King Demonstrates True Strength In San Diego

Posted by KING HIGH CROSS COUNTRY on Sep 21 2021 at 07:50PM PDT

Those who did not compete at the Woodbridge Invitational traveled to San Diego for the Mt.Carmel Invitational.

The meet runs grade-level races and then merges the results in a computer following the last race. The King boys (absent their best seven) placed 36 overall out of 71 schools while the girls (without Guadian and Brunken) placed 20 overall out of 55 schools.

There were a lot of top performances all around in with the start of the freshman girls, which was Ava Harper with her 21st place finish and Marikaya Williams’ 45th finish to snatch a medal in a good second half showing.

In Sophomore Boys, Timothy Gill(46th place) and Seth Robinson (45th) both put in some very strong performances to go under 20 minutes and get medals as well. In the Junior Girls, all three participants of Ashlyn Richmond, Andreya Goodson, and Patricia Dacasin medaled and ran very aggressive races with the leader of Andreya Goodson running an all time best of 17:55 for the 2.75 mile course!

The senior boys held their own in the invitational race with David Bedoya coming back from injury and running a solid 18:09 performance for the 2.95 mile boys course.

The highlight of the day came from our Sophomore girls that placed 1st place as a team against all the schools present with Emely Ruiz and Sarah Pietrantonio stepping up big with their 9th and 10th place finishing with Gardemia Sandoval (19th place), Kaylee Magno (29th place), and newcomer Isabelle Graham (41th place) securing the title for King Cross Country. Emely Ruiz said “I didn’t think I can be that high up in the race but I just went for it and it felt great at the end”

A key moment for King Cross country was the second loop when the teams tended to tire, King embraced the challenge and made surges in the second half to demonstrate our strong finishes.


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