This year’s annual NBL/SCL Interlock on the Spring Lake home course included Analy, Cardinal Newman, Casa Grande and Piner.
The Viking varsity and JV women had their first win of 2017 at the Interlock, both as a team and as individuals in a swatch of exciting performances. Mariah Briceno outkicked Casa Grande’s Siena Wigert (who won the Bob Shor Invitational earlier this year) and teammate Jasmine Becker to take home the win in a 19:44 (6:28) and a 25-second PR.
Becker finished third in 19:47 (), followed by Isabel Holmes in 6th who knocked off nearly four minutes from her season opening time with a 20:31. Grace Mackey’s 20:50 was strong enough for a 7th place finish and Abbey Colvin’s 22:00 was a nearly three-minute improvement from her season opener, completed the winning top five. Jessica Celli filed her own 10-second PR with a 23:56 to complete the varsity performances.
JV Viking girls winner Fiona Sweet took an early lead during the first mile and won handily in a 22:37, another dramatic nearly three-minute improvement from her season opening time at the Bob Shor Invitational. Serena Goshgarian took fifth place 24:25, followed by teammate Ashley Keyte in 6th 24:36. Freshman Cristina Palacios ran her first race for the Vikings in a 25:41 and sophomore Jessica Dueck 26:26 rounded out the top five. Sophomore Lulu Devoulin completed the JV Viking girls’ performances with her first Spring Lake race in 29:16.
The Viking JV boys were led by Kibby Tesfamichael with a massive 1:29 second PR to come in eighth in the race in a 19:23.
The Varsity boys struggled at the interlock, with some like Brent Oru-Craig having to sit out entirely and others racing slowly due to various bouts of injury and illness ranging from colds to walking pneumonia.
Unhindered by ailments, Brandon Alvarado still delivered a strong performance to lead the Vikings, again pulling off a double improvement by breaking 18 and 17 minutes for the Spring Lake course in the same race, knocking 1:58 seconds of his season opening PR of 18:52 to drop to an impressive 16:50 (5:31). Kyle Theurkauf ran his first Spring Lake course of the season in a fine 17:37, followed immediately by teammate Ramon Cruz in 17:44 and later by Justin Richter 18:28 ().
Jacob Williams, despite walking pneumonia ran a time of 18:49, out-kicking teammate and flying freshman Sebastian Herbst’s 18:50 to round out the top five. Herbst dropped nearly two minutes off of his season opening time to finish sixth for the Vikings. Charles Fisher logged his first Spring Lake PR since his sophomore year, dropping an 18 seconds off of his time to register a 19:02. Fisher spent most of his junior year cross-country season still somewhat recovering from a broken foot during an encounter with a water jump in an exhibition steeplechase during the 2016 track season.
Since the meet allowed for 10 varsity runners, freshman Jaden Fernandez had a chance to race his first full Spring Lake course finishing in a respectable 19:28. Cross-country newcomer and junior Joshua Jones opened his season at the meet with a 20:33.
The Vikings will split up again next week with JV attending the Piner Invitational at Foothills Park in Windsor and the varsity will journey down to Southern California to attend the college & high school TMU Invitational meet in Santa Clarita’s Central Park.