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King Cross Country:Race Results 2018

King Cross Country

Thursday, October 11

It was three years ago to the day that the boys varsity team from King was able to win a Big 8 league race, besting the other five schools.  History repeated itself on Wednesday at Andulka Park as the boys varsity team led by Garrett Vasta and Mitchell Machuca outran their rival Roosevelt and the rest of the league to win by a large margin.  Austin Fortenberry, Francisco Zavaleta and Edgar Ortega all helped with the scoring and the victory capped off a good day of cross country racing by the Wolves

Gray Mavhera won the JV boys race and led the team to a dominant win over Roosevelt by 22 points. It was the first race win for the 9th grader! Matt Castro and Hector Ruvalcaba both had outstanding races to follow, with Hector notching perhaps one of his finest races of his career. Nikko Guzman and Dathan Chann rounded out the scoring five to complete the boys' sweep of the league.

Both of the girls' teams finished in second.  The JV girls could perhaps lay claim to "best race of the day" as they came storming back from a third-place finish in the first meet three weeks ago, to nearly win the race outright.  40 points separated the Lady Wolves from Santiago back in September, but on this day that margin shrunk to a mere 3 points as King finished in second.  The effort was led by a tremendous race by sophomore Joselyn Stevenson and senior Briana Rodriguez who went first and second across the line.  Freshman Camile Bradford was next from King, but it was the effort of soph Naveah Gonzalez that had the whole team buzzing.  She stormed forward over the last half of the 2.9 mile race to score and finish much higher than she ever has previously.  It was an impressive performance by the first-year runner!

The girls varsity struggled a bit, but still managed to improve off their third-place showing from the first round, to take second but just three points ahead of Roosevelt. Santiago won the race.  Amanda Sosa was the first for King across, followed by Joan Green, Jenna Bernath, Lauren Peurifoy and Audrey Brunken.  Brunken, a freshman, scored at the varsity level for the first time in her young career, averaging 6:50 per mile for the undulating course.

The Big 8 is competitive in the sport.  Santiago and Roosevelt pose worthy challengers each season.  For the boys from King, the return to the victory stand has not been an easy one, but the difficulty of the ascent makes it all the sweeter. Given where the girls teams were at just a few weeks ago, their second place finishes were victories in their own right.  This 1-2 punch made for a good day for King cross country.  

Results    Photos


Tuesday, October 2
SEATTLE: The team traveled to the great Northwest this past weekend to race in the Nike Twilight Invitational and take in the sights and sounds of the Emerald City, Seattle.

If they had packed ponchos and umbrellas, one would understand as Seattle is green for 

one reason: Lots of rain. But the rain stayed away over the team's three-days stay and the 33 athletes enjoyed spectacular weather and a set of great races on the Cedarcrest Golf Course.

The cross country meet is in it's 12th year and is already drawing top talent. Headlining the event was Jesuit of Portland Oregon, a perennial state and national power. Their boys and girls teams dominated the competition, but in the boys' race, the King Wolves showed the Washington and Oregon kids that California was in town. In a stunning display of pack-racing, the varsity boys spread 19 seconds over runners 1-5 and with their top two (Garret Vasta and Mitchell Machuca) finishing in the top 12 overall places, the Wolves finished third of the 30-plus schools on the line. Another outstanding effort was turned in by Malachi Cabanilla, Francisco Zavaleta and Austin Fortenberry to earn the low score, with Brian Green and Edgar Ortega within 10 seconds of the scoring group. It was a very impressive day.

The JV boys were split into two different races, and both teams competed well. Group one, in the "open division" finished first, led by Antonio Ruvalcaba. The open race included both men and women and racers of all ages, but the King kids raced well in it. Group two took second place in the large school JV race. In that contest, Dathan Chann was on the heals of the race leader for most of the 5K layout before fading back a bit. Matthew Castro was the first King runner across the line.

