Warriors made a solid start to the 2019 season at the Cool Breeze Invitational in Pasadena this evening, fielding six teams for Boys Frosh, Soph, JV and Varsity, and Girls Frosh and Varsity, with four of the teams finishing in the top 15 overall.
Soph Boys managed a top 10 team finish in 9th place, led by Bryce Shaver crossing the line at 17:13, backed up by Hans Chen coming in just over 20 seconds later at 17:38.
JV Boys placed 13th as a team, thanks to efforts by Rayan Jamshidian at 17:28, Caleb Lee and Patrick McEwen who both came in sub-18:15.
Frosh Boys were helped to 14th place thanks to a fantastic run by Tanner Castanha, finishing just shy of 17 minutes flat and landing himself a top 20 individual finishing spot.
The Frosh Girls team managed a very respectable 21st place out of 33 teams, competing for the first time as high schoolers in this very competitive meet. Stand-out runners Ashley Dahl and Ingrid Johnson led the team to finish in the low-22 range.
The Varsity teams ran the competitive Sundown Showdown race, against some of the top teams in California. The girls were led by Sarah Klem and Sierra Shaver, neck and neck as always finishing with just 0.6 seconds between them in the low-18's. Next to finish was Mia Washida in the low-19's, followed by Madeleine Zavala. Our top 4 runners all sub-20'd, and Alison Ho brought them home in 5th place for the team with an amazing 20:10 run, shaving a full 2 minutes plus from last season's PR! Lauren Tsai ran another extremely courageous race, still dealing with ongoing injury problems, and will hopefully be back to full strength soon and claiming her rightful place as a top school runner. The girls managed a fabulous 12th place out of 25 extremely strong state-recognized teams.
The boys were again led by Ryan Welton with a fantastic 15:11 run, knocking 7 seconds off his previous PR obtained at the same event last year. Ryan was supported by Will Talbert and Joseph Moon who managed a low-16's finish, and Russell Stottlemyer, Ken Kakutani and Carter Castanha who all came in under 17 minutes. Special congratulations must go to Joel Whitson who ran an impressive individual race, knocking almost 30 seconds off his previous 2017 PR to come in at 17:07!
The next meet will be Laguna Hills coming up next weekend, but all Warriors should be extremely proud of their performance this evening. We've made a good start to the season and we are only going to get faster!