Well! We could list all the athletes that had phenomenal runs, achieved great gains and nailed new PR’s at last weekend’s Temecula Twilight run, but - you will be reading this for hours! We knew that the Temecula course was going to be fast, flat and furious. It was a wonderful night for many, and for some it was a night that they simply knocked it out of the park!
Ashley Dahl, running varsity in her freshman year, is now coming closer than ever to lettering with a finish just a fraction over the 20 minute mark. Many athletes shaved a minute or more from their previous PR – well done to Margaret McNamara, Marianna Tabb, Grace Ferry, Ada Meltzer who broke 22 minutes for the first time, Kathleen Moffatt for her season PR, Mayu Sato who has made massive improvements this season and is now sub-23, Seina Shimizu, Cordelia Shipman, and Kanishk Purohit!
Then there were the “subs”! Great job Yu-Lun, John Soss, David Lee, Brandon Pham and Ada Meltzer who are all now sub-22, and especially Matthew Ochefsky who went straight under 22 minutes to gain a huge new official PR.
Ryan Duncan made a comeback with a sub-20 finish, joining team mate Ryan Albright, Sergey Mironov, and Josh Ramos in the 19s, and a special mention is deserved for Matthew Garcia who clearly decided he didn’t even want to hang around in the 20s and so went straight to the 19s from his prior 21s PR!
Coming in sub-19 for the first time were Christian Curo, Jackson Ellis, Ethan Huang, Nikolas Lee, Josh Ledina, Will Hardcastle, and a welcome back to Braden Evenson who blasted back into racing after a short break with a stunning 18:59 finish!
Sub-18 shout-outs are well-deserved for Hunter Bott, Andrew Chiou, and Kanishk Purohit. Alex Kerr – you are maddenly close to making this list! Keep going!
Where it got really exciting was the 16s! Congratulations again to Bryce, Youssef, and Jackson Billings for their sub-16:40 letters! Matthew McEldowney will also be rightly celebrating his sub-17 finish.
Some special mentions for Alison Ho who debuts in varsity this year and is continuing to make amazing progress, coming close to a sub-19 finish. Ben Paterno didn’t just manage any old PR, but took over 2 minutes off of his prior official record. Matthew Huang is continuing to get faster at every race, and it seems Yoshihiro Yamamoto heard the call and rose to the challenge of giving us our requested 21s ! With a time of 21:26.5 he nailed it! Dare we ask now for the 20’s Yoshihiro?!
Among the Varsity teams, Woodbridge made a strong case for CIF qualifying with some stunning runs from both boys and girls. Sarah Klem continued her blast into the 17s with a 17:43.6 and 8th place finish. She was joined in the top 20 by Mia Washida with a huge new PR of 18:09.2 with Sierra Shaver just on her heels at 18:10.3, rounding out 3 top 30 finishers and pulling the team home to 4th place overall. The boys…..! where to start?! With 2 finishing in the top 10, 4 in the top 20, 6 of them finishing sub-16, most in the low-15s, and placing 2nd overall as a team just behind the mighty Great Oak, things are looking good for State, let alone Southern CIF finals! Keep going boys!
But the final word this week HAS to go to Carter Allan. Carter – whatever you’re on, we all want some! Carter’s regular low-17s finishes were blown out of the water last weekend with an incredible 15:57.3 PR. Carter is a consistently reliable runner even by normal standards, but the stars aligned on Saturday night to bring him home in 4th place for JV boys, lettering and earning him a place right up there with the very best and a well-deserved Athlete of the Meet. So proud of you Carter!
League meets start from tomorrow!