Middle School Cross Country Shows Great Progress Year Over Year
As we suspected, the team this year is definitely strong. Despite coming up short in team scoring on both the boys and girls side, the marked improvement in times is certainly clear when comparing year over year statistics. Last year was the first year we had competed at this meet, so it was nice to get some comparisons with this year's team.
Our new 8th-grade girl record holder, Bryce Chan, flew through the course in a time of 9:55. To put that in perspective, she topped our old record of 10:42 by 47 seconds. Celeste Taylor is our new 7th-grade record holder running a great race in a time of 10:44. That was 6 seconds faster than she ran last year. Teammate Molly Allison eclipsed her time from last year by 1:04 running the course in 10:48. 6th Grader Maddie Bendzick earned a 6th-grade record running a swift time of 10:50. In the case of Bryce, Celeste, Molly and Maddie, all of them lead a crew of runners from last year's team who are now competing for our CIF and State ranked varsity girls cross country team. Also earning spots on our top-5 list are 8th grader Christina Zhao, who ran a time of 11:24 which was 3:11 faster than she ran last year at this course; 7th grader Sarah Tomeo who sits at number four on the grade list with her time of 13:46; and Emma Griffin who earned a #5 spot on our 6th grade list with her nice time of 12:31.
The boy's team fared just as well as they saw a significant number of team members earn spots on our grade level top 5 lists. Leading the charge is new 8th-grade record holder Clark Hill, who ran the course in a time of 9:13. Just behind Clark was fellow 8th grader Evan Lee who also clocked a 9:13 time. They finished 4th and 5th overall in the race. Nicholas Jacome and Jared Anthony continued the dominance on our 8th grade top 5 list. Nicholas' time of 10:08 and Jared's time of 10:38 puts them 3rd and 5th respectively. Our two 7th grade boy runners earned spots in our historic list. Mark Robinson ran the race in 11:28 (2nd all-time) and bettered his time from last year by 1:05! Max Harline ran a gritty race and finished with a time of 13:30 and good for 5th all-time. 6th grade Marcelo Cruz led the charge of some great 6th-grade boy racers. His time of 10:16 tops the list. Following Marcelo were Devin Thomas (11:17) and Caden Gazzaniga (11:41) who are #3 and #5 respectively on our top 5 list.
Next up for the Tartans is the Mt. SAC Invitational. Widely respected as the nation's largest cross country meet, we will see ourselves in races with well over 100 runners in each. Given our tenacity, we are sure to have a great day.