The girls' did not have the full contingent of varsity runners on the line and those absences contributed to their 10th place finish. Joan Green led the charge for the girls, followed closely by Amanda Sosa and Jenna Bernath. Lauren Peurifoy and Kela Mavhera both made their season debuts after time away for health-related issues.

Sydney Magno gritted her teeth and got through her first race of the season as well, running impressively in the JV girls race and leading the way for King. Faith Chick was right on her at the finish line, to help in the scoring that saw the King girls finishing in third.

The meet was only part of the highlights of the weekend. Perfectly blue skies covered the team on Friday as they toured the famous sights of the city, from the Space Needle to the Public Market, known for housing the first-ever Starbucks store. A leisurely run along the Samamish River trail on Friday had the students from Southern Cal exclaiming over the beauty of a city that is normally shrouded in clouds and dampened by copious amounts of rain. "It's not raining on our parade!" exclaimed senior, Amanda Sosa with a smile.

On Sunday the team took in the final game of the 2018 Seattle Mariners baseball season, a game in which, fittingly, the Mariners won. That victory seemed to sum up the whole weekend for King Cross Country.

 Results    Photo Gallery


Monday, October 1
girls varsity

This weekend the Wolves squad split up with part of the team traveling to Seattle, WA for the Nike Twilight Invitational while the other half competed locally at the Canyon Springs Invitational for the first time ever in Kings history.

The local King squad left nothing short of their own legacy as they attempted the rocky Canyon Springs 2.92 mile course for the first time. The Meet started well with some stellar Frosh-soph performances. On the girls side Naveah led the frosh girls with a 5th place finish and with a time of 23:26. Julia Freese and Chloe Kurtzwere not far behind finishing in 8th and 10th place respectively.

The Frosh-soph boys took 2nd place overall as a team with 57 points. Julian Morgan led the way followed by James Avila, Joseph Caraan, Brady Goodson, Adrian Flores, Matthew Bardo, and Luke Stokes rounding out the top 7. Julian came in with a time of 19.11.05 with the rest of his teammates forming a tight pack close behind as the rest of the pack all ran under 21 minutes (20:13, 20:27, 20:42, 20:53, 20:54, 21:11) , demonstrating the importance of tight packs in the sport of cross country.

The JV girls put on a great show, placing 2nd overall as well! Senior, Sydney Grossi led the way placing 4th with a time of 22:10.01. Lydia Xu, Hannah Mayberry, and Jennifer Jerahian ran almost the whole race side by side. Lydia kicked it in in the final 800 m and finished with a time of 24.26.36 with Hannah and Jennifer close behind with times of 24.47.04 and 25.32.64. Jalene Rodriguez showed her grit and tenacity as she fought hard over the 2.92 mile course and finished in the top 20 with a time of 26.41.05. Again it was the tight pack that pushed the Lady Wolves to a solid 2nd place, a solid 25 points ahead of 3rd place. Junior, Kevin Moreno, transfer from Arlington high school, raced solo in the Boys Junior Varsity race. Despite not having any teammates on the starting line with him, Kevin put up a good fight and did not let racing solo phase him. Kevin ran a time of 19.21.17, finishing 8th place overall.

Both girls and boys varsity competed exceptionally well, placing second overall, missing first by just 2 points on the girls side and 8 points on the boys' side. Freshman, Audrey Brunken showed her grace and poise as she led the Lady Wolves finishing 4th overall with a time of 21.03.93. Close behind was Justine Marshall and Jocelyn Stevenson who have been racing well all season. Today was no different. Both finished side by side with times of 21:24:59 and 21:32:05. Senior Briana Rodriguez shined bright as she raced this course for the 4th time as Briana joined us her senior year, coming from canyon Springs High School. She was 4th for the lady wolves with a time of 21:49:48, finishing 10th overall. Shelby and Camille rounded out the 7 finishing in 13th and 14th, again side by side with times of 22:27:51 and 22:31:81. Again the Lady Wolves' close pack pushed them to a second place finish overall.

