The 2007 Cross Country season finally came to an end last Saturday at Woodward Park in Fresno, with Coronado's Ben Enowitz achieving an honor that has eluded all male Islander harriers for two decades.
Since the inception of the State Meet in 1987, Coronado has managed to place three girls on the All-State Team (Top 10 finishers at state), but no boys. Cross Country Specialist Trevor Clarke came closest in 1994 with an 11th place finish over the fabled 5,000-meter Woodward Park course with a time of 16:23 and had two other finishes in the Top 25. Ben Frasier finished 31st in 1988, and Cheyne Jones, who holds the Coronado mile record, finished 35th in 1996. Two-time CIF San Diego Section Division IV champ Jake Ruzevick's best finish was 50th in 2002.
With over 200 Division IV starters, all of whom qualified at their respective CIF finals throughout California, a Top 10 finish is a tough nut to crack. Ben passed the mile mark in ninth place in a little under 5 minutes and fell as far back as 12th place in the middle of the race. All his tough training came through in the last mile as he moved back up to ninth and out-kicked a runner at the end to place eighth with a time of 16:11, the fastest ever by an Islander at the event. David Grimes was our second finisher in 84th with a time of 17:20 followed by Andrew Centeno (18:11), Kevin Siefert (18:21), and Ben Green (18:38).
In the girls race, on the same course, the top Coronado finisher was freshman Annie Lovering who placed 79th out of over 200 starters in 20:57 followed by Adie Davies in 22:40.