Montgomery’s junior varsity squad delivered a strong showing at the 2nd annual Bob Shor Invitational hosted by our orange-and-black blood rivals (guess who?) at Spring Lake Park on Sept. 5. The invitational’s unique 2.1 mile JV course follows the first two miles of our home course with a quick, sharp right turn down “Insult Hill” to bring the athlete home. Despite 14 members of the entire team falling to an early onslaught of illness affecting this meet, the Viking athletes able to run carried on regardless of the temporary loss.
The JV Boys were led by senior Gage Hallin, who conquered the course in 14:29 (6:53) – a dramatic 3:06 PR from his 2017 race. The race is just the beginning of the profit from Hallin’s solid mileage in the summer (THIS is why we run in the summer kids!).
Hallin was followed by sophomore Grant Hurd, who ran 14:49 (7:03), followed up Hallin’s PR with dramatic 2:18 PR of his own (AGAIN, this is why we run in the summer kids!). Hurd will also see his summer mileage work pay off throughout the season.
Sophomore Dillon Kiernan completed the second of his three invitationals in eight days in a 14:54 (7:05), still racing quite strongly with only a week of training under his belt! Sophomore Tan Luong continued the incoming Quack Train of PR ducks with his own 2:13 PR, also completing the course in a 14:54 (7:05) just getting edged at the line by Kiernan. Hailing all the way from Rome, one of our 2018 resident international runners and the “Italian Express” himself Giulio Guarino scored fifth for his teammates in a 14:58 (7:07).
Freshman August Curtis continued his consistent pacing with a 15:20 (7:18) to score 6th for the Vikings, and freshman Loki Fuller completed the top seven with a 16:50 (8:01). Bryan Aguirre followed up his back-to-back invitational performance with a 17:42 (8:25). Seniors Jake Howe and Luke Triola ran an 18:31 (8:49) and 20:58 (9:59) respectively to complete the JV boys squad showing.
On the JV girls side, surprise incoming Cardinal Newman transfer Kira Kelley (who boasts strong varsity 100m and 200m times on her resume) completed her first cross-country race and first race as a Viking, leading the JV girls squad in a 16:55 (8:03). Sophomore Fiona Sweet followed closely behind with a 17:00 (8:05). Freshman Julia Lusnia continued to demonstrate her potential and posted a 17:18 (8:14).
Junior Jessica Dueck ran a 17:32 (8:21) to score 4th for the Viking ladies and senior Savannah Goshgarian ran a 17:38 (8:23) to complete the scoring five. Junior Lulu Devoulin ran a 18:30 (8:48) and our second resident international runner and Italian exchange student Michol Ottolenghi – also known as the “Italian Flyer” completed the seven with a 21:28 (10:13).
While most of the varsity followed the coach’s original plan and executed a great tempo workout at the full 3.05-mile varsity race on the home course to prep for the Lowell Invitational, senior Leah Haley had something different in mind when she blasted her way from 19th to 13th on the Montgomery Top 25 all-time course records list in a strong season opener of 18:59 (6:13) and a 23-second PR (Wait, why do we work out in the summer kids? What’s that? PRs??). Haley followed up her Rancho Cotate Invitational win last week with a win here as well, leaving behind the rest of the field by a full 61 seconds.
Junior Mariah Briceno scored second for the Viking women with a 20:37 (6:45) – faster than her 2017 Bob Shor performance – but somewhat shy of her PR. Sophomore Abbey Colvin also ran quite a bit faster than her 2017 Bob Shor performance in a 23:20 (7:39), but was also shy of her PR. Sophomore Serena Goshgarian 26:21 (8:38) and senior Jessica Celli 26:58 (8:50) stepped up to the plate to jump into the varsity race in place of missing sick teammates to allow the Viking women to field a scoring team for the invite.
The varsity boys (Brandon Alvarado, Brent Oru-Craig, Kyle Theuerkauf, Sebastian Herbst and Kibby Tesfamichael) delivered a thorough tempo workout, but senior Garrett Hurd forgot about the tempo and had an outstanding 1:40 PR in the middle of it with a 19:08 (6:16) – besting his Spring Lake PR from freshman year to score fourth for the Viking men. (SUMMER! SUMMER! OMG SUMMER!)
Sophomore Hayden Dalsing also dropped a 33-second PR (wait, summer?) in the middle of scoring 7th for the Viking men with a 19:36 (6:25). Senior Justin Parks saw solid improvement by running a faster mile average with a 20:12 (6:37) on a hillier course than his debut cross-country race at the Rancho Invite the previous week. Freshman counterparts Lucas Morthole (20:14 (6:38)) and Jaymon George (21:09 (6:56)) continued to deliver strong performances in their quest for varsity tenure.
Next up on the blog is the breakdown of the varsity races at the Lowell Invitational in Golden Gate Park on Sept. 8!