The varsity boys, girls and JV boys competed in the Woodbridge Invitational at Silver Lakes Sports Complex in Norco, California on Friday night. Woodbridge is one of the largest cross country races in the nation.
“It is a unique experience as our athletes have the opportunity to run under the lights at night against some of the best competition in the state,” said head coach Monte Wood. “Our top five boys all medaled in this year’s race, and they finished ninth overall as a team out of 27 teams.”
The top five were Chris Martinez, Ramon Rosas, Julian Lopez, Carlos Aguilera, and Isaac Andalon. There were 200 runners in their race alone, Wood said.
For the varsity girls, Alondra Hernandez finished 18th overall in a very fast time of 18:41 for three miles.
“She was tripped by another runner and fell in the second mile of the race or she might have been able to move up a few more places.” Wood said.
There were 234 runners in the girls’ race. The other varsity girls ran well, but none of them medaled.
“Diane Murillo ran a great race and is really coming on strong. She was our number two runner in this race and Anastasia Toscano set a 1:30 personal record from her time last year,” noted Wood. “Angelina Moreno also ran a minute faster than last year, so their hard work is paying off.”
In the JV race, freshman Isaiah Bargas medaled. He was running against mostly juniors and was able to medal.
“It was his first three-mile race, so it was exciting to see him run a fast time against good competition.” Wood said.
Next up for the Bruin cross country squads is the second Trans-Valley League meet, next Wednesday, Sept. 27 at Legion Park in Modesto.