Cross Country: Islanders Compete in First Western League Cluster

The girls’ varsity runners take their mark at the starting line. Photo by George Green

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.

Teresa Perez
Senior Teresa Perez wins the girls’ varsity race, with a time of 18:45. Photo by George Green

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.

The gun sounds to signal the start of the boys’ varsity race. Photo by George 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.

Upcoming Meet:

Wednesday, October 10 – JV League Meet at Morley Field @ 3 PM

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Andres is a student at Coronado High School. He was a part of the KCMS Broadcast Journalism program in middle school, giving him experience in the fields of both filmmaking and news coverage. Now writing for the high school newspaper and The Coronado Times, Andres aspires to become a writer in the future and will study philosophy and creative writing after he graduates. Have news to share? Send tips, story ideas or letters to the editor to: