CHS Cross Country Teams’ Early Results Bode Well for Postseason
Going into the Saints Small School Invitational last Friday, the Islander Cross Country Team had competed in three meets, but they had yet to go head-to-head against a Central League or Division IV rival, as a team. All of the league and division contending teams entered the Saints Invitational, with the results hopefully providing a harbinger of what is to come.
The Boy’s Team won the Division IV matchup against La Jolla Country Day by the closest of margins. Each team scored 67 points, but Coronado won based on the finishing position of our sixth runner (the old Sixth Runner tie-breaker rule). Ben Enowitz led the Islanders, finishing second with a time of 17:17 for the 3.1-mile course.
He was followed by Michael Davies (fourth in 17:46), David Grimes (19th in 18:59), Cotter Stacy (22nd in 19:11), Ben Green (23rd in 19:16), Jose Tijerina (24th in 19:16), and Turner Stanley (46th in 20:11).
Against Central League rivals, we were six points behind Clairemont (a Division III team), but won easily against all others. The close finishes against LJCD and Clairemont were achieved even though Grimes, Tijerina and Stanley had not raced to their normal standards. Kevin Siefert, who ran in the JV race, served notice that he is ready to move up to the varsity by finishing seventh in 19:41 over the same course. The first five runners were all from Division III.
Also finishing the JV race were Jordan Vance (20:47), Leo Legidakes (20:48), Kramer De Laurentis (21:13), Danny Luiken (21:15), Cory Couture (21:20), Alton Smith, Micah Fischer, Frank Harrison, Alex Fish, Jack Nolan and Tim Sebring.
The race of the day was the Varsity Girls match-up featuring Coronado’s Sallie Privett (freshman), Sammy Silva (sophomore) from Our Lady of Peace, LJCD’s Lauren Pischel (senior), and Bishop’s Elizabeth Schulze (sophomore). During last year’s track season, Silva was the Division II 1,600-meter champion with a time of 5:07.45. Pischel placed second at last year’s Division IV CIF Cross Country championships, followed by Schulze in third.
At the Mustang Invitational earlier this season, Privett out-kicked Silva to win by 13 seconds. However, at the Mt. Carmel Invitational, Privett’s three rivals posted better times. Because the races were contested by grade level, they didn’t face Privett. Silva and Schulze went 1-2 in the sophomore race and Pischel placed fourth in the senior race. Although Privett won the freshman race at the same event, she had an off day and was laboring at the race’s conclusion. Silva’s winning time (over a shorter version of the Saint’s course) was 16:13 compared to Privett’s time of 16:56. Ok, that’s enough background information.
From the gun, as expected, it was a four-girl race, with the lead group populated by the aforementioned quartet. They ran as a pack, changing leads for about 2 miles, after which Schulze began to lose ground. Privett took the lead at the bottom of the last hill (called the Dog Loop, because it’s a no-leash dog run area) with about three-quarters of a mile remaining in the race. The area was supposed to be canine-free for this event, but (as usual) it wasn’t policed and two large dogs jumped on Privett three times before she was able to run them off.
The conditions didn’t change the outcome, as Privett won in a time of 16:35. Silva passed Pischel in the last few hundred yards to finish second in 16:39. Pischel ran 16:42 and Schulze was fourth in 16:53.
Fellow Islander freshmen Adrianna Davies, Coco O’Brien and Selina Schmek followed in 15th, 26th and 48th place, with times of 18:42, 19:31 and 21:00 respectively. Sophomore Helen Luppi placed 78th. Due to a time conflict, seniors Sheila Braun and Lindsay Pettee ran in the earlier JV race, where they placed 13th and 15th.
Bishop’s won the Division IV team race with 41 points, followed by LJCD, Francis Parker, Santa Fe Christian and Coronado all grouped about 40 points back. Since two Islanders weren’t in the varsity heat, second place in the division seems up for grabs. In the Central League match-up, Coronado came out on top.