Montgomery opens season at Rancho Cotate Invitational (Aug. 31)

IMG_2418Montgomery XC opened their season at the Rancho Cotate Invitational on Aug. 31. The flagship flat and fast 2.97 mile course was shortened to an interesting 2.72 length due to construction on Rancho’s campus.

Returning 2017 CIF State XC qualifier Leah Haley out-kicked newly formed rival Alyssa Hammer of Rincon Valley Christian in the final 200m after a stride for stride battle in the last half of the race to take the win in the varsity girls race in a blistering 16:50 (6:11). While returning fellow 2017 Triple Threat compatriot Mariah Briceno was out of town, sophomore Abbey Colvin followed up a strong track & field season to finish second for the varsity women with a 20:03 (7:22). Returning 2017 Deadly Duo member Isabel Holmes rounded out the showing with a 20:04 (7:23) for varsity, who had to field an incomplete team due to many of their teammates suffering from a sudden onset of late summer colds.

For the junior varsity women, XC newcomer and senior Hannah Hermann posted a strong performance scoring first and finishing 6th for the Vikings in a 20:32 (7:32). Returning sophomore Fiona Sweet ran a strong race with a 21:21 (7:50) to score in the top 10. The Goshgarian sisters Serena (sophomore) and Savannah (senior) went 3-4 in their finishes with a 23:04 (8:28) and a 23:10 (8:31). Freshman Julia Lusnia nipped closely at their heels closing out the scoring for the top five with a 23:11 (8:31).

Returning juniors Jessica Dueck and Lulu Devoulin rounded out the top seven, and Italian exchange student (one of two on the team this year – our athletic director mildly accused me of international recruitment this season!) and senior Michol Ottolenghi proved her mettle in her first race as a Viking.

On the varsity men’s side, senior Brandon Alvarado packed a personal punch following a strong summer of mileage and scored first for the Vikings with a 15:03 (5:31). Alvarado was followed with a strong performance from senior Brent Oru-Craig in a 15:37 (5:44). Rounding out the top five were seniors Justin Richter 15:54 (5:50), Kyle Theuerkauf¬† 16:00 (5:52) and Garrett Hurd 16:51 (6:11). Sophomore Sebastian Herbst and junior Kibreab Tesfamichael completed the top seven for the varsity men Friday.

IMG_2419Leading a contingent of 16 Viking men in the junior varsity race was sophomore Hayden Dalsing, who posted a faster time than both Herbst and Tesfamichael with a 16:57 (6:13) to finish within the top 20 of the race. Newcomer and junior Isaac Reis demonstrated his strong varsity potential by also posting a faster time than Tesfamichael with a 17:01 (6:15). Rounding out the top five were freshman Lucas Morthole, football player turned promising runner Justin Parks, and returning senior Josh Jones. Completing the top seven were freshman Jaymon George with an 18:44 (6:53) and sophomore Dillon Kiernan 18:51 (6:55) -an impressive performance considering Kiernan had only been out for the team for two days!

The additional (9) Viking men running were able to get their feet wet with 2018 season competition, many of them suiting up for the first time in Viking colors. Their hard-working performances will pay off and serve them well as they continue their season.

Grant Hurd (10) 19:24 7:07
Giulio Giurino (11) 19:33 7:11
August Curtis (9) 20:09 7:24
Loki Fuller (9) 21:20 7:50
Andy Hagemann (11) 21:41 7:58
Bryan Aguirre (9) 21:55 8:03
Jason Yepez-Ruiz (10) 22:08 8:08
Luke Triola (12) 24:00 8:49
Jake Howe (12) 24:20 8:56

The Vikings return to the races on Wednesday for the annual Bob Shor Invitational hosted by our orange-and-black clad blood rival Santa Rosa at Spring Lake. The varsity will run the regular home course and the junior varsity will run a shortened 2-mile course. Races kick off at 3:45 p.m. – see you there!

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