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Coronado Islander Cross Country Athletes Hundley And Mullins Advance To CIF State Finals

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Posted: Wednesday, November 27, 2019 11:52 am | Updated: 12:00 pm, Wed Nov 27, 2019.

Islander Cross Country Head Coach George Green provides his weekly report, which includes how junior Abigail Hundley and sophomore Landon Mullins qualified for the State Meet in Fresno this weekend. “At last Saturday’s CIF Cross Country Finals, held at Morley Field, we entered only five runners in the Girls event.

“There’s a saying in the sport of Cross Country that you’re only as good as your fifth runner. That’s because it takes five finishers for a scoring team. The final score for each team is the sum of the finish places of your top five. In Cross Country, teams are ranked by their lowest scores. Seven runners are allowed in the race, but the last two finishers don’t count in the scoring. The sixth and seventh finishers serve to push back the scoring of the other teams; hence, they’re called pushers.

“We knew that all five runners had to finish to advance to the State Meet. Only the top three teams would advance, and we were in a position for either the second or third slots with Sage Creek being the prohibitive favorite. When one of our top runners, Sofia Van Arsdale, turned her ankle on the course, our chance of advancing as a team was lost.

“However, there’s another way for an individual runner to advance by finishing among the Top Five finishers of the runners who are not on one of the three teams that advanced. Abigail Hundley, with a 30-second personal record of 19:38 over the hilly 2.96-mile CIF Championship course, advanced as the fourth individual finisher. Our second finisher, freshman Dana Jennings, missed by only nine seconds with a time of 20:16. Our third and fourth runners were Jessica Ehret and Anna Youngblood.

“We knew that the Boy’s team didn’t have a chance at advancing via being in the top three teams, but brothers Cole Mullins and Landon Mullins had a shot as individual finishers. Both also had a good chance at finishing among the Top 10 for All-CIF honors. Landon achieved both goals with a 48-second personal record to place ninth with a time of 16:25. He’s only a sophomore, so that finish bodes well for the next two years. Cole, a senior, had been running very little since he pulled his quad while winning the Division IV varsity race at the Mt. SAC Invite Oct. 26. We hoped that the physical therapy and cross-training he’d been undergoing would get him ready. However, his quad wasn’t healed sufficiently to allow him to run to his potential. His time of 16:59 for 19th place was 34 seconds slower than his personal record for the course, which, considering his injury, was a gutsy run. Casey Harris finished in 20th place, also with a time 16:59. Aiden Bowman (18:28) and Will Leonard (18:48) finished out our scoring with Gio Navarro and Micah Arnott, the pushers. As a team, we placed fifth behind Crawford, Sage Creek, St. Augustine, and High Tech High. Abigail and Landon will finish out the Islander Cross Country season at the State Meet in Fresno, California, this Saturday.”

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