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Coronado Islander Boys And Girls Cross Country Report

Nado Natterings by David Axelson | Posted: Tuesday, November 5, 2019 3:28 pm

George Green, the Islander Boys and Girls Cross Country Head Coach discusses the results turned in by his CHS runners had last week. “Last Saturday the Boys and Girls Cross Country Teams ran in the 72nd Annual Mt. SAC Cross Country Invitational in Walnut California. Mt. SAC is the acronym for Mt. San Antonio College. The event is the largest cross country race in the world with divisions for high school, middle school, and community colleges.

“The biggest part of the event is the high school meet, which runs all day Friday and Saturday. This year there were 91 races, all at a distance of three miles, over the legendary course that hasn’t changed significantly in 72 years. Friday, CIF Divisions III, IV and V competed, with Divisions I and II running Saturday.

“Our Girls ran in one of the fast Sweepstakes Races, which qualified our Boys to run in the combined Division III, IV, and V Varsity Race. This allows a team to get both their Boys’ and Girls’ races completed in a three-hour window. The Boys’ race went off at 4:18 p.m. The Boy’s Captain, senior Cole Mullins, has run in this meet since he was a freshman, and wanted this to be his best finish. His goal was to break into the Top 10.

“Mt. SAC is known for its three hills. If you mention Switchbacks, PoopOut, or Reservoir to anyone who has run there, they will know exactly what you’re talking about. After the start, there’s a one-mile flat part of the course that lures many runners into going out too fast. Then you hit the Switchbacks. The first couple of hundred meters switch back and forth to lessen the incline, before a straight portion that rises over 100 feet in about a quarter of a mile.

“What goes up, must come down. Switchbacks is followed by nearly a half-mile of downhill running until you hit PoopOut Hill. This is the steepest part of the course, but it’s short compared to the other two hills. The two-mile point is just past the crest of PoopOut. Then it’s down the other side of PoopOut and a half-mile stretch of flat and rolling terrain to the base of Reservoir Hill. That breaks a lot of runners because they can see it on the downhill part coming off PoopOut. It’s tough to be sure, but there’s a flat break about 30 meters from the top that offers a bit of recovery for those who know it’s there.

“After the crest it’s all downhill to the finish, about a half-mile away. Because of the flat first mile, runners go out fast to position themselves for the climb up switchback. Cole found himself in around 20th place after the first of the two loops, before the ascent, but worked himself up to third place at the front of a large group of runners at the bottom of the first hill.

“His brother Landon Mullins, and teammate Casey Harris, were only 15 seconds back at this point. The next time I saw him was on the flat stretch off of the Switchbacks, heading toward the steepest part of the course, PoopOut Hill. By then, he had pulled away from the pack and was only a step behind the lead runner.

“Landon and Casey had moved up to around 18th position, about 20 seconds back. The next time I saw them was just past the two-mile point on the downside of PoopOut. By then, Cole had built up a nice lead and flew past around 10 seconds in front of the second-place runner. Landon was in eighth at this point, still about 20 seconds back, and Casey was in 11th place, about 30 seconds back. Coming off of the steep backside of Reservoir hill Cole was still 10 seconds in front with less than a half-mile of flat racing left to the finish. Landon went by in sixth place, 30 seconds back, and Casey followed in 14th about 50 seconds back from Cole. 

“At the finish, Cole had to fight off a charge from Niel Bondc from Yorba Linda High School to win by less than a second with a time of 16:35. Landon placed fifth in 17:01, and Casey placed 15th in 17:36.

There were 114 finishers in the race. Out of the 20 schools in the race, Coronado placed fourth behind South Torrance, Yorba Linda, and Half Moon Bay. Our other scorers were Gio Navarro (19:21) and Aiden Baumann (19:36). Will Leonard and Micah Arnott were the pushers. Check out our website at IslanderTrack.com for a post-race interview of Cole by Runnerspace, as well as videos of both our Boys’ and Girls’ races. It’s been a great month for Cole Mullins. How many Homecoming Kings have also won a varsity race at Mt. SAC?

“Our top finisher in the Girls’ Sweepstake at Mt. SAC was Sofia Van Arsdale, who completed the course in 22nd place with a time of 20:12. Second for us was freshman, Dana Jennings, who ran 20:35 followed by Abby Hundley, Jessica Ehret, and Anna Youngblood. Team-wise we finished in eighth place out of the 15 schools with full teams entered.

“Our next event will be the University City High School Postal Two-Mile this Saturday. All races are at two-miles on the track, starting with novice races at 3:30 p.m. and finishing with the fastest races at around 8:30 p.m. After that, we have one more league cluster Nov. 4, the Western League championships on Nov. 14, and the CIF Championships Nov. 23.”