than the 5,000-meter races we’ll be running later in the season. The Boys’ course was 2.1-miles long over a dusty course with rolling hills. The divisions were by gender and grade-level only.

“Our best performance for the Boys on hand was turned in by Casey Harris in the senior race. Casey navigated the course with a respectable time of 11 minutes and 11 seconds. When converted to a 5K time, his performance equates to around 16:56, pretty good for this time of the season. Gio Navarro also broke 12 minutes in the Boys’ sophomore race with a time of 11:53, followed by Conor Youngblood with 13:16. We had a tight pack in the Boys’ junior race with Cole Hutcherson leading the way with a time of 12:10, followed by Aiden Baumann in 12:20, Micah Arnott in 12:28, and Will Leonard in 12:32. Only one Girl ran on Friday, Ryan Brophy, who ran 12:50 over the 1.5-mile Girls’ course.

“Finally, a few of our top Girls ran in the 55th Annual Balboa Four Mile Run put on by the San Diego Track Club at Balboa Park as a workout. The course is extremely hilly and quite a challenge for anyone. Abigail Hundley, Dana Jennings, and Jessica Ehret placed 1-2-3 in the Girls’ 13-18 Division with times of 29:25, 30:09, and 30:56.  Our next event will be the Bronco Roundup hosted by Rancho Bernardo High School at Kit Carson Park this Saturday.”

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