Rancho Cotate Invitational
While Vikings have more recently attended the Rancho Cotate Invitational as their season opener, the meet was rescheduled due to football conflicts. This led to only the Viking JV squads being able to compete due to the Viking varsity team attending the San Francisco Lowell Invitational the next day in Golden Gate Park.
Freshman Isabel Holmes logged a 22:21 (7:31) to come in second in the JV Girls race on the flat and fast 2.97 course. Holmes was followed by freshman Fiona Sweet, whose 23:14 (7:49) mark took 7th place. New Zealand import and junior Ashley Keyte opened her season coming in third for the Vikings with a 24:21 (8:12), and freshman Serena Goshgarian 25:08 () came in fourth. While cross-country newcomers and Viking sprinters Jessica Dueck’s and Lulu Devoulin’s official times were lost due to a timing error, coaching staff logged their times as roughly X for Dueck and X for Devoulin.
On the JV Boys side, all Viking times were also unofficial due to timing errors and mishaps and we are still waiting for the results to come out.
Varsity Vikings journeyed down to Golden Gate Park to attend the Lowell Invitational, a meet varsity began attending last year which generally has good racing weather and produces fast times.
The varsity girls kicked things off for the meet with a strong team average of 20:57 (7:09) for the top five on the 2.93 mile course. Jasmine (Jazzy) Becker played her own tune of jazz music for her potential new college coaches at Academy of Art University with a 19:23 (6:37), a rousing 1:28 second PR from her 2016 race. Sophomore Mariah Briceno followed closely with her own dramatic 1:39 second PR of 19:38 (6:42). Grace Mackey paced for the Viking’s third with a 21:08 (7:12), while freshman Abbey Colvin had the surprise performance of the day with her 21:21 (7:17) time – nearly four minutes faster than her Spring Lake opener. Savannah Goshgarian registered a 23:12 (7:55) a 21-second PR, and Jessica Celli logged a solid 23:50 (8:08) to complete the team’s performances.
The varsity boys also had an excellent team average of 16:38 (5:40) in their race. The team was again led by Brent Oru-Craig with a 16:24 (5:36), followed by a recovered and operational Ramon Cruz with a 16:33 (5:39). Coming in third for the Viking was Jacob Williams with 16:42 (5:42), a 22-second PR, doubtlessly related to his own summer training. Kyle Theurkauf opened his 2017 season with a six second PR in a 16:43. Brandon Alvarado had the men’s performance of the day while successfully breaking 18 and 17 minutes for the first time ever on any course over 2.9 miles with a time of 16:46 (5:43) to round out the top five. Dramatic PRs were registered by the remainder of the Viking varsity squad when Justin Richter took sixth with a 17:20 (5:55) knocking 22 seconds off his previous time and Charles Fisher took seventh with a startling 1:45 second PR to complete the top seven in a time of 18:52 (6:26).
Next up? The Vikings host the 33rd annual Viking Opener Invitational at Spring Lake Park.