Cross country runs down first tournament

James Dang
September 14, 2011

The Cross Country team of Washington High School started off to a rocky start as they headed to their first meet of the season, the Ed Sias Invitational. Held in Martinez, the meet proudly featured some of top competitive schools in Northern California such as Granada High School and De La Salle High School. A highly popular meet, Ed Sias was to prepare eleven races in order to accommodate all the runners. These races were classified as Varsity, Junior Varsity, and Frosh Soph. There were more than one hundred runners for each race.
Washington came into the meet with high spirits and expectations. Every runner was to run on a two-mile course. Junior Nolan Peterson was one of the Boys’ Varsity runners for Washington. He ran a time of 11:01 and earned 14th place. Peterson stated that he could have done much better, having done so in last year’s meet with a time of 10:36. Meanwhile, Girls’ Varsity runner, Junior Jessica Yee, placed 34th with a time of 13:53. These two runners were the first to finish for Washington’s Boys and Girls team.
Overall, Washington placed 12th out of 16 schools for Boys’ Varsity and 12th out of 18 schools for Girls’ Varsity. Last year’s performance was superior to this year’s performance, placing 10th out of 19 schools and 9th out of 17 schools for Boys’ and Girls’ Varsity, respectively. Nonetheless, Washington Cross Country’s coaches do not lose hope and expect no less from any of the runners. They look forward to next week’s meet, the De La Salle/Carondelet Nike Invitational, on September 17.
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