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King Cross Country:Race Results 2010-2014

King Cross Country

Tuesday, September 8

Saturday, September 25

Spreadsheet of 2010 season's times 

CIF Prelims
Boys Ind results   Team results
Girls Ind results    Team results  

 CIF Finals
Boys Results:  Individual   Team
Girls Results:  Individual    Team

Lane Werley, 3rd, 14:46
Hanna Peterson, 38th, 18:36 
Nike Nationals
Lane Werley, 6th, 16:26  
Cow Run   Mt. Carmel   Super XC    Clovis   MSAC







Meet #1:  JV Girls    JV Boys    Varsity Girls    Varsity Boys
Meet #2: Girls Varsity  Boys Varsity   Girls JV   Boys JV  (JV races were not scored)
League Finals:   Boys Varsity   Girls Varsity   Boys JV   Girls JV  

Friday, December 17

2010 runners of the year banner
Saturday, January 2

Congratulations to Hanna Peterson and Lane Werley who were selected by the Riverside County cross country web site as the 2010 Runners of the Year.  Hanna is sharing the honor with highly deserving Adrianna Olivas of Centennial.

What a league we have, that the three top runners in the county all hail from the Big 8!

For King, the honors continue a fine legacy. This is Lane's second title, he earned it in 2009.  Hanna follows Kelsi Tippets (2008) and Carissa Bowman (2006).

Click here to read the stories by Mark Gardner

Tuesday, December 28

ESPN/Rise has concluded their final individual rankings of the year, compiling season-long data along with both Nike Cross Nationals and Footlocker Nationals results.

Lane Werley capped his terrific senior season having earned All American status and finished the season ranked 6th nationally by ESPN/

Click here to read a story on Lane from ESPN:

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Sunday, December 5
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He was a scrawny little kid who stumbled into cross country four years ago, mainly to get in shape for his first loves, basketball and baseball. Lane Werley ended up running varsity that 9th grade season, something only a handful of freshmen have done over the years, and while it was a solid season, it didn't scream out that big things -- really big things -- were to come.

Time has a way of changing stuff. That little freshman grew into a 6-3 man and the kid who was simply looking for something to do during the fall of 2007, discovered in the process a talent he most likely didn't know he had. Seizing the opportunity it presented, Lane pushed himself with great discipline and personal responsibility over the last couple of years to becoming the best that he could be. That effort landed him at a level no one would have dreamed of just a handful of years ago, but after a muddy slog over 5000 meters at the 2010 Nike Cross Nationals (NXN) on Saturday, he firmly established himself as one of the best high school distance runners in the land.

The seventh-annual NXN meet saw a week of rain turn the course into a mud pit, but race day dawned cold and dry. Whereas Lane viewed last year's race as a "reward for a good season", this time, his final time, it was a season-long goal. Upon arrival in Portland, his goal was almost fulfilled; a top-ten finish would be the ultimate prize.

He got out well after the cannon resounded; something he didn't do last year which left him clamoring for spots and ultimately a 25th place finish. By 1000 meters here in 2010, he was in 14th place and then spent the next 4K catching up to those who started either too hard or succumbed to the precipitous amounts of mud or other man-made obstacles on the course. With 1K to go Lane had moved into 7th and was locked into a duel with an opponent for 6th. Over the last soggy sprint, Lane was able to pull away and secure a 6th place finish and his second All American title in the last 6 months.

It is always fascinating to see what young people do with their four years of high school. Some see the opportunities before them and let them pass, prone to ease and resistant to risk. For Lane, while he didn't enter high school with the plan to finish as one of the nation's premier runners and ready to embark on a collegiate career at UCLA, that scenario presented itself and he seized on it. Over a saturated and muddy field in Portland Oregon, Lane finished his high school cross country career with a flurry and on about as big a stage as one could imagine.

It's quite a way to go out.

Results    Photo Gallery   Meet's website   video of Boys Race   Highlight video of NXN experience and races

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Sunday, December 5

Mt. SAC has been host to the Footlocker Western Region Championships for the past decade or so. The meet serves to qualify athletes from 14 western states to run in the Footlocker National Championships held this year in San Diego on December 11.

While there is only one boys and one girls race that are eligible for qualifying to the Nationals, the meet also holds grade level races for anyone that wants to give it a go against runners from across the West.

Brandon Berz, who missed much of the summer due to injury, extended his season out into December to get on the Mt.SAC course once again and test himself over the extened 5000 meter layout.  He finished in 63rd place at a solid time of 18:24. (The normal course is 2.91 miles, this 5K course is the traditional course plus about 350 meters finishing on the track.)

Hanna Peterson also competed in the seeded race with the goal of finishing in the top 10 and picking up one of the spots for the Nationals. It wasn't to be as the same fatigue that grabbed her at the State meet seemed to do her over yet again. She settled for a hard fought 32nd place.  The disappointment of not qualifying doesn't take away however, the reality that Hanna fashioned for herself an amazing season of high accomplishment (including setting the Riverside County Record for the Mt.SAC course in October) and getting the notice of numerous college programs. She'll end her high school cross country career at King one of the most improved runners ever to wear our uniform as well as the fastest this school has seen. Hers has been a most remarkable journey!

Brandon's Results    Hanna's Results

Sunday, November 28
werley state 2010

As both of King's individual harriers stepped to the line at the California State Championship, they must have thought, "I've been here before."  In the 2009 event, Hanna Peterson solidified herself as one of the state's rising stars with a school record setting 12th place finish. For Lane Werley, his race a year ago launched him into the national scene with a 3rd place finish and berth at the Nike Cross Nationals.

On a rainy and cold day in Fresno, the scene hadn't changed much from a year ago, except for the competitors who toed the line were significantly faster and the fields deeper than 2009. Hanna took the line first with intentions of becoming King's first girl to finish in the top 10 at State. The week prior, Hanna was lured into a "too-quick" first mile at 5:19 that red-lined her and she had to battle to maintain her position to the finish. The strategy at State was to be conservative in mile one, then start moving up. It's a tactic that has worked well for her in the past. The leaders of the race took it out quickly and crossed the mile under 5:20 while Hanna crossed in 5:30 somewhere in the mid-20's place.  She then began to steadily move up and by two miles, crossed right at 11:20, she was 10 meters back of the top ten running well and looking good.  With a quarter mile to go, she was in 13th place and appeared to make a charge on the girls in front of her who were struggling. However it wasn't to be, as she inexplicably suffered a physical collapse and slowed her pace considerably just to get to the finish line. "I had a bad race" she said after spending some time with medical personnel. Not quite, it may have bee a bad quarter mile, but her race to that point had been executed to perfection. Bitter sweet for sure.

Even if Hanna had been able to maintain that last 90 seconds of the race, it may well have still come up a bit short of the goal. Mike Kennedy of ESPN-Rise wrote of the D1 race, "Baxter’s performance (the freshman winner who nearly broke the course record) was just the start of what turned out to be the best girls individual race in state meet history.Finishing second in 17:24 was  another freshman, Clare Carroll of Granite Bay. Carroll’s time ranks fourth on the all-time freshmen list behind Baxter, Hasay and Deena Drossin of Agoura (Agoura Hills). Drossin was also a Foot Locker champion. Alli Billmeyer of Torrey Pines (San Diego) was third at 17:25. Grabill was sixth at 17:31. In all, eight runners bettered 17:35. In 23 years, no other race has had more than three runners under 17:35."  Amazing depth, and a significant departure from the race Hanna experience a year ago. It still would take NOTHING away from the season she has put together, one that has pushed her to the front of the State's best, showing incredible improvement and setting the stage for what we hope will be a phenomenal track season.

For Lane Werley, his trip to State a year ago sealed his amazing season as legitimate and no fluke. The expectations to repeat that level of performance were felt all season long in 2010, much more so to improve on the 3rd place finish of '09.  To that end, he came away with somewhat of a bitter-sweet conclusion. Amar Moussa, Lane's nemesis from Arcadia who has bested him by less than five seconds every time they dueled, made his moved in the second mile after Lane led the field through at 4:39. By two miles, he was a two seconds off Moussa's heels at 9:29 and with one mile to go in the 5K race, he was right at 10:03 to Moussa's 10:02. The two seemed to hold that gap over the final mile, while Ryan Urie of Patrick Henry was in 3rd some 25 meters back. Moussa would go on to win, while Lane appeared to have a lock on 2nd. Urie wouldn't be denied that spot however, and unleashed a torrid kick that went well past 200 meters in length, nipping Lane at the line. 

Lane's 14:46 time was the sweetness to the bitter pill of getting out-kicked. When he finished 3rd a year ago, his mark was 15:10, so a nice 24 second improvement was served up this day. Even more significantly, he dropped 9 seconds off his PR from October at the Clovis invitational and notched the 8th fastest time EVER RECORDED on the famed Woodward Park course. Amazing.

His effort also earned him a second invitation to the Nike Cross Nationals to be held in Portland next week, and if that race goes anything like this State race, he can bet it'll be faster than it was in 2009.

Results and video   Video of Lane's race    Small photo gallery

hanna state 2010

Saturday, November 20
werley cif finals 2010
Photo by Tim Wood

The measuring stick of excellence for many cross country teams in Southern California is to take the starting line in the CIF Finals of the ultra-competitive Southern Section. For King's girls, 2010 heralded the 9th straight year they've arrived at the Big Dance.  While this was King's boys fourth trip to Finals in our history, it was the first since 2002. Both squads entered the races ranked in the middle of the top 16 in Division One, and while they didn't quite match that prediction, they still came away with solid races and will send their front-runners to Fresno next weekend for the State Championship.

Also present at the meet was a steady rain fall that forced the race from it's traditional three-hill Mt.SAC course to a 3.25 mile, concrete layout that.   The competition heated up quickly for the girls, as Hanna Peterson went out with the leaders and blistered the first mile at 5:19, a split that sent her into anaerobic shock a bit and stole some of her normal spring. She battled tough though and hung on to finish 4th overall, the highest CIF Finals finish for any King girl in our history. Carrie Soholt, who has had such a tremendous and positive impact on our program over the last four seasons and who ran consistently as our #2 all season, suffered from the effects of a nasty cold and couldn't hold her position, ultimately finishing 5th for the team. Lisa Garside and Raelyn Werley, both sophomores and the heir-apparents to lead the team in 2011 were 2nd and 3rd on the day for King. Just behind them was rookie and fellow soph, Katelyn Fatten, the talented neophyte who concluded in strong fashion a fantastic first season.  All three girls, who raced so consistently and strong all season will be back next year to pull the team along to perhaps a 10th-straight CIF Finals berth. Kasey Tippets and Priscilla Carrasco were the 6th and 7th finishers for the team.  The group finished 12th overall.

In 2002, most of this team of guys were in 2nd and 3rd grade, so had the butterflies been present at the soggy start line, it would have been understandable. Lane Werley, the only one of the seven with Finals experience (he raced as an individual in 2009 and finished as the D-1 Runner Up) took the race out hard, leading by the first turn before settling into the pack and coming by the mile at a reported 4:30 clip. By the second loop, he and two Arcadia runners including the #1 ranked runner in the nation Amar Moussa were gapping the field. With a 1000 meters to go, he and Moussa pulled away and battled to a 1-2 finish, Lane second again by one second. There was a large gap to the remainder of the King scorers, as Devin Becerra and Nick Rini finished 2-3 followed by Marc Jimenez and Adam Schupp. All appeared to have run well in the crowded and talented field. Daniel Balcazar and Chris Miller were the 6th and 7th finishers for the team and collectively finished 11th overall.

So it was a fine finish for a season full of good prospects but plagued by questions and uncertainties.  Qualifying for the CIF Finals in the Southern Section is never an easy task and both of these teams proved, from July to November, that they were up to the task.

Post-scrip: Showing the quality of the Big 8 League, the conference sent four teams to the finals (King's boys and girls and Corona's boys and girls).  While no team advanced to the State Championship, the league will send four girls (Peterson, Olivas from Centennial, Williams from Corona and Mendoza from North) and three boys (Werley, Gauger from Corona and Huntley from North).  IMPRESSIVE!

Boys Results:  Individual   Team
Girls Results:  Individual    Team

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Saturday, November 13

Though the 2010 boys team is statistically one of the best teams King has ever put on the line, and though the girls from King have been to CIF Finals for each of the last eight seasons, a berth in this season's CIF Championship was everything but certain. The CIF preliminaries had the usual offings ... warm weather, the tough Mt.SAC course and the ever-present D1 depth that the Southern Section provides. For the boys the challenge was steeper as at least three of the starting lineup were sick and only one had ever been to Finals before. For the girls, while healthy, the team is relatively young and inexperienced.  So, the races had a lot of drama as both teams, ranked in CIF, made efforts to qualify for the CIF Finals.

While it wasn't pretty, they both came away with the goal accomplished.

The boys ran in the heat of the day and while well positioned at the top of the Switchbacks as a group, by the time they arrived at the infamous Poop out hill the story had begun to switch as three teams, Arcadia, California and Great Oak were packing well while King's scorers seemed to be dropping back. With Lane Werley cruising comfortably in 2nd place, Nick Rini was running a super effort finishing 13th overall. The pack of Daniel Balcazar, Adam Schupp and Marc Jimenez weren't having their best races of the year, it was enough to push back a hard-charging Warren squad who missed the final spot for qualifying 13 points back.

So the boys finally made the Finals. After getting there three of the first four years of the program's history, 2002 (and Division 3) seems like a long time ago and a very distant memory. But the push for Finals began three years ago and while the last two seasons saw the teams come up frustratingly close, this group seized their chance and did it in a classic team effort, with those who were healthy, doing enough to pick up the slack for those who were sick.  It wasn't pretty, but they'll take it!

For the girls, making Finals has been such a steady accomplishment over the last 8 years, it can almost seem as a matter of course. But making the "Sweet 16" in D1 is always difficult and though qualifying seemed to be well in hand for the ladies by the top of the Switchbacks, the outcome began to look a little less certain by the final mile. Hanna Peterson scored a skinny 1 point with the victory, and Carrie Soholt scored a low 13, but there was a bit of a gap to the remaining scorers of Lisa Garside, Kasey Tippets and Raelyn Werley who were tightly bunched. With three solid squads firmly in front of the Lady Wolves, it was became a race for fourth, and Chino Hills was pushing for their own spot in Finals. King's depth was the key there, as both Priscilla Carrasco and Katelyn Fatten finished in front of the Huskies' fifth.

It will be the ninth year in a row for the girls to run at CIF Finals, and while that can seem a bit old-hat, next week will no doubt dawn exciting, as Finals is always that. For boys, absent from the dance for the equal number of years, they'll get the joy of finding that out for themselves.

Boys Ind results   Team results
Girls Ind results    Team results

Photo gallery

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Friday, November 5

If you look at the history of league finishes for the boys of King High, you’ll find that cross country earned the first league title in school history back in 1999, but outside of a couple exceptions, “second place” has been the team’s M.O. for much of the last decade. This year, the nemesis was a strong Corona squad, who had not only won the first two Big 8 titles (while King took second) but had amassed a string of league titles that stretch back for seven years. It was a setting for a great clash, and it didn’t disappoint.  Battling well throughout the three-mile layout, the two teams did their best, but for the first time in a half-decade, King came out on top, runners-up no more!

Individually, Lane Werley won his second-straight league title after chasing down a fast start by Corona’s Michael Gauger. Behind him the drama of the meet was being played out. Critical performances by Devin Becerra and Nick Rini set the stage. Becerra was in third with a mile to go before fading back a bit to 5th, but still ahead of Corona’s #2-man. Rini held off a Corona runner who dived to the line in an effort to snag the point.  The 5-6 combo by those two were huge, as King was able to put three in front of Corona’s #2, even if it was by a hair! Corona put the next two across the line, but another studly run by Adam Schupp (who was sick all day!) and Daniel Balcazar stopped the bleeding and sealed the 8 point victory. It was a great effort that was truly earned as the Corona guys gave everything they had and made King race every step of the way.

If there was an “easy” win in the very hot day, it came in the JV boys race, were King seemed to handle the opposition early and sustain it to the finish. Nathan Torres finished off his season in fine fashion going wire-to-wire for the win while Nathan Meier pushed him hard the whole way. Joe Casco showed the future is bright for King with a very strong 4th place showing. Brandon Berz and Perry Elerts rounded out the scoring to help King win easily over second-place Santiago. All five of these scorers are underclassmen and will presumably return next year to fill the shoes of the varsity seniors who will have graduated.

The day might be remembered for the high temperatures that cooked some of the times, but in the end it was an historic day for both the girls and the boys of King Cross Country.


Boys Varsity   Girls Varsity   Boys JV   Girls JV   Limited Photo gallery


Thursday, November 4
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The outcome of this league championship campaign was never certain. Matched against a vastly improved and tenacious Corona squad, King's 10th straight League Title was never promised. Corona had managed to break King's 10-year win streak in league action back in September, winning by 1 point. King managed a 4 point victory in round two, three weeks later.  Those who entertained doubts or questions in the Finals would be understood. Two solid teams, evenly matched all year, let the race begin!

When the race ended, the girls of King managed to pull out a 9 point margin of victory and walked away with a decade-long list of League titles.  That string spans three leagues, the Sunkist, the Ivy and now the Big 8.  Considering that King could not even field a full team of five runners back in 1999 when the brand new school was competing in the Arrowhead league, it’s been quite a run.

The victory was assured by a strong pack of Kasey Tippets, Lisa Garside and Raelyn Werley (King's 3-5 scorers) who were able to wedge themselves between Corona’s top three and the rest of their scorers.  Corona’s top three runners have been a dominant force against King’s typical race order, necessitating that Carrie Soholt as King’s #2 do something to break up that group. She did just that, bringing about a 2 point swing in King’s favor and finishing 6th overall. At the front of the race was Hanna Peterson who bested again her main league rivals and earned the League title and MVP honor.  She becomes the 8th King runner in a row to win an individual league crown, going unbroken back to Megan Fairley’s Sunkist League victory in 2003. Fresman Priscilla Carrasco and rookie sophomore Katelyn Fatten rounded out the team.

Corona’s JV squads finished second in 2009 to King, but were able to reverse the outcome this year. King finished second to the Panthers, despite a solid second-half of the race by the scorers. Taylar Amiot really shined with a well-paced run followed closely by Iveth Gutierrez who again showed her strength by moving up throughout the race. The two went 2nd and 3rd respectively.  Sabrina Suarez wrapped up a great freshman year with a 9th place finish.  Lauren Soholt finished 11th and Cayla Kim concluded the scoring in 16th place to help bring home the Runner’s Up honor for the Lady Wolves.

Boys Varsity   Girls Varsity   Boys JV   Girls JV   Limited Photo gallery

Sunday, October 24

The Mt.SAC Invitational course can bring either heart ache or joy. Its challenging three hills and 63 year-long tradition give harriers the opportunity to challenge themselves against both history and their own ability or strength. Throw in warm weather -- as October in So Cal can often serve up --  and it becomes an experience only for the hearty. But cover the 2.91 miles in clouds, cool temps and subdue the dust with a rainstorm that leaves town before race day, well you got the setting for joy.

 Such was the case for the 2010 edition, creating, well literally “perfect” racing conditions.  One could call the 2010 version of Mt.SAC  “Joyville, USA”. King’s runners took advantage of the weather and hardened paths and obliterated their own personal bests on the course and came home holding the fastest ever recorded times for Riverside County runners, both male and female.   

Both Lane Werley and Hanna Peterson broke the Riverside County Records for the course. Lane needed only 2 seconds to do it, he took 20 off his personal best while admittedly not having his “best” day. Hanna Peterson needed to leapfrog 8 other past performances and drop 40 seconds to do it, she took off 43 and went home with the record.  So now, two King runners sit atop the county list for the heralded course.

