Cross-country runs fast

The cross-country team wrapped up a successful 2018 regular season campaign at the Peninsula Athletic League Championship on Nov. 3, held at the Crystal Springs course. Three juniors—Sonja Dommen, Brendan Creeks and Livvy van Hamel Platerink—earned spots at the Central Coast Section (CCS) finals, and multiple athletes ran personal record times on the course despite oppressive heat.

“I ended up barely getting a P.R. even though it was really hot out,” junior Cooper Glavin said. “I think we did really well as a team this year, and I can’t wait for next year.”

The team held practices the following week at Sawyer Camp Trail in San Mateo to help the CCS-qualifying runners prepare for their next meet and to slowly conclude the season for the rest of the athletes on the team.

The CCS championships were rescheduled for Nov. 17. after being postponed due to smoke originating from the Camp Fire in Northern California settling over the course on Nov. 10. By the time of this paper’s publication, results will be available on www.Athletic.net.

Optimism surrounding the cross-country program should only increase from here, as all three of the athletes who qualified for CCS will be back next year as seniors, and strong 2018 performances from promising underclassmen like sophomore Aaron Becker and freshman Johnny Suarez are harbingers of greater things to come in the future.

“I’m really excited to get back on the course next season and hopefully make CCS,” Becker said.

 Sophomore Aaron Becker powers his way through a hot PAL championship race at Hallmark Park.

Sophomore Aaron Becker powers his way through a hot PAL championship race at Hallmark Park.

Posted on November 22, 2018 .