The cross country team began their season back in June. Over the summer the runners get miles in to build a base for their season to come. Many of these runners have been training for 5 months now and still have a month to go until the end of the season.
So far this season has been a building year for the Falcons. The team is young (there are only 5 upper-classmen) but they are gaining more confidence as each day passes. The Falcons have a strong core of young athletes that has the future looking bright.
The Varsity Girls team has 4 returners from last year (Sophomore’s Jessica Singh, Kelly Cordova, and Seniors Kassandra Galicia, and Katelyn Cook). Galicia has been battling a knee injury all season but has been getting strong as of late. She cut off 3 minutes off her time in the past two weeks. She has a “can do” attitude that is infectious to anybody she is around. Next we have Jessica Singh and Kelly Cordova. Singh and Cordova have been a dynamic duo this fall. Both have proven to be the top 6 of the SCAC conference and will try and produce the same or better performances as league championships and sub-sections come around. Katelyn Cook was the top returner from last season but has sadly been sidelined with an injury in her foot.
The next 3 on the Varsity Girls are all new this year (Sophomore’s Tanya Gallardo and Jasmine Garcia, and Freshman Nancy Tracy). All three have moved up from running JV earlier in the year. Gallardo is new to running but has shown great progression as the season has gone on. She is finding her pace and is becoming a stronger runner day after day. She will be a fixture on the team going forward. Tracy had great success at the JV level and is learning the transition to Varsity. JV runs 2 miles a race while Varsity runs 3. Garcia is making the transition to Varsity as well and is doing a wonderful job. These 3 are working hard and their results are paying off.
The Varsity boys have gained momentum throughout the season and are starting to come into shape at the right time as league championships are two weeks away. The Varsity boys (Seniors: Tyree Lewis and Jomar Lopes, Juniors: Xavier Estrada and Raydan Domingo, Sophomores: Osman Yousif and Angel Rodas Garcia, Freshman: Gabe Estrada, Javier (Seth) Saavedra, and Mohamed Yousif) are a squad that is on the rise.
Lewis and Xavier Estrada have been the lead horses of this group. They are great workout partners as well as great competitors. They are putting in hard work to move up in the rankings of the SCAC. Younger brother Gabe Estrada has made the jump to Varsity after winning the first 3 JV races he ran in. Gabe has been working hard and will be a key component of the team at the league championships in two weeks. Seth Saavedra is another freshman on this team that is turning heads. He is an athlete who is always willing to do extra. Saavedra has been running Varsity all season long and is proving that is the place where he belongs. Angel Rodas Garcia is an athlete who has been dealing with the injury bug all season. But he got to race last week at 80% and his time was eye-opening. He is a kid who will run through the wall for you. He is also team captain as a Sophomore and is well respected. Angel will be a major contributor for the Falcons as this season moves forward. We next move on to the always entertaining Yousif brothers (Mo and Osman). Mo has proven to be a major factor on the Varsity boys team. He is an athlete who is determined to get better everyday. His brother Osman has progressed through the season and ran his best race just this week. Osman has the heart of a lion and will put himself in the best position every race to help out his team. Lopes and Domingo are two athletes who enjoy coming out and competing. They are splitting their time between band and cross country, but when they can make it they both put in hard work.
This Varsity boys team is young, but determined to make their mark at league championships. They want to show everyone how hard they have been working. The future is bright for the Falcons as 5 of the top 7 are under-classmen. With a young core like this to build on watch out for the Falcons in the up coming years.