Lane led the boys varsity team to a 1:20 drop in team time from the previous school record. Devin Becerra and Nick Rini went 2-3 for the Wolves, with both having truly outstanding performances. They both PR’d as well, and both dropped below 16:00. Prior to this day, only two King runners had eclipsed 16:00 in our history, in this one race, three did. Marc Jimenez and Adam Schupp again came up with big-time races to help the team drop that team time to 79:04 and finish 5th in the Individual Sweeps race. Hanna Peterson’s 17:13 was good for 4th place overall in the Team Sweeps and while the girls’ inflated score left the team near the bottom of the 17 team field, they still put together the #2 all time team time (behind last year’s CIF Finals squad) and saw PR’s from Carrie Soholt, Lisa Garside and Raelyn Werley. Katelyn Fatten had never even seen the famed course much less race it, but the great competitor didn’t let that stop her from running a very impressive first SAC race at 19:35.

Three hours separated the varsity sweeps action and the remainder of the team who raced in the afternoon.  Brandon Berz led the charge for the sophomore boys with a super sub-17:00 PR. He was followed by Perry Elerts who notched a 17:09, well over a minute faster on the course than he ran last year at his former school!  Nathan Torres, Vincent Hernandez and Woodie Landeros rounded out the scoring for the group … all guys that could well be on the varsity seven in 12 months!  Lauren Soholt, Cayla Kim and Kaelyn Manning all raced well as the entire contingent of King runners in the sophomore girls race. Lauren finished in the top 10.

In the freshmen races, Iveth Gutierrez showed her great strength by hammering the hills and moving up steadily through the race, running 20:54. Sabrina Suarez was at 21:30.  Carli Texeira had a solid race despite battling illness. Tim DiGerolamo had a time that almost broke 18:00 in the 9th grade race, Ryan Rasmussen battled mightily again and Jacob Enriquez had his best race of the year, just 2 seconds behind his teammate. Tristan Valenciano dropped under 20:00.

The JV teams ran in near darkness but lit up the gloom with gritty efforts. Nathan Meier, Ben Huscher, Aaron Youngren were near the front of their race for much of the distance and led the guys to a 2nd place finish. Rafi Perez, Tyler Parrish and Joey Tompkins had superb races all going sub 17:30. Taylar Amiot had a lifetime best as well, moving up about 10 spots over the last two miles. Kimberli Graham and Courtney Mort were also dropping their personal bests and racing great.

The 2010 Mt.SAC Invitational will go down in history as one of the fastest ever. King enjoyed a game-changing day.  Girls varsity race  Boys varsity race

King Results    Overall Results   Mt.SAC All Time List   Photo Gallery


Monday, October 25
Improvement's the Name of the Game!  
MSAC INVITE   2009 2010 improvement in seconds
Elerts Perry m 19:51 17:09 2:42
Meier Nathan m 19:17 16:52 2:25
Landeros Woodie m 20:18 18:08 2:10
Hernandez Vincent m 19:54 18:06 1:48
Rosales Jacob m 19:00 17:41 1:19
Peterson Hanna f 18:30 17:13 1:17 and Set Riverside County course record
McMillen Harrison m 19:09 17:39 1:20
Graham Kimberli f 23:42 22:36 :54
Garside  Lisa f 21:08 19:12 1:56
Schupp Adam m 17:30 16:26 :56
Mort Courtney f 23:47 22:52 :55
Soholt Lauren f 22:05 21:12 :53
Parrish Tyler m 18:32 17:21 :51
Cleland Mitchell m 19:25 18:14 :49
Werley Raelyn f 20:00 19:13 :47
Tippets Kasey f 20:35 19:50 :45
Gibeault Ryan m 19:40 18:55 :45
Berz Brandon m 17:32 16:48 :44
Becerra Devin m 16:29 15:47 :42
Miller Chris m 17:02 16:21 :41
McAbee Ethan m 18:22 17:48 :34
Huscher Ben m 17:09 16:38 :31
Rini Nicholas m 16:24 15:55 :29
Jimenez Marc m 16:46 16:21 :25
Johnson Justin m 21:01 20:39 :20
Werley Lane  m 14:54 14:35 :19 and Set Riverside County course record
Perez Rafael m 17:31 17:17 :14
Soholt Carrie f 19:00 18:47 :13
Amiot Taylar f 21:19 21:14 :05
Girard Courtney f 23:32 24:16  
Kent Aubrey f   24:36  
Manning Kaelyn f 23:53 23:58  
Aguirre Ryan m dnr 19:22  
Balcazar Daniel  m dnr 16:27  
Esterberg Ryan m 18:03 18:07  
Karr Dalton m dnr 18:34  
Sanchez Robert m   18:34  
Tompkins Joey m   17:28  
Torres Nathan m   17:48  
Youngren Aaron m   17:01  

Thursday, October 14
rini nick big 8#2 2010

After two, one-point races at the varsity levels in the first round of Big 8 competition three weeks ago, Corona and King were set to do battle again in the second round. The outcome which went to Corona the first time, were reversed this time.  On a super-flat layout that seemed akin to a track race, the pancake terrain aided in tremendously fast times.

The girls teams are closely matched, as the one-point Corona victory showed three weeks ago. When the dust settled this time, King was the victor, but again the margin was slim ... only four points. Corona's top three were again right there trying separate Hanna Peterson (who won for the second time) and Carrie who gave everything to slip into the trio, something she was not able to achieve last weekend in Fresno. Raelyn Werley, Katelyn Fatten and Kasey Tippets were next in but were followed by another trio of Panthers which made the score deceptively close.

The boys race was a complete reversal of the nail-biter in round one. This time, the Wolves met the challenge of a well-coached and well-trained team head on and battled with maturity and passion. With Lane Werley taking his leading duties in stride, the real war was back in the trenches as King's pack was working hard for every point. Devin Becerra and Nick Rini both had huge performances to split the 1-2 punch of Corona.  Daniel Balcazar and Adam Schupp were the big-boys on the block however as they pulled #6 man Chris Miller like a posse over the third mile and beat to the line the 3-4 runners of Corona. The scoring gap grew from a 1-point deficit to a 20 point victory.

The JV races were not scored due to administrative reasons, but had they been with the runners that did make it to the line, King came away with "unoffiical" victories. The girls were led by Priscilla Carrasco and Iveth Gutierrez both of whom had strong races. Lauren Soholt was third across the line. Taylar Amiot and Samantha Enriquez were the final scorers. The boys saw a great race up front as Nathan Meier and Joe Casco survived a strong battle that was for much of the race a pack of five. Ben Huscher finished 5th overall, while Perry Elerts had his fastest time ever for three miles.

So it will be "for all the marbles" at the League Finals, with both Corona and King moving into the last race with a victory a piece. Should be a great show!

Girls Varsity  Boys Varsity   Girls JV   Boys JV  (JV races were not scored)

Saturday, October 9

King's return to the hallowed paths of Woodward Park to find great racing and great competition didn't return void. The Clovis Invitational beckoned the team after King last visited this spot at the California State Finals last November.  Though the pressure and intensity of the State Finals wasn't present on this mid-season affair, the loaded fields of State-bound squads brought out great performances by the Wolves.

The team's unquestioned Number One's, Hanna Peterson and Lane Werley had breakout out and break through days, both ending with the two of them lowering substantially their own school records.

Hanna has been a bit "under the radar" this season despite a stellar race at Mt. Carmel in mid-September when she finished in the shadow of two of the nation's best. This race was a break out for the senior and the state's radar has now been officially lit up. Her scintilating 17:56 - 6 seconds behind Catrina McCallister of Arcadia who is ranked 6th in the country - was a technically perfect race, well paced and well finished. Lane's been a bright dot on the national radar for a good year now and he toed the line ranked 9th in the country and alongside the #1 and #7 ranked harriers in the land. It was as it was billed, exciting. Typical of his State race 10 months ago, he took it out conservatively, but moved into second place by two miles and held it to the line, finishing three seconds from the win, behind Amar Moussa, the top runner in the country. His time of 14:54 was the 15th fastest mark EVER RECORDED on this course and by fifteen seconds the Riverside County record on the course, and after flirting with a sub 15:00 5K time twice last year, it was the break through he had been waiting for. Quite a day for the driven senior who in typically understated fashion described his race with one word, "good."  

Both leaders were supported by great casts who helped establish the two squads as contenders here in mid-season. Sparked by Carrie Soholt's team talk on Friday, the young and somewhat green girls put together a good race, running one second under the team time the 2009 team ran at State. Carrie had a great race to finish 19th overall while Raelyn Werley, Katelyn Fatten and Lisa Garside finished the scoring. Of those three, Raelyn and Lisa had some experience on the course but as sophomores, it was limited! The team finished 4th overall in the race, the highest finish ever for King in the Clovis "Championship-seeded" race. Of the 123 schools that brought a full team, the King girls had the 6th fastest team performance on the entire day.

Nick Rini had another phenomenally tough performance, rolling along in Werley's wake and dragging his teammates with him. He notched the second-fastest King mark ever on the course. Devin Becerra was the third Wolf across the line, followed by Chris Miller who PR'd and ran his best race, well, ever. Daniel Balcazar finished the scoring. Collectively, the five set the school record for team time on a 5,000 meter course going 81:01. There were 131 boys' teams spread through the day, had they all raced at once, King would have finished 13th overall.

In the other races of the day, the JV teams ran alongside other school's varsity squads in the Extra Large School Varsity races.  Adam Schupp was simply amazing, like several of the girls he didn't let his first spin on the course go to waste as he put down King's #15 all time mark on the day and had he been in the other race, would have finished as King's #6 on the day! Marc Jimenez, Aaron Youngren, Nathan Meier and Brandon Berz finished the scoring. Emma Jaramillo had a super race to drop some 30 seconds off of last year while Lauren Soholt and Bayleigh Porter both had terrific efforts. Sabrina Suarez, just a frosh, rounded out the scoring, finishing just behind Taylar Amiot who had a 27-second improvement off of 2009.