The Boys varsity was very excited after their 2nd place finish. Freshman Gray Mavhera led the way finishing 4th overall as well with a time of 17:25:32. Jonathan Weaver and Bohdin Rush placed 2nd and 3rd for the Wolves, both running in the 18’s. Matt Somody has been coming out of the shadows and has been placing his best foot forward and ran 4th for the Wolves and finishing in the top 20 overall with a time of 19:09:80. Isaiah Cunningham, Luke Freese, and Raymundo Ortega rounded out the top 7. The Wolves showed the importance of a tight knit pack today. The Wolves are surely on their way to more success as the season progresses!



Friday, September 21
The Big 8, interestingly, consists of 6 schools. Yea, it’s complicated.

In the sport of cross country all six of the “eight” come together for one meet, which they repeat three times in one season to determine the two champions; boys and girls.

On Wednesday at Eastvale, in the roar of the 15 freeway, the Big 8 met for round one. Four races were run, JV and Varsity, Boys and Girls. It was, as always, a spirited competition to inaugurate the league season.

The JV Boys race in the Big 8 Meet on September 19, 2018 First, was the place of the JV boys, led by a pack of five for most of the race, before 9th grader Gray Mavhera pulled the group into a single line and crossed in third place overall. Dathan Chann and Matt Castro were hot on his heels. Bohdin Rush and Hector Ruvalcaba rounded out the scoring group. The JV boys finished just one point ahead of Roosevelt, but first is still first regardless of how many numbers separate it from second.

Second, was the place of the varsity boys. It was great race for the young squad against the D1 ranked Mustangs of Roosevelt. Mitchell Machuca had a strong race as did 10th grader Francisco Zavaleta who had perhaps his best race of his young career.

Third were the places of both girls squads. However, Amanda Sosa had a break out race, surprising many with a fine 2nd place finish at the varsity level, running 18:21 for the 2.95 mile course. That 2nd place was the highest finish of any King runner in all four races on the day. With at least 4 potential varsity scorers unable to run on the girls team due to various injuries, the Lady Wolves’ third-place team finish was somewhat of a victory, as the young and new girls that stepped up did admirably. 1oth grader, Jocelyn Stevenson and 9th grader, Audrey Brunken were two who ran well in their first-ever varsity race.

So it was a game of numbers. But that’s what six teams in the Big 8 can create when they all meet on one day in four races.

Photos   Results

Saturday, September 15

The Mt.Carmel Invitational is one of the more competitive cross country invitationals in California each year.  It is set on an historic and excellent course that will, in December, draw crowds as the Footlocker National Championship will be staged on the same layout that winds beneath tall eucalyptus trees in San Diego's Balboa Park under beautiful Southern California sunshine.

That majestic setting and some cool temperatures brought the best out of many of King's harriers.  Leading the way was Mitchell Machuca and Austin Fortenberry who found themselves competing in the lead group of the Junior race for most of the 2.95 mile course.  That group splintered in part because Machuca hammered the final hill to take the lead, a lead he wouldn't relinquish.  His victory, and time of 16:15, earned him a free pair of Asics shoes and is the 6th fastest time on the course for King in our 20 seasons.  Fortenberry had one of his finest hours, gamely hanging on to finish in 3rd. Along with Brian Green, Antonio Ruvalcaba and Matthew Somody the team scored well, finishing in 2nd overall

Races are by grade level at this meet, so the normal varsity lineup was spread over several races.  Malachi Cabanilla and Francisco Zavaleta were in the sophomore race, with both young men racing well near the front. Zavaleta had a great second-half of the race, moving up nicely to snag a 9th place finish behind Cabanilla's 5th place performance. Bohdin Rush, Jonathan Weaver and Brendan Provance secured high scoring spots to thrust the team ahead of Dana Hills and won the race!  It's an improvement of the sophomore race from 2017 that placed third a year ago.  Rush improved by over two minutes from last year and Provance by 1:57!

