Posted by KING HIGH CROSS COUNTRY on Oct 27 2019 at 05:45PM PDT

Written by Jenna Bernath (’20). Photos by Stephanie Ortiz (’23)

The Riverside Cross Country Course is a course the Wolves know almost too well. They know the dips, bumps, and sharp turns, but most notably they know the dust. Saturday’s dust settled over the course like a morning fog, making for a perfect Halloween season scene. Despite living up to its name, “the Dust Bowl, as many call it, King emerged from the dust and pulled through for a great morning of racing.

The sophomore boys started the morning off right with Adrian Flores running the race of his life. He was followed by Luke Stokes and Nathan Curtner who also ran their lifetime PR’s. The fast pace challenged all three of the boys, luckily, they were up for it. Their contagious joy over their accomplishments encouraged the rest of the team as they prepared for their own races.

King’s freshmen wasted no time making a name for themselves in front of the home crowd. Andreya Goodson placed sixth and broke the 20 minute mark with her time of 19:53. Ashlyn Richmond came in as King’s number two, also with a nice PR.

The boys freshmen placed second as a team following Dana Hills. John Wangari led the way with Jack Slavin on his tail and Scotty Biddle not too far behind, all three of them came in the top 20 finishers. The two Bens, Ben Pierce and Benjamin Heick, also ran well rounding out the Wolves’ five.

Boys and girls varsity ran competitively in their respective races. There was a whole new set of faces on the boy’s side with the “A-squad” varsity runners at Mt. Sac, but this group in Riverside held their own, showing great efforts. Freshman, John Gathuu, continued to impress leading the pack for the Wolves with Bohdin Rush close behind. For the girls, Joan Green and Jocelynn Stevenson stayed consistent holding King’s number 1 and 2 spots.

Saturday was a good practice run for the CIF hopefuls.

King’s JV level came to compete and compete they did. Raymundo Ortega ran a fantastic PR coming in first for King. Luke Freese followed with a solid race. The girls placed sixth as a team giving forth maximum effort. Shelby Grossi and Jane Gathuu pushed each other through the race and ran very nicely. The rest of the squad followed in their footsteps and Justine Marshall ran well in her first race back from a week of bed-rest.

All in all, the Wolves displayed great efforts that paid off. King cross country coach Carrie Soholt reminded the group at the conclusion of their races that if they set their minds on something they will accomplish it, even if their vision is clouded by dust in the beginning.