Woodward Park served up some goodness once again. Covered in ideal weather conditions and propelled by some of the best teams from across the state, King came away  in a noticiably different place than when they arrived. Exactly why they went.

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Saturday, October 2
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When a first annual event bills itself as "super" and "classic", it's hard not to be amused a bit, as there is no history nor tradition present to earn such accolades.

That said, the first run of the meet held by South Hills HS at Bonelli Park in San Dimas was a good one, if not super, and should the standards set in this inaugural continue forward, it could well become a classic in short order.

The course was classic cross country, with loops, turns, terrain and hills. Spectator friendly, the King harriers put on a good show for parents and supporters even if the footing and undulating course robbed most of PR potentials. It was the sophomore boys race where King really shined, taking first overall with a strong showing by Brandon Berz, Joe Casco, Trevor Berney, Perry Elerts and Vince Hernandez shored up the scoring with all five in by 13th place. Arroyo was second.

Nathan Meier had another fine outing for the JV squad, leading the way for the Wolves to help snag second place with Glendora winning. It was an exciting dual meet within the invitational, as both teams distinctive red and navy-blue uniforms showed clearly where the scoring was taking place. Tyler Parrish had a huge race as did Rafi Perez, Joey Tompkins and Dustin Means finished the scoring.  Timothy DiGerolomo ran well near the front of the 9th grade race, ultimately finishing 8th overall. Eric Boltinghouse was 2nd for the team, finishing 22nd overall.

The varsity boys were down three guys as the team opted to train a number while giving others a chance to shine. Marc Jimenez was one of those who resolutely took out a hard pace and pulled the pack along. Daniel Balcazar had his finest race of the season. The squad ended up in third, just four points out of second, this despite not having two of their normal scorers.

The varsity girls were admittedly "flat" and appeared to struggle in the tall grass. Like the boys, their #1 was training through the race, but the others competed well and ended up in fifth, led by Carrie Soholt's 3rd place overall finish.

Priscilla Carrasco is a normal varsity runner but ran the 9th grade race and made the most of the opportunity to win, doing so by a large margin and making it look easy. It was her first ever victory. Sabrina Suarez was in the top 5 overall. Carli Texeira had a terrific kick to end her 3 miles, while Savannah Saucedo and Maddie Wrathall finished up the scoring spots.

Taylar Amiot and Samantha Enriquez ran well in the JV contest, looking strong after some good training of late.  Bayleigh Porter also looked strong in the sophomore race, finishing 5th overall.

"Super" may not be the exclamatory one would choose immediately in describing the meet, but there are plenty of wonderful words that would work in it's place, apt descriptions of a meet we could see returning to when it finally matures into a classic.

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Wednesday, September 22
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The third year of Big 8 cross country got off to a rousing start at Riverside’s Andulka Park on a 2.77 mile course. As the league has matured and grown in it’s short life, the excitement surrounding the competitive nature of the league was evidenced by the large crowds that lined the course on Wednesday afternoon and were treated by very close races at the varsity level.


Both the boys and girls varsity races were decided by a point, and in both cases, the Corona Panthers were victorious.


The girls’ contest started off with speed, as three of the Southern Section’s finest took the pace out hard and kept it honest all the way to the line. Hanna Peterson, Mariel Mendoza (North) and Adriana Olivas (Centennial) matched each other almost the entire way, dropping below 6:00 minutes per mile, until Hanna sprinted away for the victory in the last 300 meters. Behind her, Hanna’s teammates were working for places against a vastly improved Corona squad. Corona’s supremacy in this race was earned by the strength of their backend scorers, as they were able to put 6 in front of King’s fifth.


Lane Werley led the way for the boys’ race, winning easily, but like the girls’ race, his teammates were running superbly well in the group and despite a strong pack by Corona, King was able to snag a very close second-place that really came down to a four-second difference between themselves and the Panthers. Typical of cross country, the one point difference didn’t come from Werley’s individual victory, but was found in the packs of the two teams. A simple switch of one runner from both teams would have turned the race in King’s favor.


Marc Jimenez led a great JV race for much of the way before relinquishing to Chris Miller and Daniel Balcazar who led a great pack attack by the Wolves to snag the win for King at the JV level. On the girls’ side, Corona’s depth was enough to win that race despite Kasey Tippets’ individual win.


It was a great start to the league season, and with a much-better Corona girls team and a much-better King boys’ team, the league makeup has gotten much tighter which will only make the final two races of the season as exciting as this first one was.

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Sunday, September 19
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For eight years now, King has been taking the trek south to compete in the Mt.Carmel invitational in San Diego. Some might say it's because of the great weather, or the championship-level course or the great competition. While all are certainly attractive, perhaps the best reason for returning is that the runners rise to the occassion and put together a collectively good performance for an early-season affair.

Lane Werley and Loyola's Elias Geydon wowed the crowd last season with a neck-and-neck battle over the 2.95 mile layout that heralded the emergance of Lane on the state scene. So the dual this time could have been billed "part two" or "the re-match" as the two talented All Americans shadowed each other over the course and finished in the same order as they did in 2009, (Lane taking second after getting out-kicked in the last meters). They both improved on last year's marks while making it look effortless and notched the 5th and 6th fastest times on the course EVER.  Hanna Peterson has national aspirations of her own and ran a technically perfect race, starting conservatively and then patiently picked others off to finish in third, behind two of the nation's best -- both of whom broke the course record for the meet now in its 30th year! Her 15:23 (the girls course is 2.7 miles) was nearly three minutes better than her time from two seasons ago and the 8th fastest mark ever on the course. She shattered King's best-ever on the course by nearly a minute.

Nick Rini is as stealthy as they come and the senior quietly had a great race to notch the #2 all time mark for King at Mt.Carmel at 15:58. Ben Huscher was greatly improved as well and Aaron Youngren followed in his tow for a PR on the course as well. Carrie Soholt ran super to get back to the marks she was making prior to a year of injuries.

The junior girls were led by Taylar Amiot and Courtney Mort who had big course PR's. Devin Becerra was leading the junior boys in 16th place, but Adam Schupp, a bit back of him, was putting together an amazing race of grit and tenacity. Adam ran the 5th fastest King time on the day and a full 1:15 ahead of where he was last year. Harrison McMillon was another who had a big day of improvement, dropping 1:50 from 2009. Ryan Aguirre was a minute-thirty ahead of a year ago. Nathan Meier had his second big race of the year but seemingly all were eclipsed by Joey Tompkins who raced 1:34 faster than last year and, ready for this?... 4:21 ahead of 2008!

Joe Casco and Nathan Torres led the soph boys and continued to race well. Woodie Landeros however was the headline as he dropped almost 5 minutes off of last season with a stunning 17:42, right behind Cobi Hopkins who also improved much to go 17:40. Ryan Gibeault was another of the "big droppers" going some two minutes faster than last year. Raelyn Werley had another strong race to snag the #5 King time on the all-time course list. Katelyn Fatten had such a great day last week at the Cow Run, she already had the meet-announcer calling her by name as she put down a very impressive race and put herself firmly in the 10th fastest all time. Lauren Soholt ran 1:45 faster than a year ago.

The 9th graders finished the day, and Priscilla Carrasco and Sabrina Suarez were close to one another and close to the front of the field all the way through. They both went across the line right around 18:00 minutes. Iveth Guitierrez and Carli Texeira were right behind them along with Savanna Saucedo who finished the scoring. Tim DiGerolomo had another fine outing, but the pleasant surprise of the morning was Taylor Beaulieu who really moved up the depth chart of 9th graders. Jacob Enriquez ran well too.

So indeed, it was a big day at Mt. Carmel. With training still locked into the base phase of our periodization, and a ton of worthy opponents that could have distracted some from doing their best, the King kids came home with something to help motivate them for the battles that lay aheaad.

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Combined races scored  Boys finish 5th   Girls finish 7th 

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Sunday, September 12
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Put together a course that features nary a hill, 50% of it on concrete, cool temperatures and strong competition, you're pretty much promise fast times.  At the fourth annual Great Cow Run, the King runners got the season off to a "moo-ving"  start with strong competitive efforts that reaped many individual and collective PR's.  It was a fun start to the 2010 season!

The 9th grade boys got it rolling in fine fashion with a second-place finish and some really strong performances. Timothy DiGeralamo paced well to finish in the top five, just behind him was Eric Boltinghouse. Michael Santoyo and Ryan Rasmussen both scored in the 3-4 spots and Jacob Enriquez closed the door on those chasing with a strong 18:41 mark and 5th-man score. The Frosh-Soph girls apparently were inspired by their teammates and did exceptionally well under the lead of Raelyn Werley who finished second overall with a lifetime best of 18:26. Katelyn Fatten, running in her rookie season as a soph was truly impressive with a top 5 finish at 18:59.  Priscilla Carrasco broke out her first-season with a party, going 20:09 and showing some fine talent. Another frosh, Sabrina Suarez was 2 seconds behind her and Lauren Soholt finished the scoring with a PR of 20:25. The girls matched the finishing place of the 9th grade boys, taking second overall.

Joe Casco grabbed our attention in track when the then-9th grader ran 5:00 for the mile last spring without the aid of a season of cross to prepare. That talent jumped to the front of his first XC race with a 16:40 mark, the 7th fastest time on the day for King. Perry Elerts ran his lifetime best of 16:42 after running in the low 18:00's last year for Calvary Chapel Moreno Valley.  Cobi Hopkins, Woodie Landeros and Vincent Hernandez locked up the scoring to earn a second-place plaque for their efforts. Ryan Gibeault was just off the scoring group but still ran under 18:00 for the first time at 17:58.

With no varsity girls team racing today, the JV girls were led by Taylar Amiot who has been enjoying a breakout summer of running. Monique Carrasco, Courtney Girard and Courtney Mort who all got their seasons rolling in PR-kind-of-ways.  Neat stuff.

