PENULTIMATE LEAGUE RACE SETS UP NEXT SATURDAY'S SHOWDOWN
EASTVALE: Under blue skies on Saturday, the cross country teams took on the blue-clad Norco Cougars on Saturday. It was the 4th of 5 Big 8 League dual meets and contested on Eleanor Roosevelt’s campus course.
The Wolves raced well despite lacking the drama of competition, as Norco could not field a scoring girls squad, and King’s boys swept, 15-50.
It was the clock and each other that served up the competition for the boys, as King would put the first 9 places across the line. Gray Mavhera, who has been exceptionally consistent this season while steadily improving, had another excellent race, coming very close to his season personal record (PR) set on the same course two weeks ago. He finished just steps behind the race winner, Francisco Zavaleta who won in a time of 15:43. Jonathan Weaver also ran a PR to finish fifth for the Wolves, as did Bohdin Rush, Michael Rodriguez, Bryson Pradia and freshman Gavin Moore.
The girls ran their second league race in a row in which their opponent could not put the minimum number (5) of harriers on the line to score. So, it was King vs. King in a way, which, given the gracious and supportive nature of the team, makes it a friendly competition. Audrey Brunken and Andrea Guadian continued their front running, with Brunken gaining the win by just a few steps. Evenie Fuentes looked really solid in third with a season-best time of 19:43.
The sixth through ninth place finishers all had PR’s on the day, with Victoria Gonzalez, Gardemia Sandoval, Jazz Arroyo and Emely Ruiz all under their previous bests, while Jazz and Emely put together a spirited kick over the last 100 meters, side by side.
Samantha Torres, Grace Lowry and Stephanie Ortiz also put together PR performances.
The final race will go off next Saturday on the King High campus. The boys at 4-0 will go against Santiago who is also at 4-0. The winner will be the league champion.
Both girls squads stand at 3-1 in league, so the Sharks and Wolves will race to decide the league runner up behind the league champions, E. Roosevelt.
If this penultimate meet was missing a level of intensity, next week should make up for it.