“Hot!” “Dusty!” “Awful!” “Ugh!”
Some of the words our warriors associate with the Riverside course. Well, the only ones we can print anyway, among plenty of other choice comments! Not our most popular course!
That said, while no one expected miracles last Saturday October 26th, there were in fact nonetheless a few surprises among the pack!
Everyone put in reasonable performances given the conditions. Alison Ho managed to nail herself a new PR despite the heat and dust that blew up for the Varsity girls race, shaving off 2 seconds to come in at 19:06.4.
Ryan Albright also managed a new PR for the Freshman boys, showing consistent week-on-week improvement and finishing in 19:08.1. Big congratulations to Rio Matsuoka for breaking the sub-19 barrier with his new PR!
But Saturday was a day for the Sophomore boys! Bryce Shaver led the team to finish in 12th place with a new PR of 16:37.1. Jonathan Truong came achingly close to joining him in the sub-17 bracket with a new PR of 17:02.4, with Anish Patel following just behind, crossing the line at 17:15.3 and earning himself his own new PR. Yoshihiro hasn’t broken sub 21 – yet – but with his continued improvements week on week, culminating in his latest 21:12.8 PR on this not-most-comfortable of courses, he’s showing us all it’s only a matter of time. Watch this space for an end of season finish in the 20’s for this hardworking athlete!
Among the JV Boys, Carter Allan put in a notable performance, coming 6th overall.
All in all, the teams put in a good effort over this tough course, and we can look forward to plenty more surprises yet to come as the season starts to draw to a close.