Cross Country Sprints Towards NCS Success

Hannah Tennant

After performing well at Clovis International in Fresno over Columbus Day weekend, the Miramonte Cross Country team has high hopes for the rest of their season. The Mats have been struggling more this season than in the past, but they still ultimately hope to win NCS and go to State.

In order to win NCS, the Mats must beat some of their top rivals, including Campolindo. Campo has proved to be a tough competitor, and unfortunately the Mats lost to them twice this year, on Sept. 29 and again on Oct. 20.

“Our goal is to beat Campo at NCS and go to state,” said captain David Fuhriman ‘11.

The team is recovering from the loss of coaches last year, but are now led by coaches Alison Zamanian and Greg Fernbacher.

“Alison Zamanian is great. All she wants to do is help the team do well,” said captain Leahna Purcell ‘11.

The new coaches have enjoyed working with the team as well.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed coaching cross-country at Miramonte,” said Zamanian.

In addition to their coaches, captains Fuhriman, Purcell, Pierce Haley ‘11, Jamie Fehrnstrom ‘12, and Mary Doyle ‘12 have supported the 85-person team through its victories this season.

Purcell, Hannah Li ‘14, Lauren Branagh ‘14, Savannah Ryder ‘12, Sierra Ryder ‘14, and Doyle have been key athletes for the girls’ varsity team this season. At Clovis, Sierra Ryder placed 55th with a time of 21:05, coming in first for the Lady Mats.

Haley, Fehrnstrom, Matt Stewart ‘12, Tyler Hanson ‘13, and Adam Roeder ‘12 have been consistent team players for the men’s varsity, with Fehrnstrom coming in 5th at Clovis with a time of 16:19.

“We have done well in the JV boys division, placing 2nd out of seven teams, as well as in the varsity boys division, at third (behind Campo and Las Lomas respectively),” said Zamanian.

DFAL Championships will be held tomorrow, Nov. 6, at Hidden Valley Park. NCS will take place on Nov. 20, and CIF State Championships are to be held on Nov. 27.

Look for the Cross Country team around school with their t-shirts reading: “I look good from behind–don’t I?” Due to their toned physiques, chances are they do.