Thursday, January 26, 2023

Cross Country Runners Finish League Season with Personal Records, Hundley All Western League, Track Starts This Week

Last Tuesday’s dual meet with Cathedral Catholic marked the end of the Cross Country season for all but the five runners who will go on to the League Finals on Tuesday, 16 March. This year was a very unusual season with no Invitational meets and five dual meets in less than a month. All of the runners who made it through the entire season had their fastest race in one of the last two meets. Our course is 3.11 miles and runs 15-20 seconds slower than a typical 5000-meter race.

Conor Youngblood showed the most improvement by dropping 2 minutes and 24 seconds off his time from last year. He was our top boy finisher in the race with Cathedral, placing seventh in 18 minutes flat. Detrik Heidt was our next finisher with a time of 19:59, followed by Spencer Williams, Jack Shumaker, Baxter Simpson, and Lucas

Conor Youngblood dropped 2 minutes and 24 seconds from his time last season

Abigail Hundley won her race by 26 seconds in 19:11, which ranks her around eighth in San Diego Country.

Abigail Hundley won by 26 seconds. She’s among the top 10 girls in San Diego County

Claire Cook was our second finisher with a time of 21:22, followed by Julia Mineo, who ran 21:53. Our fourth finisher was Lily Clemons, followed by Anna Youngblood, Maya Voltin, and Caroline Cole.

Freshmen Julia Mineo (left) and Clair Cook will join Abby Hundley at League finals

The league finals on 16 March will pit the top runners from the six schools in our league; Coronado, Mira Mesa, Cathedral Catholic, Point Loma, University, and Scripps Ranch. Youngblood and Heidt will race in the boys’ event while Hundley, Cook, and Mineo will run for the girls.

Detrik Heidt will join Connor at League Finals

The next day, 17 March, we’ll officially start Track practice. Our first meet will be on 17 April, but we don’t yet know if it’ll be a dual meet with High Tech High or a cluster meet with HTH, Lincoln, and Crawford. Hopefully, the COVID situation by that time will allow the cluster event.

You can view photos from all of this year’s races at this URL:

At the league finals on 16 March, there were two races for boys and two for girls.  Each race consisted of three schools. The combined results produced a championship event for boys and girls.  The protocol of no more than four schools in a race and no more than 40 runners kept us from running all six schools together. Abby won her race with a time of 19:39, but in the combined race, she was third. Since the top ten finishers are All-Western League runners, she’s all Western League for this season. She also won the top Senior Runner Of the year award. Claire and Julia finished in 23rd and 25th place in the combined event with times of 21:39 and 21:48. They were the 2nd and 3rd freshmen girls to finish the race.  Conor finished 29th overall for the boys in 18:25. Detrik was 45th overall with a time of 20:19. There is a video of the girls race at the photo link above.

The top 10 finishers from the combined races were named All-Western League. Abigail Hundley is the middle girl kneeling.
Abigail Hundley and two boys receive top Senior Runners of the year award for Western League Cross Country



George Green
George Green
Head Cross Country and Distance Track Coach, Coronado High School