Just two days after their first meet on Feb. 13, the Islander Cross Country team had their second meet on the Feb. 16 because access to Morley Field became available. Previously teams had altered their schedules to have all meets on Saturday on various school campuses. Once Morley reopened, the district told the City Conference Schools they had to go back to the original schedules on Tuesdays at Morley Field for the Western League.

The Islander opponent was D-I powerhouse, Scripps Ranch, over the City Conference 3.11 mile cross country course used by all three leagues, City, Eastern, and Western. In the girls’ race, Abigail Hundley had her work cut out for her against Scripps’ Chloe Ellermeyer, who won the race, with Hundley placing second with a time of 19:45. Claire Cook was second for us, placing eighth in 22:38 with Julia Mineo in close pursuit in ninth with 22:46. The rest of our finishers were Anna Youngblood, Lily Clemens, Maya Voltin, and Caroline Cole.

Landon Mullins was our first boy finisher, placing seventh with a time of 18:37. He’s still hurting from an injury and not yet up to last years’ form when he was a full minute faster. Conor Youngblood had the best race of his life with an eighth-place finish. His time of 18:40 was a minute and forty seconds faster than his previous best. Micah Arnott placed fifth for us, followed by Detrik Heidt, Spencer Williams, Baxter Simpson, Jack Shumaker, and Luca Droucher. Scripps Ranch won the boys race 15-48.

The next Cross Country meets will be on successive Tuesdays, starting with University City on Feb. 23, then Point Loma and Cathedral Catholic. If the city eventually allows the schools to have cluster meets against more than one school, the Conference may add finals for both League and CIF.

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