Varsity Cross Country · Cross Country Comes Out Strong in First League Race

Jurupa Valley, CA- Norte Vista Cross Country had its first opportunity to compete against the league on September 25th. The league debuted a new course at Centennial Park which had several uphill challenges. The goal of the meet was to place in front of other teams and try to push other teams scores back, which our teams achieved. 

Our girls JV started the day at 3:15 with 12 of our ladies in the race. Julia Ramirez (11) led the pack right from the get go, and pushed the pace for the league. She finished second overall with an impressive performance leading for most of the race. Annhie Rios (11) finished just behind her and came 3rd in the race despite having painful knee issues. One of our freshmen girls Eliza Mendoza (9) came 6th overall in the race. While not having a lot of experience in racing, came out and challenged herself to a top spot. Just behind her was Sofia Hernandez (10) who came 7th overall. She has been putting in a lot of extra work in practice and it showed on Wednesday. Viollette Valencia (9) was our last JV girl to score with an incredible 9th place finish. She came in with the pack of Johari Jauregui (11), Angelica Casas (10), and Giselle Navarro (11). Our scoring squad came in the top 10 for the race which was an incredible way to win the race. Johari, Angelica, and Giselle pushed the other teams scores back, which gave the ladies a 27pt victory beating 2nd place by 15pts. 

Our boys JV were next with a large 22 boys strong in the field. Anthony Torres-Martinez (10) led the boys finishing in second as well. He was followed by Carson Menter who finished 6th overall and has made great improvements to move his way up on the team. Osiel Mendoza (12) came 8th overall and helped keep us in the running for 1st in the race. Alex Nieto (9) was our first freshman to cross the line and was a part of our scoring JV team coming in 11th overall. To round out our scoring JV was Kris Menter finishing 14th overall. Despite battling injuries, he managed to hold his own throughout the hilly race. At first our boys were counted as getting second place, but upon Osiel being miscounted as a Hillcrest runner we found out we won the JV race beating La Sierra 41 to 42. 

Our varsity races started with the ladies team of Makayla Koshmerl (10), Emily Cardenas (9), Citlaly Ruiz (9), Bianca Rivas (11), Lissett Nieto (12), Nataly Joya (9), and Ashley Magana (9). The race got off to a great start with our ladies leading the front with Makayla, Emily, and Ashley sticking in a strong pack, and just 3 girls between our next pack of ladies. Ashley expressed having calf pain, which would be agitated on the hills. While ascending the large hill, Ashley started to cramp up and dropped out to save herself from having a season ending injury. It was up to the other ladies to help fill in that spot to secure first place. More misfortune hit the ladies with Makayla and Emily made a wrong turn, and having to backtrack to get back to their positions. Despite all the setbacks from the race, our ladies came out on top with Makayla and Emily finishing 1st and 2nd. Citlaly picked up her pace securing 5th place. Bianca who was working with Citlaly the entire race pushed her way to 8th place. Lissett Nieto finished the scoring team by grinding her way to 14th. Nataly had several setbacks in the race mentally, but managed to finish, so that in the event of a tie she could be counted. Our girls varsity got 1st place with a score of 30pts versus Hillcrest at 53pts. 

Our varsity boys race closed out the day with the team of Ernesto Ruiz (10), Mario Arce (12), Ivan Vargas (12), Jonathan Martinez (10), Eric Olivo (11), Gabriel Mendez (10), and Julian Osnaya (11). We came into the race knowing it would be a close race with Patriot and La Sierra, and our athletes knew every position could make or break their place. Ernesto led the entire race and finished first keeping a solid pace to keep our points low. Ivan and Mario started to separate on the big hill, but seeing many of the Patriot runners slow down after the hill they got back together and started to take their positions. Jonathan and Eric were another strong duo closing in on runners halfway through the race. In the last 800 meters of the race, Mario Arce managed to line up with Patriot’s number 3 runner after an impressive improvement from his previous position in the race. While Mario did not catch him, he made him work for that spot. Both Mario and Ivan kept themselves in front of Patriots 4th runner keeping the points close. Jonthan managed to move up significantly in positions finishing 13th overall. Eric capped our teams pts finishing 21st. It was such a close race from a spectator’s perspective, but when the points were counted Patriot was 1st with 41pts, Norte Vista 2nd with 46pts, and La Sierra a close 3rd at 47pts.

Overall it was a great race with Norte Vista taking 3 wins and a 2nd place. We hope this momentum continues and our varsity boys get hungry to take the Patriot boys at our home course.