(Graphic by Jackson Crawford)
Sophomore Tina Huang, competing in her first cross-country meet, placed 29th of 93 runners in her division in the Josh Ruff Memorial Invitational on Sept. 14 at the Willow Hill Reservoir Course in Folsom.
Huang, running in the girls frosh/soph small schools division, finished the 3,400-meter course in 18 minutes, 31.31 seconds.
“I really didn’t know what to expect,” Huang said. “I showed up a bit late, and I don’t think I spent enough time stretching and warming up.”
Huang said the hilly course helped her.
“A lot of the other girls slowed down at the hills, so I was able to pass them pretty easily,” she said.
Country Day, which had only four runners in the various divisions, was unable to place as a team in the 5,000-meter varsity boys or girls event.
“The team performed well, especially for it being the first cross country meet ever for some of them,” coach Joe Hartman said. “Although it’s still only the second meet of the year, the kids are in pretty good shape. We still have a lot of training to do, though.”
Davis won the 44-team varsity boys race, and St. Francis finished first in the 31-team girls event.
Sophomore Daniel Winter of St. Mary’s in Stockton led all 347 boys with a time of 16:38.08.
Sophomore Cate Joaquin of St. Francis took first place among 257 girls in 18:41.40.
The Cavs’ next meet, hosted by Sacramento Adventist, is on Wednesday, Sept. 25.
—By Miles Morrow