Coronado High School Cross Country ...

The Coronado High School Cross Country team recently competed At the 2021 Wester Cluster. Girls at the start, from left, Lily Clemons, Dana Jennings, Anna Youngblood, Jaya Jost, Eva Vinegrad, Sierra Grella.

The best way to put together a competitive Cross Country Team is to have a lot of runners. As a general rule, around 10% of these will be competitive, and 1% will be superstars. Because of COVID, our team is small this season. We have only nine active girls and 10 active boys. We’re in the Western League with some of the largest schools with rosters many times ours. For example, Scripps Ranch has around 60 kids, Point Loma has approximately 70, and Cathedral Catholic has about 80. So, why are we in the Western League instead of the City League with schools and teams closer to our size?

It’s because in normal years we’re competitive at the Western League level. When we were in the City League, we were the perennial League and CIF Division-IV champions. When we moved up to the Eastern League a few years ago, we won both the boys and girls championships there. So now, with our small roster, we’re in a bit over our heads. But, we’ll be back. It’s better to be in a strong league than one in which you dominate every season.

At the 2021 Wester Cluster, our top finisher for the boys was senior Conor Youngblood, who finished in 17th out of the 104 runners over the City Conference 3.11 mile course with a time of 17:19. This time was a big Personal Record (PR) for Conor as his previous best was 18 minutes flat. Also running well was sophomore Detrik Heidt with a time of 18:30. This was also a big PR as his previous best was 19:59. In the boys’ JV race, our top finisher was Borja Ferrer, who clocked 21:30 followed by Baxter Simpson (21:44), Jack Shumaker (21:45), and Rafael Roos (22:53). Our top girl finisher was Lily Clemons, who ran 22:33 over the same course. She was followed by Dana Jennings, Jaya Jost Anna Youngblood, Eva Vinegrad, and Sierra Grella.

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