Varsity Cross Country · Cross Country Battles for League Titles

Riverside, CA- It has been an incredible season and our athletes have been working hard to prove themselves at their last race. Hillcrest hosted the meet at the California Citrus State Historic Park in Riverside. The meet was an opportunity for some of our kids to set personal best because it had more downhill than uphill. 

We started the day early with our frosh-soph girls with the team of Sofia Hernandez (10) Ashley Magana (9), Eliza Mendoza (9), Violette Valencia (9), Daniela Rocha, Angelica Casas (10), and Daniela Ramirez (10). It was an incredible race with several of our ladies up in the front for the entirety of the race. Sofia and Ashley came in together with Sofia technically crossing the line first earning her the frosh-soph league champion. Eliza, Violette, Daniela, and Angelica all finished in the top 10 earning them all medals. Daniela finished with a season best PR in the 3 mile, and has made tremendous progress this season. Eliza also managed to make a season best performance as well. The ladies won the race by a landslide. We cannot wait to see what these ladies hold for the future of our team. 

The frosh-soph boys were next with the largest team of 22 athletes. The team was lead by Mark Landa (9) who set a season best time of 18:19 shooting him up to the top of our rankings. Anthony Torres-Martinez (10) was right behind in finishing in 3rd matching his time. Giovanni Duran (10) started in the top 10 and managed to finish 6th place overall. Alexander Nieto (9) was the next to come through the line matching his personal best. Emmanuel Reyes was the next to come though the line to finish up the scoring team leading the frosh-soph boys to a first place finish. Juan Mendoza (9), Bryan Hernandez (10), and Moises Curiel (10) all set season best performances and personal best in their races. The boys have been making a tremendous amount of progress and we cannot wait to see how many of them stick around and how much more they grow. 

Our JV girls were next to touch the line with Annhie Rios (11), Johari Jauregui (11), Julia Ramirez (11), Giselle Navarro (11), Dulce Aguilera (12), and Haydee Jaramillo (12). Annhie, Johari, and Julia came in one after another taking the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place positions. Annhie was this year’s JV league champion. Giselle and Dulce finished the top 5 scoring team leading the girls to victory. Haydee finished with a season best performance, which was a great way to finish her season. 

Our JV boys were next with the team of Giovanni Velazquez (12), Adrian Marquez (11), Javier Ruiz (11), Raul Chavez (11), Edwin Lopez (12), Erick Rodriguez (11) and Matthew Merino-Espinoza (11). Giovanni ran a season best performance and sealing in the JV league champion. Adrian came 10th to get the last medal in the JV race. Erick, Edwin and Adrian all had season best performances. We are glad to see our seniors do so well for themselves and we are looking forward to how the juniors move up. 

The last races were our varsity runners starting with our girls varsity team of Makayla Koshmerl (10), Emily Cardenas (9), Nataly Joya (9), Bianca Rivas (12), Citlaly Ruiz (9), Lissett Nieto (12) and Amelia Mercado (10). Makyla was set on being the league champion and took a commanding lead from the get go. She managed to widen the gap from the rest of the competition and successfully taking that title. Emily was just behind her working her way up to the front breaking up the pack of Hillcrest runners. Nataly found her way to a personal record and finishing in the top 10. Bianca had a season best performance finishing 8th overall. Citlaly rounded out our scoring team finishing top 12. Lissett and Amelia fought injuries, but manage to help provide the girls to another dominating first place finish. Lissett and Bianca ended their final year on our squad walking away with a league championship. Congratulations to our ladies team who pulled it off and managed to add to our cross country legacy. 

The boys varsity came into league finals in a 3 way tie with Patriot and La Sierra. Our team was Ernesto Ruiz (10), Ivan Vargas (12), Mario Arce (12), Eric Olivo (11), Jonathan Martinez (10), Julian Osnaya (11), and Osiel Mendoza (12). Ernesto sped up to the front with Mario working with 3 of the Patriot runners in the front. The Patriot runners were moving fast pushing the pace, but staying as unit. Ivan was trailing behind the pack in the first mile, but managed to catch up with his usually running mate Mario. Eric was trailing a large pack of La Sierra runners attempting to be within the group to help keep the points low for our team. One Patriot runner went the wrong way and Ivan and Mario managed to take that position before he made his way back on the course. In the end Patriot had 3 runners with our 1st 3 runners in the top 7. La Sierra had a large group finish all together. Many of us were eager to hear the results because it seemed like an incredible close race. The scores showed that La Sierra won with a score of 43pts, we came 2nd with 49 pts, and Patriot finished 3rd with 52 pts. We had close competition at every league meet, which made for an incredible season. 

Both boys and girls teams are excited to try to move on to CIF Finals on October 16th at the CIF Prelims meet at the Riverside Course. For the rest of the team this marked the end of their season and all of us as coaches are incredibly proud of our athletes. Their progress and bond as a team has been an honor to coach.