Every year your Boys and Girls XC team makes a mid season trip to compete out of the area and we switch between attending the Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto and the Nike Portland Invite in Portland, Oregon. This year the teams headed up to Palo Alto this past weekend to compete at the Stanford XC Invitational. The nice break in weather from the So Cal heat allowed our athletes to flourish. On top of their race, the athletes were able to visit the Stanford University Campus and see what a college club rush looks like as well as visit their book store for keepsakes. The team also was given the opportunity to travel and see the Golden Gate Bridge, Ghiradelli Square as well as the Bay Bridge that night after their race. For some the highlight was taking their first ever trip on a plane.
On Saturday morning, your Girls XC team laced up with no pressure and almost took down the #1 team in CIF from the LA City Section, Granada Hills. The girls were a close second and only 17 pts away from victory. The girls team saw big performances from our top 3 girls with Senior Miranda Camargo (5th place, pictured to right), Freshman Jenna Lacuata (9th place) and Senior Kimberly Pena (15th place) all finishing in the top 15 in the race. Freshman Nathalia Dasilva (41st place, pictured to left) had a big step up performance from to only finish 2 seconds behind Junior Abigale Rippe (38th place). Nathalia went up as the girls projected #7 finisher. Corrine Melendez and Joelle Perales had personal best days for the race distance of 5k.
Your boys XC team followed the girls race with some great performances in their own race. Junior duo Michael Sahagun and Raul Chavez (pictured to left) both got out quick and maintained with the lead pack for the first 4k and eventually finishing 16th and 17th overall. Senior Aaron Lieberman finished third for the team on the day with Junior Ricardo Sainz not too far behind. Senior Adrian Alvarez wasn’t too far behind finishing 5th for your Mustangs on the day. Adrian dropped a big pr for the 5k distance during the race. Freshman Andres Chavez and Junior Andrew Gonzales rounded out your top 7 for the day. The boys finished 7th overall on the day one spot away from their best finish as a team in school history at the Stanford Invitational. The Boys finished right behind state #7 Clovis North, which would put the boys in the top 15 in the State.