King Get Hit With A True Test

Posted by KING HIGH CROSS COUNTRY on Oct 26 2021 at 09:49AM PDT

As the cross country teams prepare for the postseason, the varsity squads took a trip to Mt.SAC to race two very high competitive races on the hilly 2.9 mile course these athletes will have to become familiar with for CIF. The course hosts both the CIF Preliminary and CIF Finals races.

The first race was the Girls Varsity where they ran in the Individual Sweepstakes, which means they competed with the best of the best. Andrea Guadian lead the girls team with an impressive 22nd finish as she eyes to be top 20 the next time she steps on the Mt.SAC starting line as she tries to accomplish her goal of qualifying to State.

Emely Ruiz and Andreya Goodson both ran great races as they both ran under 20:40! Sarah Pietrantonio ran another top performance this season with her 21:24 time and showed that she is ready for the postseason. King’s 5th girl was fought by Leah Pendleton and Kaylee Magno through the entire 2.9 mile race and Pendleton bested her teammate with an impressive lifetime PR of 21:50.

The girls placed 14th in the Individual Sweepstakes while missing their usual number 1 girl and placed 80th out of 301 teams that competed overall through the entire meet!

The Boys team raced next where they had a top performance, placing 4th in their respective race. Jack Slavin led the race strongly as he held his own with the leaders for 2 miles and learned what the Mt.SAC course feels like as he prepares for his postseason plans. Matthew Gwynn and Julian Morgan both started out conservatively but made strong moves in the second half of the race and really started to show true determination in the hills. Nathan Curtner and David Bedoya both had great races and the both placed in the scoring and showed that even with some lack of experience on this course would not hold back these two seniors from performing when needed. Damien Zemanek went into this race feeling a bit under the weather but optimistic about his next appearance at this course in CIF and now knows what he is up for when the time is needed. The Boys like the girls were missing their usual number 1 runner but still placed an amazing 30th place overall out of 358 schools!

Coach Seckinger said after the meet, “It is great being with the best races against the best school, it shows how well we have done this year to be in the conversation with these top state bound schools.”


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