Over 2,000 runners from nearly 80 schools and four states participated in the Mt. Carmel Cross Country Invitational at Morley Field last Saturday, over the same course used by the Footlocker National Championships and the CIF San Diego Section Finals.
Races were divided by grade-level and school size (large and small) with overall results combined via computer. It's still pretty early in the season but it was a great chance for us to see how we compare with the key teams we'll face in October when the dual meet season gets underway.
In the small school Frosh girls race we placed all three of our entries up-front with Annie Lovering leading the way in 10th place out of 133 finishers over the 2.7-mile girl’s course with a time of 17:57. She was followed by Cassie Callahan and Sadie Gimber running together in 21st and 22nd place both in around 18:45. The only other race our young girls team entered was the Sophomore event over the same course with Sallie Privett placing second in 16:57, followed by Adie Davies (11th in 17:58), Selina Schmeck (20:01) and CoCo O'Brien (20:25). The compiled team results produced out of all races put the Islanders in first place out of all Division IV schools and well in front of our nearest league and CIF rivals (Christian and Bishop’s) by 75 and 37 points respectively.
In the boys senior race Ben Enowitz had a huge drop in his personal best time over the 2.95-mile boys course, placing second with a time of 16:06. The only other senior was Jordon Vance who ran 22:07. In the junior race David Grimes placed 33rd in 17:41 followed by Sean O'Brien (18:28) and Andrew Centeno (19:20). In the sophomore race Kevin Seifert ran 19:12 followed by Gabe Salvatierra in 20:37. The compiled results put Coronado on top of all Division IV schools with a score of 78 followed closely by Christian with 79 and Bishop's with 87. Once again it appears the boys league and CIF championships will be close contests.