It was an absolutely beautiful setting and perfect conditions for the OC Champs meet at Silverado on October 19th.
Let’s start with the girls: and we have to lead this story with Athlete of the Article Daisy Bateman! Daisy absolutely killed it for the Sophomore Girls with a top 50 sub-24 finish and an incredible FIVE MINUTES PLUS off her PR and SIX MINUTES PLUS off her season best! In the words of Ronald Weasley: bloody hell! Go Daisy!
Daisy was just one of 4 Sophomore girls to finish top 50, joined by Kathleen Moffatt with a fabulous new 21:41.6 PR, Mayu Sato aaaaand! She’s baa-aack! Lauren Tsai blasted through to a Top 20 finish with a nice steady run, looking strong and building on her recovery from injury. So exciting to see those bright pink socks back on the course!
Our Varsity Girls put in a good solid performance in the Sweepstakes race to finish with 3 in the Top 50 and sub-19, backed up by 2 more in the low-to-mid-19s, finishing 11th overall as a team in this extremely talented field. Our Varsity Girl conundrum this year is not that we don’t have a strong team. We do! They are running faster than last year. But other schools seem to have managed to recruit themselves some extremely speedy girls! Still – it’s all to play for at the league meets coming up next week, and a coveted CIF spot in November. The girls know what they need to do, and they’re focused on doing it.
As I sit and type this, I am looking at ANOTHER column full of yellow as the Freshman Boys continue to capitalize on their hard work in training and nail a whole new set of PRs. Mason Chambers! 1/10 of a second still counts! Congratulations on your new PR! Ryan DeHaas is officially sub-19 for the first time, Luke LeBlanc has gone sub-20 and Ben Paterno is now a sub-21 runner! Ryan Duncan celebrates a new PR sooo close to sub-19, and Christian Curo, Jackson Ellis, Matthew Garcia, Rio Matsuoka and Simon Blake all join him celebrating their new PRs too. Special shout outs must go to Tanner Castanha who ran a Top 20 finish with his 17:17, consistently running low-17s. Hudson Lee is another One to Watch for the future, also consistently in the 17s. But Athlete of the Article this week for the boys is Garrick Lee! 2 ½ minutes off his PR and a fantastic 23:18 finish, Nice one Garrick!
Where it starts to get really exciting for future seasons, is when we see what the Sophomore and JV Boys are doing! Soph Boys were the 3rd placed team after 5 Top 50 finishers, led by Youssef and Bryce with beautiful sub-17 performances. Jonathan Truong, Anish Patel and Matthew Lamm helped bring the team home to Top 3 with runs in the 17s. Aska should be well pleased with his sub-20 finish and new PR, and a big welcome to Pranav Das, Ethan Lewis and Sam Stevens who all ran for the first time at OC Champs and all put in very respectable first run times.
Our JV Boys are hot on Beckman’s tails as they came home to a 2nd place team finish, led by Carter Castanha in 3rd place with 16:26.9, Carter Allan in 5th with 16:38.8 and Rayan Jamshidian in 11th place with 16:59.4. Joel Whitson and Patrick McEwen rounded out the top 5 finishers with runs in the low 17s.
Boys Varsity, also running the Sweepstakes race against the most talented runners in Orange County, held their own with Ryan Welton and Will Talbert finishing 11th and 31st respectively with low-15s runs. VERY low in Ryan’s case! Just 9 seconds off that elusive 14 barrier! With back up by Russell Stottlemyer continuing his phenomenal season with a mid-15’s finish, Joseph Moon and both Pantigoso boys all sub-16 and Ken in the low-16s, our Varsity boys swept to a 5th place team finish and the potential for a ticket to CIF State in a few weeks if they continue on this level!
Next up – Riverside! Go Warriors!