George Green, Islander Cross Country Head Coach, brings us up to date on his team and the Coronado Middle School Cross Country squad, which is off to a great start. “There has been no Cross Country news for the past two weeks, because we’ve been training through the last few Invites. That changes this week with our first league cluster meet at Morley Field Thursday.
“The CMS Cross Country team, on the other hand, has had two league meets over the last two weeks, with both the Boys and Girls winning the South Branch of the South Coast League consisting of Coronado, Francis Parker, La Jolla Country Day, Bishop’s, Christian, and Warren Walker.
“The South Coast League has two branches, the South Branch, and the North Branch that’s composed of Horizon Prep, Maranatha, Pacific Ridge, San Diego Jewish Academy, Rancho Santa Fe, and Santa Fe Christian. Both branches have their meets on the same days at various locations around San Diego Country. At the end of the season, all 12 schools compete in the Championship Race at Tidelands Park Nov. 6. There are two other meets at Tidelands this season, Oct. 9 and Oct. 16 if you want to come out and watch. Meet results and the schedule for both branches are at the website CrownCity.com/middle.
“So far, the competition has been very good. The Coronado Boys and Girls Teams have won both of their first two meets. For the Boys, it’s been very close between Coronado and Francis Parker. Seventh Grader Owen Arnaudy won both of the Boys’ races with Agustin Vizcaino, Detrik Heidt, Callum Arnaudy, Vincent Wastila, Jack Shumaker, and Lance McKenzie figuring in the scoring.
“The Girls won both of their races pretty easily thanks to sisters Brooklyn Parma and Madison Parma. Brooklyn has been Coronado’s top finisher in both races, and she’s just a sixth-grader. Other top finishers in the first two races have been Claire Cook, Mary Lund, Kaia Lobato, Grace Laumann, and Kalista Searles.
“It’s not surprising that the Parma Sisters are at the front of the pack, as their mom, Megan Parma (mother of four), has been a competitive runner her whole life including cross country, track and field, marathons, triathlons, and numerous 5k and 10k road races. Between CMS Athletic Director Meredith Hinz, CMS Coach and Teacher Brian Schumeyer, Megan, and another new addition to the program, Rodney Lobato, the 57 kids on the CMS Cross Country Team are in good hands.”