In the freshman race, Gray Mavhera borrowed from Zavaleta's tactic with a steady move-up over the course to finish in 5th with a fine race effort. Dathan Chann and Matthew Castro had good races in the Senior division.  Nikko Guzman improved from 2017 by 2:10 in the Junior race.

With the magic of computers. the meet director merged the results from all four boys' races, to give a hypothetical finish if all teams had raced at the same time. In that computer merge, King's boys were 6th of the 67 teams who competed.

The girls sophomore race also saw a King team near the top, as Jocelyn Stevenson paced the girls to a 2nd place finish.  This girl!  A sprinter on last spring's track season, Jocelyn has made a very successful transition to distance running and had yet another big race, where, ultimately, she recorded King's third-fastest time on the day and crossed the line in 9th place.  Justine Marshal, Shelby Grossi, Emily Richmond and Avalon Provance all scored to take home the team honors.  Shelby improved by 2:30 from 2017!

Joan Green had King's fastest time of the day, followed by Jenna Bernath who were both running in the Junior race. Briana Rodriguez, in her first season in a King uniform, raced in the senior race and finished with the third fastest time for the Lady Wolves on the day.  With a number of King's normal front-runners missing the starting line due to injury, the races offered up opportunities for others to step forward.

It was a good day, but admittedly it's hard to have a bad day in San Diego's Balboa Park, competing against 70 other schools in the Mt.Carmel Invitational and under that beautiful San Diego sun.

Results    Photo Album   Girls Merged Results

Saturday, September 8

The Cool Breeze Invitational, held on the Brookside Golf Club adjacent to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, draws many of the finest cross country programs from across Southern California.  The last time that King competed at the meet was in 2016 and the good experience of running in the late afternoon and under the lights on a great course against great teams was the draw that brought them back. A unique feature of the meet is that it starts at 4:00 PM and runs on into the night, the course illuminated by portable floodlights.

The varsity boys are young and inexperienced this season, yet they are on the rise.  Their 8th place finish in the fastest race of the day, against 32 other squads, proves the point.. The seven teams that placed above them are renowned for their yearly excellence.  Garrett Vasta and Mitchell Machuca did the leading duties for the Wolves, finishing in the top 35 places of a field that saw 274 finishers!  Vasta fell just a few meters before the finish line after hitting some mud on the course,, Machuca fell mid race, and King's third runner, Austin Fortenberry 

was also taken down and partially trampled but was tough enough to get up and finish with a lifetime best time for three miles at 15:28.  Francisco Zavaleta was tough in his season debut to run in fourth and Brian Green anchored the scoring.

"I felt alive out there" said Green, "Something I've never experienced in a race before" he added with a smile.

Injuries have beset many of the presumed pre-season varsity lineup on the girls' side, but that just means that doors of opportunity have opened up for others.  Justine Marshall is one of those who has stepped up from the frosh-soph level to run in the varsity lineup twice this season and hold her own.  On a lower level race in the meet, newcomer Jocelyn Stevenson showed that she's got the endurance and speed to make herself a quality presence in the top 7, with her second high-quality race and the 6th fastest King runner on the day.  Also making a breakthrough was Briana Rodgriguez who, like Jocelyn, put herself into a top-seven spot.  Freshman Audrey Brunken was all smiles of her first night-race and another PR. Amanda Sosa led the Lady Wolves with an 18:21 solid race.

Freshman Gray Mavhera shined in the 9th graders race, running in the top 10 of the large field the entire way and finishing with a 16:22 mark over the three miles, the fourth-fastest freshman time in school history.  (all time lists)

Dathan Chann led the JV boys with his best race in a year, while Sydney Grossi also ran a very good race to lead the JV girls.  The JV Boys would finish 3rd in the race. Bohdin Rush also had an outstanding race in the sophomore division, by far his best race in his short career.

