Cross Country competes in CIF Preliminaries
Varsity boys and girls cross country competed at California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) preliminaries at the Riverside Cross Country Course on Friday, Nov. 10.
Both teams competed at league finals on Wednesday, Nov. 1 and placed first out of their respective sections, allowing them to advance to CIF preliminaries. Varsity girls placed sixth out of 21 to qualify for CIF finals. Varsity boys placed 16th out of 22 and will not be advancing despite five of the seven runners setting personal records.
“I felt pretty good, and I think that the team did really well. The competition was at a whole other level. We had to compete the whole race because as soon as you relaxed, you got passed up,” boys varsity freshman Chris Razo said. “It felt a lot more competitive and more important. It makes you think this is the place it really matters.”
The girls varsity team will compete in CIF finals at the same course in Riverside on Saturday, Nov. 18.
“My main goal for finals is to [set a personal record] again. For finals, we all need to step it up and really push ourselves,” girls varsity sophomore Madison Tate said. “Mentality plays an important role because if you believe you can pass that person, get a personal record or even finish the race, you can and you will succeed.”
By Raymond Dunn, Staff writer
Photo by Airi Gonzalez