Islander Cross Country Program Advances Boys Team and Three Girls to State
CHS Head Cross Country Coach George Green provides the next chapter in his teams’ successful story from the 2007 season. “Ben Enowitz finally realized a four-year dream to win the CIF Division IV Cross Country Championship at the CIF Finals at Morley Field last Saturday. He took the lead at the opening gun and built a 19 second lead over La Jolla Country Day's Alex Poyhonen by the time he crossed the finish line in 16:46 over the tough San Diego Section 3.04-mile boys' course. Joining Ben as one of the division's All-CIF runners (Top 10 finishers) was David Grimes who set a personal best mark with a time of 17:55 for 10th place.
The team race for one of the top two spots that advances to the state meet in Fresno this Saturday was very close with La Jolla Country Day taking top honors with 62 points followed by Coronado with 77 and Mountain Empire with 85. Fifteen full teams and 112 runners finished the race. Sean O'Brien was the third Islander finisher in 19th place with a time of 18:45 followed by Kevin Siefert (22nd in 19:00), Andy Centeno (25th in 19:12), Ben Green (32nd in 19:44) and Turner Stanley (36th in 19:49).
Two Islander girls made the All-CIF team with freshmen Annie Lovering placing fourth over the 2.75-mile girls course with a time of 18:32, followed by Cassie Callahan in 10th with a time of 19:04. Sophomore Adie Davies placed 12th with a time of 19:09 to grab the last individual state qualifying spot. This makes the second time in as many years she's qualified for state.
The other Islander finishers were Sadie Gimber (34th), Selina Schmeck (45th), and Coco O'Brien (58th). Coronado placed third as a team with 92 points. Sallie Privett, who was the odds-on pre-race favorite, had to drop out of the race due to breathing issues, possibly adjusting to new exercise-induced asthma medication.”