The varsity boys were missing three of their regulars, but didn't let that keep them from racing with aggressiveness and competitiveness. Having seen their brethren throw down great times all morning, they followed-suit with solid marks themselves and earned a 5th place finish and set a new school record team-time over the blazing three miles.  Devin Becerra, Nick Rini, Nathan Torres, Daniel Balcazar and Adam Schupp did the scoring. The JV boys were 4th overall when the scores were counted, and were admirably led by Nathan Meier who had a super race to run 16:23, leaving him overcome by joy at the finish line. By far, it was his best race in three years of running. Tyler Parrish was right there behind him running superbly as well, with Rafi Perez and Jordan Goldie going sub-17:00 for the first times ever.

Having taken advantage of the super conditions for fast running, the Wolves were up to the opportunity and came home with a meet that can and should serve as a good launching point for the challenging courses and teams that are to come.


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Monday, July 18

Saturday, September 24

Spreadsheet of 2011 times

CIF Championships
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Finals:  Raelyn Werley, Individual 18:51, 46th place
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#2  JV Girls    JV Boys    Varsity Girls    Varsity Boys
League Finals
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Thursday, December 4

Sunday, November 20

Raelyn Werley made a commitment back in June of this year that the season of 2011 would be different. She had passed the "half-way mark" of her high school career with some solid marks both in XC and in track, but she wanted her junior campaign to be different.

So, to that goal, she diligently planned to work harder and follow up on her motivation with a greater degree of effort and precision in her workouts. Practically, that plan manifested itself in an extra 5 minutes of running tacked onto almost every workout from the beginning of the summer to the end of October.

As she toed the line at CIF Finals on Saturday, you could say that the extra work paid off.

Race day dawned cool and sunny, ideal conditions for racing. Surrounded by many of the top runners and teams in all of the Southern Section, the competition was as strong as it gets.  Raelyn exectued a pre-race strategy of "taking a risk" and boldly moved out in the first mile. Her move was matched by the field in the second mile, and by the time they reached the two mile mark she found herself in the finishing place she'd ultimately achieve. Nevertheless, her race was aggressively pursued from start to finish, and she cross the  line with a PR, 18:51 in 46th place overall.

It was a fitting end to a season of purpose for the junior, one in which she determined herself to advance and then went out and did the things to do just that.

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Sunday, November 13

With the theme of the 2011 season being "Adance", there was little question what the 2011 running of the CIF Prelims meant.  At stake for both the boys and girls teams was the chance to advance to the prestigious "Sweet 16" - the CIF Finals made up of the best 16 teams in division one of the Southern Section.

Racing on the "rain course" due to a storm that soaked the normal Mt.SAC layout the night before, the boys were the first to take the challenge over a two-lap, 2.9 mile circuit.  The pack, which has been this year's team forte for the whole season assembled early and looked to be in contention for one of the coveted 4 places that move on. Joe Casco and Nathan Torres were leading the charge with Adam Schupp, Perry Elerts and Brandon Berz close behind.  On the second lap, while Casco and Torres were still 1-2 for King in the top 20 places, it was Perry Elerts who made a big move to close the ranks. With a big kick he actually slipped across the line one second ahead of Nathan to finish at 15:22.  In the number-two spot, it was his highest finishing spot of the year on a squad of 7 that has exchanged finishing orders like shoppers do presents a day after Christmas.  Adam Schupp, the pillar of strength all season put together another fine race to close out his stellar high school career. Brandon Berz rounded out the top five and closed the scoring gap at a skinny 22 seconds.  The group wielded their packing weapon well enough, but it wasn't enough to counter the teams that could put a man or two in front of King's number 1 and the team finished in fifth, 18 points from an advancing spot.

Raelyn Werley took the initiative in the girls race and boldly moved to the front of the field in a move that would pay dividends for her at the finish line. The lead pack of seven girls broke the rest of the field by forty meters in the second loop, and Raelyn's seventh place finish was good enough to advance to the CIF Finals.  She'll be heading to the big race as an individual competitor as the team behind her wasn't able to muster the emotional or physical energy to sustain the pace.  The division was broken into three races with the fastest five in each heat taking an automatic spot to Finals.  With Corona in the same race -- a team that these girls have beaten once and were only three points behind at league finals -- there was a familiar group to mark their paces next to.  No matter how visible those red uniforms of the Panthers were, the Ladies of King just didn't have their best day and struggled to muster together a scoring attack. They would finish 7th.  Taylar Amiot, one of King's great "improvement" stories over her four years at King had a terrific race, finishing fifth for the team in a time that was on pace for a 19:29 three mile mark -- about 10 minutes faster than the times she marked as a rookie back in 2008! Remarkable.  Katy Fatten also had a fine performance, finishing 22nd overall.

So Raelyn Werley will advance to the Finals! It will be the first time in 9 years a girl from King will toe the line at CIF Finals without a team behind her. It was a quite a decade for the King girls, but despite a minor setback here in 2011, the teams - boys and girls both -  will rebound and pursue again in 2012 that alluring word, "advance."

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Friday, November 4

The set up for the 2011 Big 8 League Championships could not have held more drama than the following:  King’s girls had an 11 year win streak at the league level. Three girls teams came into the meet in a dead heat; winner take all. The boys were tied for second and finished just five points from first in the second league meet.  Throw in close to 600 athletes and an equal number of spectators, on a nice Fall day … well, that’s what makes sports so special.

The girls of Santiago, Corona and King entered the meet in a dead heat. The second meet saw all three teams spread by seven points. With the title on the line, the girls did battle in valiant fashion, but it was just short of enough as they finished third with  69 points. Corona was second with 66, and Santiago won with 65.  It was that close!  Raeyln Werley finished in 6th, earning 1st team All League.  Emma Jaramillo had a strong race to finish tenth, 10 seconds faster than she was on the course three weeks earlier. Lisa Garside was just behind her and was followed in by Katelyn Fatten. Iveth  Gutierrez PR’d on the course to round out  the scoring. Aimee Martinez and Taylar Amiot were sixth and seventh respectively.  The girls did not win the league title, but  they did qualify for the CIF Championships for the12th year in a row and are still in a position to qualify for CIF Finals with a good race next week.

The boys put together their fastest collective effort not only of the season, but of school history. Their team time of 81:07 set a new school record, surpassing the previous best set in this year’s first race, the Great Cow Race.  Three different variations of this year’s top seven guys have now notched  the three fastest team times over three miles in school history! Given Adam Schupp was the only returner from last year’s seven at CIF Finals, this is quite an achievement! Also of note, with the fifth King runner crossing the line in 15:50, one doesn't have to go too far back in our history to see a day in which we longed for our first runner to notch such a mark. In all, the boys top five averaged 15:37.  My, how things have changed.

Schupp was right there near the front of the group again, impressing with his all-out approach to competition. Humming along next to him were Nathan Torres and Joe Casco both of whom edged the Big Man at the line. The three finished, as they’ve been apt to do, just four seconds apart.  Brandon Berz proved he’s all the way back from a beat down he took from pneumonia back in September and was right on their heels.  Nathan Meier was the 5th man.  King and Corona were closely matched throughout  the race, but it was Roosevelt that had the big day and ran away with the crown.

It was the JV boys who captured King’s only title and did it with a strong front grouping that scored 2, 4,5,7,8 and for good measure, put the sixth man across in 10th. A large group swarmed together through the first mile before Weston Templeton and Trevor Berney moved just off the lead and gapped the trailing pack.  That pack was full of Wolves. Freshman Daltan Seckinger, who has had a tremendous year, was shoulder to shoulder with his elders, juniors Ryan Gibeault and Robert Sanchez and senior Joey Tompkins.  Tompkins certainly saved the “best for last” as the respected and liked four-year runner finished with a PR and arguably one of his best races of his career. Mitchel Cleland, another four-year guy did the same with a 14th place finish – and  the last medal of  the race!

Briana Jacklin finished fourth in the JV race, looking strong throughout the contest. She was followed by Hannah Johnson who showed what we thought she could do last summer before injury robbed her of her season.  Lauren Soholt, Savannah Saucedo and Rachel Rosales finished the scoring five to take the team to a third place finish. Mireya Ascencio and Lauren Carr were right on Rachel’s shoulder, two seconds back.

Admittedly the meet’s drama ended with a closing act that was not familiar for King, especially the girls who have made winning league titles for the last eleven  years seem rather easy. There’s nothing easy about the Big 8 league however, and the competition appears to be here to stay.  The outcome was not what the Wolves were hoping for, but it just may be what they need to continue to improve and advance in the seasons to come.  If that’s the case, King came out winners, regardless of the scores.

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Saturday, October 22

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Although the heat had risen by the time the 9th and 10th graders took to the course in the 64th Annual Mt.SAC Invitational, it was the younger set that took home the hardware for King.  With temperatures in the 80's by the mid-day start for King's underclassmen, it would have been understandable had they withered under the mercury that was a good 15-20 degrees warmer than the older varsity and jv runners contended with in the early morning hours.

But they didn't, and the stellar group of 9th grade boys once again looked good. Daltan Seckinger led the squad who wound up in third overall behind Dalton's second-place finish. At 17:09, he ran King's #3 all-time frosh time.  The usual suspects were behind him scoring points. Seth Villanueva,Carlos Ramirez and Rolando Phalen ran great efforts under 18:10. Eric Penaloza concluded the scoring set, with Jacob Pendleton and Declan Arsenault rounding out the top 7.  The sophomore girls were the last race for the Division 1 schools and took the line at 1:00 PM.  Brianna Jacklin had another fine effort in her comeback half of the season.  She finished in the top 10 and was followed by the ever-consistent Mireya Ascencio in the two-spot (and a mere 3:30 faster than she was in 2010!) with Lauren Carr putting together another fine race to score.  Rachel Rosales and Savannah Saucedo both scored and the girls finished 2nd overall.  A good race indeed.

