Congratulations to the CMHS girls’ varsity cross country team and Edward Rodriguez for making it to the CIF Prelims and Finals hosted at Mt. SAC (San Antonio College) on November 12th and 20th.
The famous Mt. SAC course is one of the harder races, known for its hills called “Switchback,” “Poop-out,” and “Reservoir.”
On the day of CIF Prelims, the weather was brutal, with temperatures reaching the 80s and 90s.
In fact, later in the day, after Costa Mesa already raced, they shortened the course to two miles instead of three due to safety issues.
Despite the challenges, the team persevered, and qualified for the CIF Finals, with the girls’ team placing 5th overall and Edward placing 5th as an individual.
“Team did a great job at CIF! Getting to CIF takes a lot of hard work and dedication, so to qualify to CIF is quite the accomplishment,” said Steve Moreno, the cross country coach here at CMHS. “At CIF Finals, the team had great efforts with most of the team running new PR’s for the course.”
At CIF Finals, senior Edward Rodriguez placed 17th with an impressive time of 16:04!
The girls’ varsity team was led by senior and team captain Daisy Carrillo with a time of 20:44, followed by freshman Lindsey Patino Gomez with a time of 20:48.
Next was senior Angeles Alatorre (21:01), senior Nicole Alvarez (22:10), senior Abigail Constantino (22:31), freshman Julieta Colin (23:50), and lastly, freshman Courtney Roum (25:10).
“The team should be very proud of their efforts at CIF. It was 22 weeks in the making, starting with 6:00 am summer practices during the summer, and putting in the 1000’s of miles as a team. To be one of the best 16 teams in southern California is a great accomplishment,” said Coach Moreno.
Overall, all of the hard work that these athletes put into their training definitely paid off at CIF.
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Pictures taken by Coach Helen