The Boys and Girls Cross Country Teams had their first outing as full teams rather than the grade-level formats they've been competing in at the early season invitational meets. The Saints Small School Invitational at Morley Field last Friday was held over the CIF championship course and was attended by all of the Central league and Division IV contenders.
We held our top runner, Ben Enowitz, out of the boys’ varsity race as a precautionary measure because of a sore foot, but the rest of the varsity squad ran. Against Central league schools we placed third behind a very strong Clairemont team and Christian High School. Even with Enowitz in the lineup we're probably no match for Clairemont.
Against Christian, however, it'd be very close. Among Division IV, teams La Jolla Country Day is very strong this year, with the Islanders, Christian, Bishop's, and Mt. Empire all fighting it out for the runner-up spot that will advance to the State meet in Fresno. In the divisional matchup, David Grimes placed 13th with a time of 18:48 over the 3.03-mile course followed by Sean O'Brien (19:04), Andy Centeno (19:14), Kevin Siefert (19:17), Turner Stanley (19:25), and Ben Green (19:55).
In the Boys JV race Gabe Salvatierra placed 20th in 20:38 followed by Jordan Vance (25th in 20:50), Danny Luiken, Micah Fischer, Byran Beverly, Jack Nolan, Chase Mashburn and Alex Fish.
As was the case with the boys’ race, all of the divisions were run at the same time with the results factored out by computer. Sallie Privett placed second behind OLP's Sammie Silva with a time of 16:56 over the girls’ 2.75-mile course. Islander competitors included Annie Lovering (fifth in 18:32), Adie Davies (seventh in 18:50), Sadie Gimber (12th in 19:11), Cassie Callahan (13th in 19:14), Selina Schmeck (20:44), and Coco O'Brien (20:53).”