In the cooler hours of the morning, the JV boys were the first to take the line and got right down to business, finishing in third with both front running and a pack-attack. Trevor Berney had one of his best races of the year to lead the way with a sub-17:00 effort. Jordan Goldie, Weston Templeton, Ryan Gibeault and Robert Sanchez packed up well, just 9 seconds apart ... they must be taking lessons from their varsity-level brethren who have perfected it this season.

Bayleigh Porter led the JV girls to 7th place finish, Jacob Enriquez was at the front of the sophomore boys group, crossing the line in 18:00 and 14th overall. Monique Carrasco, who has spent most of the last two seasons injured, was able to finish her career covering the course in 24:41.

The varsity races showed King both hot and cold, with the boys team the warmer of the two. The guys were led by the quickly improving Joe Casco who became the 4th guy in King's history to run sub-16:00. The normal tight grouping of the team didn't manifest itself in this race, but Nathan Torres had a fine run at 16:07, the #8 time in school history. Adam Schupp, one second behind Torres, now sits at #9 all time. Perry Elerts was fourth for the team and Brandon Berz appears to be back after an early season bout with pneumonia, as he and Tyler Parrish were right on Elerts' heels. 30 seconds gapped 1-6 ... not bad ... but the boys came away satisfied with individual PR's but knowing there's another gear come CIF.  Still, their 81:07 was the #4 team time in school history.

For the ladies' varsity, they never seemed to get in gear and ran a flat race.  Though a few of the seven had PR's, their 6th place finish was not what they expected nor what they're capable of and perhaps the best moment of the race came after they finished, when collectively they recognized there is more there. Taylar Amiot had the biggest drop from last year's PR and Raelyn Werley moved to #7 on the all time list.

So it was a bit of hot and cold for King, figuratively as well as literally.  The meet started in the cool of pre-dawn, ended in the heat of mid-day and King went home with enough experiences from at both ends of the spectrum and day to find both encouragement and motivation. 

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Tuesday, October 25
Check out Joey Tompkins' 6:00 minute improvement from his freshman year to his senior year! Yee ha!

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Friday, October 14

After a sluggish first league meet three weeks ago, the challenge for King in round two was to not let the sweep of third place they achieved almost a month ago define them or keep them from advancing. Latching onto the idea of playing the "dark horse", the teams were challenged in the days leading up to race time to insist that while others may be counting King out, the Wolves would refuse to bow out.  Fighting like a team on a mission, they did not disappoint and left the field with one thing for certain: the days of being the dark horse are now over.

Race day proved to be hot, surpassing triple digits when the JV girls took the line. Missing several potential scorers the team wasn't running at 100% and finished third. A nice surprise was the return of Brianna Jacklin who finished third overall and ran a well-paced effort. Her time of 20:15 was King's #8 time on the day. Bayleigh Porter and Lauren Soholt were in the top 13.  Mireya Ascencio had a terrific race to finish as King's fourth runner and Lauren Carr scored for the first time this season with a fine race.

The JV boys were handled well by Corona three weeks ago and never really got going in the race. Things were different this time around as a large pack of Wolves went straight to the front and for the most part held onto it.  Ryan Gibeault had an eye-popping effort to lead the hard fought 1 point victory over Corona.  He moved from King's #5 man with about a mile to go to ultimately finish first for King, second in the race and with a lifetime PR for good measure. It was a monster effort for the well-liked and highly respected junior. The scoring group held together well enough to compliment Gibeault's big move, with Daltan Seckinger finishing in the top 5, Trevor Berney and Weston Templeton went together across the line nearly in tandem. Fitting of a team effort, the victory came by way of the "golden anchors" -- the 5th and 6th men on the day who crossed the line ahead of Corona's final scorer. Vincent Hernandez was fifth for King, but it was Robert Sanchez in the six-spot that, while not scoring for King, did help to inflate Corona's score by a very significant point. For all the heroics of Gibeault's lead, its satisfying to see the victory secured by both ends of the scoring set.

As of 2010, King's varsity ladies had only lost one league race in a decade, so when they finished third in the first race of 2011 -- and by 20 points -- it was an unfamiliar position.  Things changed on this day, as the ladies roared back into the mix of it with a full-team effort to win by 2 points over Santiago.  Raelyn Werley led the way, but it was the 2-3-4 grouping of Lisa Garside, Emma Jaramillo and Katy Fatten who really helped to push King to the fore. Iveth Gutierrez found enough to finish the scoring. She was followed by Taylar Amiot and Aimee Martinez who both ran strong.  At the end of the race, most figured it would be a close finish, but when it was announced King had taken the victory by two points, cheers went up with glee. The victory also sets the stage for the league finals, as King is now even with both Santiago and Corona with one race to go.

Roosevelt's boys are the 9th ranked team in CIF-SS Division One and as their top three boys went 1-2-3 in the race, it seemed as if the talented squad was poised for a blow-out. But credit the pack-attack and poise of King's boys who relied once again on a scoring gap that's the envy of any coach. Only 18 seconds separated the scoring pack. Nathan Torres led the charge this time with a great finish, while Adam Schupp and Joe Casco hung on him, one second back. Three scorers in, one second spent. 14 seconds later, Nathan Meier, Perry Elerts and Brandon Berz crossed nearly side-by-side.  When the dust settled, King, Corona and Roosevelt finished separated by seven points. Only 5 points behind Roosevelt in second, King's big move was the doing of a full-team pack attack, and like the girls, sets the stage for what should be a very exciting league final.

The lesson of sports is also the drama of sport. Nothing is scripted and you've got to run the race to determine the outcome.  For the King kids, their specific lesson coming out of the first race, was "don't count yourself out."  Just because you may start a race as a dark horse, doesn't mean you have to finish that way.

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Sunday, October 9

It took the dust to fall back to earth to fully grasp what the boys varsity team had accomplished in the annual running of the Championship race of the Clovis Invitational in Fresno. At first glance after the boys' race was done -- a race in which King's first runner crossed the line in 65th place -- you would be excused if you thought, "Well, they got worked..." 

When nearly 70 runners finish ahead of a team's first man, it's an understandable conclusion.

In cross country however, there's a weapon that's used at times and can be quite effective. That battle plan is to stick together and attack as a pack.  For a team whose nickname is "The Wolves" it's a strategy that should suit them well.

Running in a pack without an Alpha Dog has become King's singular weapon here in 2011. Where other groups may rely on the tip of the spear to lead the attack, (as King did in 2010) this group of six-to-seven guys is making a mauling of other teams without the luxury of having a marquee-type front man.  Taking cues from real wolves, they are becoming quite adept at it, and used it again very effectively on Saturday, gapping only 13 seconds from the 1st to 5th scorers.  That group, again without anyone in the top 50, let alone the top 10, finished 11th in the Championship Race and 12th overall when all 147 schools were combined by the computer into one virtual race.

Joe Casco took the honors of being the leader of the pack this time crossing the line in 16:23, a gigantic 1:09 faster than he was a year ago at the same meet. Adam Schupp, who has such a quiet demeanor in normal life, becomes louder than a howl when the racing flats are on. The four-year runner, who has made sooo much of his time here at King -- improving each year by leaps and bounds --  threw down another terrific effort and finished just a tick of the clock behind Casco. Nathan Torres was the next domino across the line, 3 seconds off the back of Schupp. Nathan Meier and Perry Elerts road the coattails of the other three and closed out the scoring within 9 seconds of Torres. For good measure, Tyler Parrish was a mere 5 seconds back of those two!  Wow! 

Of those six, only one - Adam Schupp - had previously run one of King's top 25 times on Woodward Park. The other five added their names to the list, with Casco, Schupp and Torres landing at # 4, 5, 6 all time; Meier and Elerts were  #10 and #16 respectively. Parrish ran the 21st fastest all time mark for King. Had the times been converted to 3 miles (the course is 3.1 miles - 5K), all five scorers would have been at 16:00 or better.  Demonstrating the effectiveness of the "pack attack" the 11th place finish was ahead of Fresno's Buchanan high school, whose fastest runner scored just one point in winning the race out right.

The girls varsity doesn't have the same make-up as the boys and so the idea of "packing" isn't one they would plan on executing. Instead, for the ladies racing is a matter of lacing on the flats and going flat out.  They did just that as 6 of 7 who toed the line ran PR's for the course. Raelyn Werley and Katy Fatten had terrific drops, finishing with King's #5 and #6 marks all-time, both about 50 seconds faster than 2010.  Their names now reside in a neighborhood of the list that is populated by past and present college runners. Lisa Garside put together a PR as did Emma Jaramillo and Iveth Gutierrez. Iveth was 1:10 faster than 2010. Taylar Amiot was the sixth runner across the line and also had a huge, near-minute improvement. The girls team finished 14th in the Championship race.

Daltan Seckinger races like he most likely used to play football -- all out. The precocious freshman employs a full-tilt strategy when he takes the line, seemingly unafraid of the older and seasoned competitors lined up against him. With teeth bared, Seckinger charged through the course, unintimidated by a head cold, crossing the line in 17:04. He lead a nice contingent of teammates who likewise were having very fine days. Jordan Goldie, Robert Sanchez, Vincent Hernandez and Trevor Berney had their own little pack going to finish the scoring set. They were separated by 13 seconds, with Weston Templeton just a handful back from there.  An unofficial scoring put the group in 6th place.

The JV girls were led by Aimee Martinez and Lauren Soholt who both ran admirable despite some physical ailments. Katlyn Rini had a good race, while Rachel Rosales and Jennifer Gutierrez finished the scoring for King. Only Soholt had been on the course in prior years.

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Saturday, September 24

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Our friends at Cal Baptist hosted a first ever meet at Rancho Jurupa that drew only 9 schools but made for a good morning for King. With six races slated over a 2.9 mile course, the Wolves came away with victories in all but two of the races, while those two were solid second place finishes.  After a tough week of high temperatures --  including the triple digits that enveloped the Big 8 races on Thursday -- the cool morning was a welcome way to end the week.

