After last weekend’s invitational meet at Stanford, the Islander Cross Country team was prepared to start their league meets held at Morley Field. As part of Western League, Coronado competes among the tougher schools in the San Diego Section.
Those that make up this league are Scripps Ranch, University City, Cathedral Catholic, La Jolla, and Serra High Schools. “League meets have evolved over the last two years from one-on-one contests to a format where every team competes against every other team in a cluster format,” comments Coach George Green. “All six teams get an overall score in each race, as well as a head-to-head score with every other team in the race,” which are then added to determine overall ranking.
In both the boys’ and girls’ divisions, Coronado placed third behind Scripps Ranch (1st) and Cathedral Catholic (2nd), followed by University City in fourth. Teresa Perez won the girls’ varsity race by twenty-five seconds, with a time 18:45 over 3.11 miles. Next for the Islanders, Abigail Hundley placed sixth among fifty-two finishers, clocking 19:49, and Sofia Van Arsdale placed seventh in 19:51. Other finishers in the girls’ varsity race were Madden Hundley, Regina Czerewko, Jessica Ehret, who is still recovering from a calf strain, and Lauren White. “The girl’s league contest could be pretty close this year as the top four teams are within 20 points of one another,” says Coach Green.
Brad Busby was the top finisher for the boys’ race, placing sixth with a time of 16:43. Six seconds later, Connor Jaynes crossed the finish line in seventh place (16:49). The next Islander was Cole Mullins in 12th place, clocking 17:11, followed by Casey Harris, Landon Mullins, Grant Hawthorne, Gio Navarro, and Cole Hutcherson. “On the boy’s side, because of the size of the school and their depth, it appears that Scripps Ranch will repeat as the league champs this season,” Coach Green predicts.
Wednesday, October 10 – JV League Meet at Morley Field @ 3 PM