X-Country Maintains Victorious Streak

Mollie Swan, Photo Editor

A typical afternoon practice for Miramonte’s cross country team begins with a series of announcements followed by a “warm-up” mile, several drills; and a long distance run. Finally, the team endures a series of exercises intended to strengthen the core and body, all in hopes of late season success.
Led by new head coach and St. Mary’s alum Brad Alban, the steadily improving Miramonte boys and girls cross country teams put forth a strong showing at the the Clovis Meet and appear well positioned to make this year’s state meet.

To qualify, each team will need to finish in the top four at NCS. Based on last weekend’s exceptional performance, it appears that both the girls and boys have a real shot.
The boys won the Clovis event, and the girls placed 9th. Both teams have proven markedly faster than previous Miramonte squads as they head to Southern California to participate in the prestigious Mt. Sac Invitational in Walnut, CA.

Key runners on the girl’s varsity cross country team are veterans Savannah Ryder ‘12, Mary Doyle ‘12, Sierra Ryder ‘14, and Rebekah Ent ‘13. On the boy’s varsity team, strong runners include Matt Stewart ‘12, Adam Roeder ‘13, Dillon Read ‘13, and Jamie Fehrnstrom ’12. These team stalwarts help lead the rigorous training and preparation that has resulted in steady improvement throughout the season.

As the Mats ramp up their training for their pivotal trip to Southern California, a familiar rival lurks. Campolindo also sports a highly formidable squad, and both teams seem focused on not only the Mt Sac Invitational but also on the return to Northern California. The two rival teams will first square off at the DFAL Championship on Nov.5, and then again at NCS, and ultimately at the big State Meet.