The JV and a few varsity went up the freeway to Windsor for a quick scrimmage against Piner and Casa Grande at Piner’s tough XX mile course at Foothills Park. The remainder of the varsity team rested their legs for their Southern California debut on Saturday at the TMU Invitational in Los Angeles.
While the JV boys fell to Casa Grande and Piner, they ran in a tight pack and had multiple PRs. Fiona Sweet continued her winning streak from the previous week and won the JV Girls race.
Though Isabel Holmes and Abbey Colvin were unable to travel with the varsity team to Southern California, they delivered solid performances in the varsity girls’ race, finishing third and fifth respectively. Also unable to travel, Justin Richter led the Viking varsity boys showing, followed by freshmen Jaden Hernandez and Sebastian Herbst.
TMU Invitational (Los Angeles)
The Viking varsity teams traveled down to Santa Clarita’s Central Park to attend the TMU Invitational on Sept. 30, where they would compete against such SoCal powerhouses as Saugus and Arcadia High School. The invitational also allowed the Vikings to catch some college races including teams from UCLA, UC Davis and UC Irvine.
The Viking men kicked things off for the day with strong performances from Kyle Theurkauf and Ramon Cruz finishing in the top 20 at the 5K distance. Theurkauf came in 11th and Cruz came in 17th. Brandon Alvarado, Jacob Williams, Charles Fisher and Kibby Tesfamichael completed the charge of Viking men to take fifth overall team in the meet, generating a top five callout by the meet’s announcers.
The Viking women matched up the men’s performance with an equal fifth place team finish. Jasmine Becker scored a top 10 finisher t-shirt in her seventh place finish with a time of 20:26 (6:35). Mariah Briceno came in 13th in only her second stab at the full 5K distance. Grace Mackey, Savannah Goshgarian, Ashley Keyte and Maia Fingerlos completed the Viking women’s showing, while Technology transfer Leah Haley cheered on her team in preparation for her own debut as a Viking at the team’s first NBL tri-meet this upcoming Wednesday.
Following a brisk morning of racing, the varsity team enjoyed an entire day at Six Flags Magic Mountain to complete their Southern California adventure before heading home the next day.
The Vikings will look to see how they stack up against reigning NBL champions Maria Carillo and northern league competitor Ukiah High on Wednesday, Oct. 4, in a new 2.8 mile course on Carillo’s campus.