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Posted: Tuesday, November 21, 2017 12:12 pm

Islander Cross Country Head Coach George Green provides a report on his teams from last week. “Going into the Western League Championships last Tuesday, we knew that the Girls‘ team would be in for a long day. Several of our key runners were sick, and we have virtually no bench on the varsity squad. When everyone‘s healthy, we‘re a match for the larger schools, but that wasn‘t the case this time around.

We placed fourth behind Scripps Ranch, Cathedral Catholic, and University City. Individually there were a few personal records (PRs) set, with the most significant being a new Girls‘ course record set by Teresa Perez, who clocked 18:15 over the 3.08-mile City Conference Course. The current course has been used since the 2012 season and the old record was 18:34 set by Giovanna de Silva from Scripps Ranch in 2015. Cathedral Catholic’s Cami Doheny, who placed second, was also under the old record with a time of 18:27. University City’s Elise Boisvert was only a few seconds behind in third place with a time of 18:36. De Silva placed fourth with 18:57. Perez took the lead from the gun and led the whole way. For her performances in the Finals and the other two league races held this season, Perez was named the Girls’ Western League Athlete of the Year.

Freshman Abby Hundley set a PR in the varsity race with a time of 19:47, while Regina Czerewko, Kate Ruiz, and Josie Morrissey all set PRs over the 2.5-mile JV course with times of 18:08, 20:30, and 20:32 respectively.

The Boys‘ team was up against some tough competition, but did well and placed third behind a powerhouse team from Scripps Ranch, followed by Cathedral Catholic. Five of our seven varsity finishers posted PRs. Brad Busby was our top finisher with a personal record of 16:26, followed by Ian Hurlburt in 16:47 (PR), Patrick Harris in 16:50 (PR), Luke Klingenberg with 16:51, Cole Mullins with 17:18, Connor Jaynes with 17:32 and Cole Nichols with 18:02. Because he placed in the Top 10, finishing in the number seven position, Busby earned All-Western League honors. Although Klingenberg didn‘t set a personal record, this was only his second race back after sitting out the first part of the season with a knee injury. Even so, he was only 31 seconds off his previous best. Other finishers in the varsity race were Casey Harris with 18:05, Grant Hawthorne with 18:16, and Chris Russell with 19:16. In the Boys’ JV race over the same course, Nicholas Inzunza and James Cook set PRs with times of 19:19 and 20:45 followed by Will Leonard and Orian James.

This weekend we’ll compete in the CIF Finals at Morley Field. The Girls will race at 11:45 a.m. followed by the Boys at 1:25 p.m. The CIF Finals are the qualifier for the State Meet in Fresno Nov. 25. Both the Boys’ and Girls’ teams have good chances to qualify. To advance as a full team, the Boys must finish among the Top 3 Division IV CIF teams and the Girls’ among the Top 2 Division IV teams. Sage Creek is the top Division IV Boys’ team with Coronado, Crawford, and Valley Center vying for the remaining two slots. For the Girls, the top-seeded teams are Coronado and Sage Creek, with Valley Center a strong threat.”

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