By Mary Enos
This past weekend, our Men’s Varsity Cross Country team headed South to Fresno to race at the CIF State Finals. Coming off two weeks of practice leading up to the meet, the boys dedication was stronger than ever. At the Sac-Joaquin Section Finals at Willow Hills, the men were hungry for a strong win against Placer High, but fell short of their goal a section title, finishing 2nd in Division IV. They swept up their pride and carried on to work harder at practice.
Since August, Coach Delgado, Coach Reel, and Coach Wiseman have been focusing on the XC team for this season. From the beginning of the season, the men wanted to make their return to the state meet. The team headed down on Black Friday with bellies full of turkey to get settled and mentally prepared for their race. On the hot musky Saturday morning, the boys laced up their shoes and headed to warm up before taking their spot on the starting line. At the start of the race, the team was confident, but with dusty conditions they weren’t ready.
“The heat and dust were very tough and there was not much room to move around,” said Isaiah Jimenez ’19.
The 5K race soon took over the runners instead of the runners taking on the race. Along with a PR from Nicolas Sanchez ’19, Alberto Mujica ’19 and Nevin Afong ’19 were the only three to beat their time from last year, dominating the course. With a tough race at hand, the preparation before the race means as much as running the race itself.
“I wasn’t in it mentally and a lot of stress throughout the week was catching up to me in the race,” Isaiah said.
The boys dropped their number three ranking entering to race to 11th in the State. The Cross Country team had an amazing strong season, but not the final outcome they wanted. With Patrick Wiseman ’18 as the only graduating senior, we can say that next year the team will only come back stronger with this chip added to their shoulder.