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King Faces Southern Sections Best

Posted by KING HIGH CROSS COUNTRY at Nov 27, 2021 4:01PM PST ( 0 Comments )
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As the season comes to an end, King Cross Country went onto the final round of competition to compete with the very best that Southern Section has to offer. CIF Finals is in the past, one of the most brutal and fastest races of the entire season as there is no bad team or individuals in the race! Everyone that steps on the line is quality when you reach this level and this year was no exemption.

The Division 1 Girls race took off first as our individual qualifier of Audrey Brunken took of strong as she was in 20th going into the first mile and into Switchbacks under 6 pace! After going down Switchbacks and heading towards the halfway point Audrey moved up and placed herself in 16h place with a time of 9:44. She then went on a strong second half as she moved up even further to ended up at 14th place and run 18:24 as her time which is one second off her all time PR in a hilly Mt.Sac course!! Audrey Brunken ended her last race fighting and showed she is a force to be reckoned on any race she is in.

The Division 1 Boys were next as they lineup next to some of the best programs in the State and best programs in the Nation! King Boys was lead by Gray Mavhera as he went off with the very best of the race and placed 37th in a heavily staked race with a great time of 15:43. Matthew Gwynn and Julian Morgan both ran great second half races and they both placed in their expected spots with Gwynn placing 69th and Morgan placing 76th. Following closely behind those two were David Bedoya and Damien Zemanek as they both stepped up when needed and place in the top 5 scores as Bedoya runs a PR and placed 79th and Zemanek placed 87th. The boys teams final runners in the race were Nathan Curtner and Jack Slavin and they fought hard and did their best with the competition as Curtner placed 91th and Slavin placed 94th.

King Cross Country held their own and got the experience that was missing in the past season with the cancelation because of Covid and got the feel of normality. Coaches look to the future and our proud of everything that was accomplished this season as they couldn’t ask for anything else from the athletes but their best effort, and in the end of the day….that’s what they did!

King Endures The Heat of CIF

Posted by KING HIGH CROSS COUNTRY at Nov 16, 2021 9:55AM PST ( 0 Comments )
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The Championship phase of the season arrived and both King girls and boys headed to Mt.SAC for the CIF Prelims with the hopes of qualifying for the CIF Finals. The Prelims advance the top 16 teams to that CIF Finals and at that meet, the top 7 will move on to the State Meet while the rest end their respective seasons. The stage was set and the weather during the races topped at 84 degrees, to make it quite a hot day in mid November!

The Boys raced first as Gray Mavhera took no time to make his way to the leaders and had one of the best performances of the day with his 8th place finish. Matthew Gwynn and Jack Slavin both ran strong races as they both placed themselves in the middle of the pack of Arcadia High – the #3 seed of the field – and went after them in the second half of the race with Gwynn placing 17th and Slavin placing 23th. David Bedoya continued his great postseason form and broke into King’s top 5 again and is becoming one of King’s best assets as he placed 28th in the race. Nathan Curtner again showed he is the man to count on as he was the 5th man to score for the team and proved to be the vital final punch to secure King Boys hopes of making it past to the next round with his 33rd finish. Julian Morgan placed 44th in the race while fighting a recent cold and looks to be all ready to go for next week’s race as he is sure to bounce back into the top 5 scorers. To finish off his remarkable year, Brayden Lunetta ran his first ever CIF race as a FRESHMAN and put in a good fight as he placed 56th and got good experience on how it feels to be in a high stake race. Coach Sandoval told the boys before the race “Today is about taking care of business, not about running our best, just about qualifying, so let’s take care of business” and they sure took care of business! The Boys placed 3rd in their heat and placed 12th overall to secure their post into CIF Finals! They will keep their sights on the top 7 and make a strong attempt at qualifying for State.

The Girls followed as they raced later in the day and the temperatures kept rising, Audrey Brunken and Andrea Guadian both scorched the course as they both attempted to qualify into the next round as individuals by placing in the top 6.

Brunken placed 5th to secure her spot into the next round while Guadian placed 9th in an amazing effort and finished her season. Andreya Goodson had a gutsy race as she placed herself in a fast group and held on as long as she could to place 36th for the girls. Emely Ruiz had an off day as she struggled through the race and placed 59th. It does not take away however anything from all she has accomplished this season as being one of the standouts of the team.

Sarah Pietrantonio just held off the kick of Ava Harper as they both ran aggressive races and placed 82nd and 83rd. Gardemia Sandoval was in the race next to Sarah and Ava but on a turn going up Switchbacks, she twisted her ankle and couldn’t finish the race as she limped off to the medical tent. The Girls placed 7th in their heat and placed 21st overall as their season as a team has come to an end. The Girls finished a fantastic season as they learned a lot about what a real cross country season is like after the COVID-altered season of 2020. They can look to come back next year and make it further than this year! All the coaches are proud of the girls season even with the abrupt ending at Prelims, they see this season as a success and seek to improve more in the Track season to come.

The Boys team and Audrey Brunken now move on to CIF Finals and will seek to qualify for the State Finals. The season keeps going, at least one more week.