The frosh soph girls got it rolling in a good way, with a 5 point victory over Etiwanda. Savannah Saucedo was 3rd in the race and closely followed by the improving Rachel Rosales. Jennifer Guiterrez, another rookie who is starting to figure the sport out, had a second good race this week in 7th, while Britney Saucedo and Mireya Ascencio rounded out the scoring group. Emily Kettering and Amanda Haring were both right on Mireya's heels in the top 20 places.

Tim Pungeaw, Ryan Rasmussen and Jacob Enriquez went side-by-side to the finish line in their FS race, making it an exciting finish and a scoring nightmare for other teams. Throw in Rolando Phelan's fine race in 6th, and Carlos Ramirez in 8th, and there really wasn't much anyone else could do against that kind of front running. Seth Villanueva and Anthony Garcia both had strong races to finish 6th and 7th respectively for the team. Kyle Boutwell, while not in the scoring, continued to show great improvement with a lifetime best average/time.  The team finished 22 points ahead of second-place Etiwanda.

Raeyln Werley won her first-ever invitational, but her skinny one point wasn't enough to offset Granite Hills tough group and King finished second to the school.  Katy Fatten rebounded well after racing sick on Thursday to go as King's #2 across the line. Emma Jaramillo was third, followed by Lisa Garside and Iveth Gutierrez.

The varsity boys most potent weapon this season is turning out to be a very tight pack. That pack was stretched a bit against the Big 8, but it tightened up again to a scant 15 seconds between the 1 and 5 runners. Tyler Parrish led the dash to the line with Adam Schupp and Nathan Meier hot on his heels. The three went 7-8-10, while Perry Elerts and Joe Casco went 12-15.  Weston Templeton continued to impress, while frosh Daltan Seckinger got his first taste of varsity racing and finished seventh for the team.

Bayleigh Porter came back from a disappointing race on Thursday to win the JV girls race. Lauren Soholt was 5th in the scoring while Cecy Serna also finished in the top 10. La Sierra's depth was too much for the ladies though and despite some strong efforts by Kaitlyn Gonzalez and Monique Carrasco, the Eagles proved to be victorious.

Trevor Berney was the winner in the JV boys race, looking strong, but what followed him was what appeared to be a King-La Sierra dual meet as the two schools shared each of the top 13 places in the race. After Berney, three Eagles came screaming across the line, but they were countered by six King harriers, who together were able to put all seven scorers over the line before La Sierra's number 4.  Vincent Hernandez continued to improve, followed by Mitchel Cleland, Ryan Gibeault, Joey Tompkins, Jake Rosales and Jordan Goldie.

As invitationals go, this one wasn't one of the biggies, but it was well run, enjoyed good weather and solid competition. For King it was just what the team needed, making it a very good morning.

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Thursday, September 22

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The Big 8 league has improved tremendously. That much was for sure today as the group of schools renewed the battle for the fourth year.  When it was done, King came away with a second place finish in the boys JV and three third place finishes.

Taylar Amiot had one of the finest performances of the day in the JV girls race, which was the first off the line and under the warmest temperatures of the day at 97 degrees. The four year runner ran the race like she's done the last three years -- steadily move up.  For a girl who could barely break 28:00 at a rookie, it's especially fun to watch her prance up and through the front pack and then leave everyone behind and win essentially uncontested. Lauren Soholt was fifth overall followed by Cecy Serna and Savannah Saucedo and Jennifer Gutierrez rounded out the scoring. With several potential scorers on the disabled list, the score wasn't reflective of what the group could have produced, and they finished a distant third.

The JV boys were seemingly playing catchup from the very beginning as Roosevelt went out fast, faded and were replaced by a surging Corona squad. Robert Sanchez led the charge and ultimatly made some strong moves, followed by Daltan Seckinger. The two finished 4th and 6th respectively. A nice pack of Vincent Hernandez, Mtichell Cleland and Jon Torres was put together starting in 11th, but the Corona Panthers had already put 5 guys in.

King's varsity girls have lost only one race in the last 11 seasons, but this year's version of the Big 8 ain't what it used to be as Santiago has welcomed two talented Fresmen and Corona is enjoying one of their best groups in a long time. Those two teams battled to a 1-point difference, while King didn't have it's best day. With #2 Katy Fatten ill and finishing 6th for the team despite a strong effort and Emma Jaramillo still rounding into shape, it was a tough couple of acts to follow, but that's what the girls did, finishing 3rd overall. Raelyn Werley was the first of the Wolves to cross the line in 6th place.

Adam Schupp, following the cue that Joe Casco threw down in a hard-charging first 800 meters, ran an incredible race for the varsity boys, dropping below 16:00 and challenging the established order of league elites. Gutsy, all-out and unafraid, he seemed to throw caution to the wind as he went with the leaders for as long as he could. The normal tight, 15-second gap the group of five has held the last two meets wasn't quite as condensed this time, but the pack was still there and fighting well. With Corona and Roosevelt enjoying front running prowess, the pack attack was not enough this time out and the team finished third overall.

Competition is what sports are all about, and how one responds to it is the test of one's character. This much we know, the competition is tough and King will have to rise to meet it.


Sunday, September 18

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Improvement seemed to be the operative term for Saturday's 31st annual Mt. Carmel Invitational held on the Footlocker XC Nationals course in sunny but cool San Diego. Since King has now amassed a decade's worth of results on this very fine course, it's always fun to "check the list" to see how far the athletes have come since they first set foot on the line at Balboa Park.

While the freshmen boys don't have personal history to compare themselves to, they do have the amazing competition that descends upon the meet to which to match themselves, and for the second week in a row, the precocious pack held together to turn back the likes of Clovis West of Fresno, Vista Murrieta and Poway and captured the team title. Dalton Seckinger led the way again with a 5th place finish and a 17:08 mark.  While we don't keep grade-level records for the course, it was discovered to be the second-fastest freshman time any King harrier has ever run on the course. But one guy doesn't make a team, and it was the strong running by Carlos Ramirez, Seth Villanueva, Rolando Phalen and Erick Penaloza that sealed the deal and the win. A truly impressive group and another fine team effort.

The front end of King's teams were doing some serious improving over the storied hills and dales. The fastest six boys on the day all dropped or matched their marks from last year. Tyler Parrish is four minutes faster than he was as a 9th grader and, get this, two minutes faster than last year! Amazing. Nathan Torres led the charge with a solid 30 second improvement and etched his name as the fourth-fastest King runner on the course all time. Weston Templeton, who this time last year was wearing a helmet and pads and playing football for King, kicked off his season with a very impressive top-7 finish for the Wolves. An interesting point of analysis showed a collectively strong performance compared to last season. If you throw out Lane Werley's ridiculously fast 14:41 (the #3 time ever run on the course in 30 years), the 2-6 runners in 2010 ran a team time of 81:19.  This group's #1-5 ran 81:55, but with a pack that's to die for! Only 14 seconds separates the 1-5 runners!

Raelyn Werley had a terrific day leading the ladies and becoming only the second girl in King's history to drop below 16:00 for the 2.7 mile course. Her 15:56 was #2 all time and placed her in the top 15 times recorded on the whole day. Iveth Gutierrez had a strong race as well ... that is if you consider improving 1:20 in one year is strong! Eye popping improvement. Katy Fatten had King's #7 all time best mark. Bayleigh Porter finished with an exhausted smile knowing her effort was worth every ounce of effort. She was 1:13 faster than in 2010.  But eclipsing them all was Aimee Martinez who proved that the great race she had a week ago at the Cow Run wasn't all there was inside this young runner. The sophomore continued to bust down the walls of "what's possible" with a ... wait for it ... 3:26 improvement from last year.  Believe it. This girl is for real and looks like she's the next "big jump kid" for King. Some nice drops that may have been lost in the crowd came from seniors Kimberli Graham who was a minute faster than last year and one of our four year seniors, Monique Carrasco who ran :53 seconds faster than 2010. After struggling through seemingly endless injuries, it's great to see Monique showing what perseverence looks like and enjoying the fruit of her efforts!

On the boys' side, there were also some individual races that stood out above the crowd. Sophomore Tim Pungeaw was almost exactly 3:00 faster than last year!  Four year runner, Ethan McAbee improved about 45 seconds from last year, but showed what four years of hard work can do, as he capped his four trips across the Mt.Carmel layout almost 3:00 faster than when he started as a freshman! Nicely done! Nathan Meier, who was the sixth-man for King on the day, ran an exciting 16:32, which was almost four minutes faster than the 20:25 he ran as a sophomore. Perry Elerts was 1:20 faster than last year and threw down the #7 mark in school history. Jacob Enriquez was 2:00 faster than a year ago.

So it was a great day for King. One can't always do much about one's opponent, but there is that inner commitment to doing one's personal best, a moral compass that allows one to measure him or herself against what is recognizably doable. History serves to show, no, to prove, that such commitment will often time bring the refreshing winds of improvement. Like the ones the brushed over the hills and through the eucalyptus groves of Mt. Carmel 

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Monday, September 12

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With thunder rattling through the skies during the opening hour of the Cerritos Cow Run, King opened it's season in similar fashion, showing great improvement from a year ago despite the soggy conditions.

The Freshmen boys were the first race of the day and produced their own thunder (under a driving downpour) with a resounding win over all others. The group was led by Dalton Seckinger, whose summer of training really showed as he finished 2nd overall. The team race was just as thrilling though, with Rolando Phalen, Seth Villanueva and Carlos Ramirez forming a tight pack in the top 20 places. The still getting fit yet uber talented Erick Penaloza rounded out the scoring five to bring home the victory for the Wolves.

The varsity boys ran a great pack race, gapping 1-5 under 20 seconds and notching a team time that was much, much faster than a year ago. Joe Casco was a minute faster than 2010 to help the cause along with Adam Schupp who looked strong throughout.  Nathan Meier also dropped a great race with a PR on the course in his own right! Collectively, the boys averaged 15:41 and shattered the team time school record by 35 seconds, set last year at The Great Cow Run.

