XCountry athletes race in state meet

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Photo courtesy of Kira Weinberg

By Carina Calderón

On November 22, both the boys and girls varsity cross-country teams competed in the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Los Angeles Cross Country City Championships. Although they did not qualify as a team, four individuals did qualify for the coveted state meet that took place on November 29 in Clovis, CA.

Both teams’ seven runners competed in the 3-mile Division I race at LA City Championships and, with brilliant performances, both teams placed third overall in the city. The womens division consisted of 80 female athletes and the mens division included 85 male athletes. All four individuals who qualified for state were in the top ten of their Division races

Based on their times, from the girls cross country team, junior Natalie Realegeno (18:49), senior Tessa Weinberg (19:04) and sophomore Jazmine Macias (19:30) were all able to move onto the state meet. From the boys cross-country team, senior Cristian Cucuta was the only runner who was eligible to race at the state meet with a time of 15:47. Although few qualified, the runners were proud of their team as a whole.

Head Coach Susan Campbell was also pleased by all of her athletes and joyful for those who were chosen to continue to the state meet.

“I feel confident in them. They’ll do well,” Campbell said before the race.

At the state meet, all four individuals ran a full 5k amongst Division I schools.

Cucuta ran the Mens 5k Division I race, his first state meet in his four years of running. Out of the 193 male athletes, Cucuta placed 57th with a time of 16:09.

“[It] was not my best race but I gave it my all,” Cucuta said.

Three varsty girls ran the Women’s 5k Division I race, their second time at a state meet. Realegeno broke into the early 19:00s with a time of 19:04 and took 50th place. Shortly after Realegeno, Weinberg placed 102nd with a time of 19:45. Just behind Weinberg, Macias ran into 151st place with a time of 20:36. All four individuals gave the race their all.

“I didn’t perform at the level I expected, but I am still proud of what I have accomplished this season,” Realegeno said.

Now with the cross-country season over, most of the athletes will continue running and training for personal races. Cucuta and Realegeno raced at the 36th Annual Foot Locker Cross Country Championships in Walnut, CA on December 6.

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Author: Plaid Press

Granada Hills Charter High School newspaper

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