Round 2 of dual meets happened this past weekend and we had the wonderful opportunity to host Arlington XC at a new course created on the Norte Vista Campus. We had 2 more weeks to condition for our races and that made such a big difference on our team. Norte Vista came for a challenge and we surely got one from Arlington.
This time around the boys went first with Ernesto Ruiz (11) and Eric Olivo (12) leading the race placing 1st and 2nd overall. Both athletes bested their time significantly, since the Ramona race. Carson Menter (11), Anthony Torres-Martinez (11), and Kris Menter (11) rounded out our top 5 scoring team with new personal best by 20 seconds or more. This puts our top 5 scoring team time average at 17:23, which is a fantastic group average for competition. Edgar Brito Villegas (10) ran an incredible time of 18:27 running a minute and some change faster than his previous race on his second race ever. Juan Mendoza (10) and Tristain Jauregui (9) set fantastic personal best as well displaying that their hard work is paying off. So many of the gentlemen had made significant progress since the last race and we are looking forward to league finals. The final team score was Norte Vista 18 and Arlington 45.
Our ladies had a greater challenge with Arlington with each one of our girls battling with one Arlington girls with so many places being decided at the finish. Amelia Mercado (11) and Ashley Magana (10) came 2nd and 3rd overall beating their efforts from the previous race and being in crucial positions for the team score. Citlaly Ruiz (10) fought to the bitter end coming up short at then end by a fraction of a second. She truly made that Arlington runner work for that spot and would not let her take it easily and showed true courage for our squad. Emily Cardenas (10) made her season debut this past weekend running in an important position to help us solidify crucial points to keep us ahead. Makyla Koshmerl (11) rounded out our top 5 scoring team running significantly faster this weekend than the previous. Our numbers 6 and 7 girls Violette Valencia (10) and Julia Ramirez (12) ran stellar races to put themselves in front of Arlington’s number 5 scoring girls securing our first place finish of 27 to 30. Julia in particular had a truly amazing race coming up just shy of her all time best. All of the ladies who raced before at Ramona have made tremendous improvement and we cannot wait to see the ladies defend their league championship on March 6th at Ramona.