Great competition has a way of bringing out the best in athletes, and the Cool Breeze did just that for King, ultimately drawing a new group of stars to rise.


Saturday, September 1
boys varsity cowrun2018

CERRITOS: After a three year break from the meet, King Cross Country returned to The Great Cow Run, hosted by Cerritos High School.  2014 was the last time the Wolves ran the flat course at Cerritos Regional Park.  While no cows or dairies are present at the park, according to the meet literature, the park sits atop a spot that once was trod by the hooves of many cows, hence, the curious meet name.

The temperatures were delightfully cool after a hot summer which made for some fine performances. Audrey Brunken and Camille Bradford kicked things off nicely with top-15 place finishes in the freshman race and Audrey time of 20:43 would eventually settle in as the 7th fastest time of the King runners on the day!   Gray Mavhera raced in the boys sophomore race as a late bus delayed the team's arrival and so the freshmen were moved into the sophomore division.  Gray was at 16:32, a fine start to his high school career.  Bohdin Rush and Jonathan Weaver - sophomores both - ran really well, with Weaver moving up nicely from the 100 meter distance last track season to cover three miles in 17:09.

The boys varsity team had a very nice breakthrough performance.  When they last raced in the sport, it was CIF Prelims last November, and even there, it seemed like this group's future was going to be bright.  Bright they were, even under overcast skies, as they finished third overall behind perenial powerhouses, Loyola and Arcadia.  Another cross power, Ayala, was four points behind while yet another, California High School, was four behind them!  Close race!  Garrett Vasta finished 10th, but a sweet 35 second margin between the five scorers was the power source for the high finish.  Austin Fortenberry, Mitchel Machuca, Malachi Cabanilla and Edgar Ortega did the honors in the scoring.  Cabanilla's time was the second fastest sophomore time in school history!

A group of newcomers to the varsity level made up most of the girls' squad, but they competed really well.  Avalon Provance, Shelby Grossi and Justine Marshall had no prior experience at the varsity level, while Mackenzie Peters and Jenna Bernath have had only limited time in the top seven. Regardless, the group, along with Amanda Sosa and Joan Green were putting together a solid effort.

The JV boys finished third in their division led by Matthew Castro and Dathan Chann, while the JV Girls finished second, led by newcomer Briana Rodgriguez who impressed with a 20:55 mark to lead the team, followed by solid races from Faith Chick and Sydney Grossi. 

Jocelyn Stevenson, like Jonathan Weaver, was running the sprint events in track last season, but she's transitioned nicely already to cross country and cruised in the sophomore race to 20:45, the 8th best King time on the day!

For the first meet of the year, the teams performed well, leaving much hope for even better things to come as the season  moves on.

Results   Photo Gallery 

Friday, August 3
On August 3, 1999, King XC had its humble beginnings. We met in front of Earhart Middle School as King wasn't completed yet, and Earhart was the only middle school in town. We all kind of met each other as we were all so, so very new. We snapped a picture using a camera to record the moment on, well, film. In the background was a Christmas tree farm and orange groves. 35 or so 9th and 10th graders -- mostly 9th graders and mostly boys -- posed stiffly for the pic and perhaps wondered who this 34 year old guy was that was taking the picture.

Today, 19 years later, King XC came back to where it all started. With a bit of surprise planned for the workout this morning, we ran over to Earhart, had some breakfast, and talked about our past and present and hopes for the future. The time goes by so very quickly. It wasn't lost on me that none of these kids were even alive in '99.

And then we took a picture (using a phone!), pretty near the spot where that first team posed last century out there in front of Earhart Middle School. The Christmas tree farm has been covered over by suburbia, but what does remain is the story that we are all in the midst of writing. King's story hasn't been perfect, but it's been one that hopes to end well and as we look back over the last 19 seasons of our program, we see so many young people who took a chance and ran with us, leaving the legacy that this year's kids get to enjoy.


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