Both the boys' and girls' Cross Country teams qualified for the state meet in Fresno. The boys placed third behind Sage Creek and Crawford while the girls took second place behind Sage Creek. The top runner for our boys' team was Brad Busby who took fifth in the D-IV race with a time of 16:20 over the new 2.96 CIF course at Morley Field. He was followed by Ian Hurlburt in 12th with a time of 16:40, Patrick Harris (18th in 16:49), Luke Klingenberg (25th in 17:05) and Cole Mullins to round out the scoring with a 30th place finish in 17:20. The pushers were Cole Nichols and Casey Harris. In the D-IV girls race, Teresa Perez placed 2nd over the same course with a time of 18:36. She was followed by Madden Hundley (8th in 19:36), Sofia Van Arsdale (14th in 20:30), Naya Tamariz (16th in 20:39), and Abigail Hundley to round out the scoring while finishing in 21st with a time of 20:54. The pusher was Natalya Gomez. Busby, Perez, and Madden Hundley received All-Western League honors because they finished among the top 10 in their races.
The girls were expected to advance to the State Meet with Sage Creek and us by far the two strongest teams. We thought the boys had a pretty good shot with Crawford, Valley Center, and High Tech High assumed to be our main competition for one of the remaining two slots behind the prohibitive favorite, Sage Creek. Sage Creek easily won the boys meet with a score of 32 followed by Crawford with 77 and Coronado with 90. Del Largo Academy (136) came from out of nowhere to beat both High Tech High (155) and Valley Center(157). Interestingly Del Largo also placed 3rd in the girls meet. Going into Saturday's meet, they weren't on anyone's radar.
Although our girl's qualifies for the state meet nearly every year, the last time a full boys team advanced was in 2007. That year we sent only two girls as individual qualifiers. The last time that both a boys and girls full team qualified was in 1995.