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Cross Country places first for boys and second for girls in the Hacienda League Meet

First meet to first place | Sophomore Joshua Razo placed first for boys in the Hacienda League Cross Country Meet on Saturday, March 13 helping the boys to their first victory at Walnut High School

Cross country had its first meet of the season on Saturday, March 13. The meet was the first on-campus student event of the year and was organized by Jerry Knox, head cross country coach 

Sophomore Josh Razo placed first for boys and junior Francisco Alvarez placed second. Seniors Chris Razo and Robert Arriaga placed third and fourth, respectively. Junior Shandy Moore placed second for girls.  

“It felt pretty good to win the race, but I wasn’t very happy with my time,” Josh Razo said. “It was the first league race so it’s alright. I hope to get to the lower 15s like I was a couple months ago for the three mile. It was kind of a weird course and I’m just trying to stay consistent right now.”

The team had been training virtually since the start of the school year. This semester gave them the chance to do more in person practice which prepared them for this meet. For strength and conditioning, the team does squats and lunges. They also do core work three times a week to help with posture while running. This race also signifies the start of the cross country season for the Hacienda League. Usually, cross country is a fall sport, but because of the pandemic the season was postponed until now. 

“It was fun to see everyone again. It was really cold and not as warm as it usually is,” Arriaga said. “We never usually run at Walnut for cross country meets and not everyone was there at the start. We weren’t given our times at the finish line this year because it was more of a get in and get out situation.” 

Two different races were held, and scores from both races were compared to determine winners.

“It was a weird environment, because usually you’re used to racing all at the same time,” Josh Razo said. “I feel like it was a disadvantage because when there’s more people you get more pumped for [the race].”

By Bhalpriya Sandhu, Staff writer
Photo courtesy of Ryan Maine