By Sara Littlejohn
Christian Brothers Cross Country is a sport that never fails to impress. The team has been consistently working hard this season, pushing themselves every day at practice. They improve drastically after every meet and strive to do better. Our Cross Country program does not seem to disappoint, with numerous personal and school records already set in the 2018 season.
The fantastic five seniors are just one of the many reasons why our Men’s Cross Country team is off to a fabulous start this season. Members Nevin Afong ‘19, Isaiah Jimenez ‘19, Alberto Mujica ‘19, Sam Copley ‘19, and Enrique Verschoor’s ‘19 great work ethic and dedication reflects their high rankings.
When CB’s Cross Country team traveled to Los Angeles for the Woodbridge Invitational, one of the biggest meets in the nation with over 30,000 athletes racing, the Varsity boys preformed one of their best runs. They took 2nd place in the Gold Race with outstanding performances from the fantastic five, all breaking the CB 3-mile record. Jimenez, finishing in 4th place, set the new record at 15:14.
LA was only the start of one of the biggest seasons for our varsity boys. At the Clovis Invitational at Woodward Park in Fresno, Afong ran a 15:55. No one in CB history has broken 16 minutes on a 5k course since 1987! Afong’s stellar performance allowed him to finish 2nd to help the team place 12th out of 35.
Meet after meet, our Cross Country boys don’t fail to disappoint, even in league races. With the league race this past Wednesday, our boys had an amazing performance, which ranked Afong 1st, Jiminez 2nd, Verschoor 7th, and Mujica 8th out of the top 10 boys in the entire league. With all of this in mind, the boys look to a strong finish to their season making it one of their best yet.
Unlike the boys, the women have a very young and upcoming team. The leading force behind CB’s Women’s Cross Country is our sensational sophomores. Outstanding weekly performances from Malia Gay ‘21, Rain Cheng ‘21, and Paige Sparks ‘21 represent our promising Women’s Cross Country program. Although our team is very young, it does not stop them from constantly working hard to achieve team goals.
The sophomores look to varsity veteran Aileen Fortin ‘19, to help them with the adjustment to varsity running. Making the jump to the varsity level is not always easy, so having Fortin as a mentor has helped the young team have a smoother transition. This young team looks forward to a great rest of the this season and future seasons yet to come.
In their league race this past Wednesday, the Varsity Girls took 4th place. The top three runs were completed by Gay placing 19th, Cheng in 25th, and Fortin in 26th. Gay also broke CB women’s 3 mile record, setting the new record at 19:51.
CB’s Cross Country team started the 2018 season with a bang and anticipate a successful rest of the year. The hard work and dedication from the coaches has aided these athletes to push themselves to the best of their abilities every day. Our Cross Country team has improved with each meet, which is made possible due to CB’s phenomenal coaching staff. As Coach Delgado ’79 said earlier this year, “this group has the possibility of being the best Cross Country team in CB history.” The team’s effort and determination has made Coach Delgado’s prediction a reality. With both teams in full gear for the rest of the season, a section banner is not out of reach.