The cross-country team competed in the 41st annual Stanford Invitational, Sept. 27.

The five runners that attended the meet ran in 5,000-meter races, one for male athletes, the other for females.

This was junior Keaton Ochoa’s first meet.

“Although I received (a time of) 26:04, I’m happy with my performance,” Ochoa said.

Junior Keaton Ochoa competed in his first cross-country race this weekend.

Photo by Adam Ketchum
Junior Keaton Ochoa competed in his first cross-country race this weekend.

Ochoa mainly joined the team because he wanted to build up strength in his knees, which he has had problems with his entire life.

However, since he has had several surgeries on them over the years, he thinks that they will not cause him any problems in the future.

“I wasn’t really paying attention to my time during the race, since it was my first and my goal is to improve my times over the season,” Ochoa said.

Sophomore John Hansen achieved a personal record in his race, with a time of 25:06.

Hansen wasn’t sure why he was faster in this race.

“It might have been because it was held on the golf course at Stanford, which was much flatter than the local courses we usually run on,” Hansen said.

The team’s next race will be the Wildfire Invitational, at Foresthill High School’s Old Mill course, Saturday, Oct. 4.

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