Raelyn Werley led the girls' charge and did so in a "break-out" effort. For most of the race she settled into the highyl ranked Redondo Union pack which worked together at the front of the field.  She hummed along to a lifetime PR and a 5th place finish. Lisa Garside, Kate Fatten, Taylar Amiot and Iveth Gutierrez rounded out the scoring to finish 2nd oveall.

Jacob Enriquez was at the front of the soph race, leading the team to a third place finish. Tim Pungeaw broke 18:00 for the first time while Ryan Rasmussen, Tristan Valenciano and Taylor Beaulieu rounded out the scoring group. On the girls sophomore side, Aimee Martinez really impressed with a strong race and a time that put her in the top 7of King's runners on the day.

Second place was where the JV boys found themselves as well. Ethan McAbee led a strong pack for the boys, which was made up of Jordan Goldie, Ryan Gibeault, Bobby Sanchez and Jon Torres. The JV girls were third overall, with Lauren Soholt leading the way, followed by Kaitlyn Gonzalez, Monique Carrasco and Alex Roberts, all of whom had very solid races for the first go of the season.

If improvement is a key marker of achievement, then the five team awards and multiple individual medals the team hauled home paled in comparison to the incredible growth shown by those who have been around awhile and found themselves considerably faster than they were this time a year ago. For the freshmen, it was just a beginning, but like the thunder and rain that accompanied their race, a noisy beginning it was.

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Monday, July 18


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Saturday, November 17
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The CIF Southern Section Division 1 Finals is as competitive a race as you'll find anywhere outside of the State Finals. In some respects, is just as competitive as the state meet is. So to come away with a top 10 finish as the boys of King High did on Saturday, it's a good result. Their 10th place finish was one better than the program's previous highest placing of 11th, set back in 2010.

The day was greeted by some rain which moved the contest to the "rain course" - a flat and less than 3 mile (estimated at 2.95 miles) layout all on concrete. The boys took it out conservatively as a strategy and it seemed to pay off well for them.  Joe Casco led the charge and moved up nicely through the last two miles. From the middle of the field at half way, he ultimately crossed the line in 14th, earning himself All CIF honors.  Nathan Torres had his best race of the year to finish second for the Wolves. Perry Elerts was next with yet another very solid race, just as he's been all year.  Brandon Berz struggled a bit in the final mile and was fourth for the team.Seth Villanueva made a terrific push over the last 800 to finish in what appeared to be a dead-heat with Berz for the final scoring points.  Robert Sanchez and Trevor Berney who ran almost the entire distance within arms reach of each other, also moved up well over the last half of the race and rounded out the team.

The results were not what they hoped for, as the Finals always holds out that opportunity for an advance to the State Meet should a team finish in the top seven. There were 66 points between the team and that coveted final spot, a point spread that softens the blow just a bit.  But all things considered, the result was an outstanding one for a team that came together in late August and worked tirelessly together toward the goal of representing King on the Southern Section's biggest stage. 

For the Seniors who led the squad all season - Berz, Elerts, Casco, Torres, Sanchez and Berney - they can walk off the field of battle with their heads held high. It was quite a season, with a league title and finishing the highest place at CIF Finals in King' history.  For the younger ones, they'll undoubtably use this season's many successes to propel them to great heights down the road.   

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Sunday, November 11
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Athletic competition. It's filled with great highs and darkened lows. The Mt.SAC course, on which CIF is held, is no different. Three large hills, gapped by a valley take the racers to both highs and lows. Put the pressure of CIF qualification on that course and it becomes an apt metaphor for all that sport can and often does produce: the thrill of victory - or qualifying for Finals in this case - and the agony of defeat.

For the ladies of King, they were the ones who went home tasting the bitter pill of missing the move-on. To make it even more tart, the difference between Finals and the end of the season was one mere point.  The seven runners couldn't manage to put together a collectively solid effort, an outcome that they knew going into the race was going to be necessary.  On paper, it appeared that there was a one-point gap between King and West Ranch for the fourth and final qualifying spot.  While King managed to best West by over 10 points, it was Long Beach Millikan that surprised many folks by putting together a masterful race and snagged that coveted spot by one, 138-139.  For the Lady Wolves, freshman Alyssa Haring ran well, matching her PR on the course. Hannah Johnson had a nice PR, but perhaps the best race was turned in by Rachel Rosales who just a few weeks ago was running JV.  Moved into the starting lineup after League Finals, she took advantage of her opportunity and PR'd by over a minute-fifteen and scored in the 5th position.

King's boys have had their sights set on CIF Finals all season and raced with purpose in the third of four heats.  Predicted to finish third, they did just that, two points ahead of league rival, Corona, but well ahead of 5th place Paloma Valley.  Joe Casco led the way this day, with the #2 Mt.SAC time in school history at 15:30.  He was followed by Perry Elerts who dipped under 16:00 for the first time ever. Perhaps the race of the day belonged to Seth Villanueva who ran King's second-fastest sophomore time in school history at 16:05.  It was not just his fast time that impressed though, as King's usual #5, Robert Sanchez had to bow out of the race just before gun time due to illness.  Robert's absence necessitated a solid race by the talented sophomore and Seth did not disappoint.  Stepping in for Sanchez was fellow-soph Rolando Phalen who put down an incredible race in his own right, dropping 20-plus seconds off his Mt.SAC PR set last month. Collectively, the group dropped 30 seconds from their MT.SAC Invitational team time (combined top-5 scorers' times) and notched the #2 team time in school history on the course.

And so another CIF comes and goes, offering up both the good and the bad, the bitter and the sweet.  The girls ran valiantly, but came up a skinny point short of the sweetness.  The boys celebrated a grand achievement, qualifying to race at CIF Finals.  A week hence, they'll toe the line with the 16 best teams in all of D1 (a collection of 100 schools) and race out into the unknown, grasping once again for the peaks that only sports can provide. 

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Friday, November 2
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After pursuing the theme of “Excellence: Body, Mind, Spirit” all season, the conclusion of the league championships seemed as appropriate of an ending as any Hollywood script writer could have imagined, with all four teams earning the League title and the final race coming down to a one point thriller!

For the ladies, the season was an effort at redemption. The girls of King XC had won 10 league titles in a row going into the 2011 season, where they finished in a disappointing third-place. Coming into 2012, the group purposed themselves to work harder and more focused and ultimately bring the league crown back to Riverside. Yesterday, they did just that, completing an undefeated season and winning with a margin of 20 points over Corona. As they have been all season, the team was led by Raelyn Werley who capped off four years of varsity competition with a 2nd place finish. She was challenged throughout the race by dogged pursuers from three schools and her teammate Aimee Martinez who finished in 4th place. What a season for Aimee. But, right there in the mix of it all was King’s fabulous Freshman, Alyssa Haring who has done nothing but move from obscurity in August to First-Team All League in November, as she finished 7th place overall! Wow. Hannah Johnson was right behind her and was followed by senior Katy Fatten who had a fine day as well in 10th place. Lisa Garside and Emma Jaramillo rounded out the seven league champions.

The girls' win secured the 11th league title in 14 seasons for King High. Those of us who have been around long enough can remember that first season in 1999 when there weren’t even five girls available to race at league finals. How far we’ve come!

The JV girls have been a very pleasant development for KXC, as the last two seasons have not illustrated the depth or the competitive spirit we’d like. A huge turnaround in 2012 was on display yesterday, as the ladies ran the table. Brianna Jacklin led for most of the race before she was passed by Rachel Rosales in the last 400 meters. Iveth Gutierrez was right behind them in third and she was trailed by Lauren Soholt who finished fourth.

After two Centennial runners crossed the line, Bayleigh Porter and Amanda Haring came through, putting six King runners across in the top 8 places. Emily Sanchez, Lauren Carr and Ruthie Wiggins all earned medals for finishing in the top 14 places. That’s depth that a team can thrive on! Freshmen Sarah Rink and Hanna Boutwell also had great races; Boutwell improved 3 minutes on the 5K course from the first league meet to the final! The final score had King with 17 points; Santiago was in second with 48.

King’s JV boys have been strong and deep for some time and showed that again yesterday.  After Corona’s fine team took it out hard in the opening mile and make the score tight by the half-way mark, the boys from King began to dig in and move up and by the finish line had put all five scorers in the top 9 places, including a sweep of the top three! Dalton Seckinger came off the final hill in third but with a closing effort the bullish  - and slightly injured - sophomore wouldn’t be denied and took home the individual title. Fellow sophomore Rolando Phalen had a fantastic race to finish second and senior Weston Templeton (who spent his first two years of high school on the grid iron) crossed the line in third. All three guys would have finished in the top 25 of the varsity race! Impressive racing!  Much improved Carlos Ramirez came in sixth and sophomore Kyle Johnson was right behind him.  Jacob Norys dashed out with aggression then held on for a ninth place finish. Jacob Enriquez and freshman Michael Robinson both medaled with top-14 finishes. Daniel G. Gonzalez and Garret Koontz had tremendous efforts with sub 18:30 times on a 5K course that ran very slowly compared to others.

Roosevelt’s varsity boys and King’s crew have been closely tied in times throughout the season and had split the first two meets, with King winning the second race. Close behind the two teams is the always-tough Corona Panthers who were looking to be the spoilers in the championship. The three teams have been separated by only 12 points-or-so all season long. At the gun, Perry Elerts, Brandon Berz, Joe Casco and Nathan Torres all positioned themselves in the front group which, at a slightly conservative pace, stayed bunched with 15 guys through the half-way mark. As the field entered the third mile they separated, with Elerts and Torres falling off the leaders as Berz and Casco tried to stay in the top five. The race was very tight between all three teams with 800 meters to go.  Corona was bunched well but in the teens, Roosevelt was dominating up front but their fifth-man lingered in the mid-twenties, and King’s seven were spliced throughout. Then, with less than 400 to go, Nathan Torres passed two Roosevelt runners to finish right behind Casco and Berz, making a King line in the 5-6-7 spots. That move made a HUGE difference in the score as King ended up winning by one point over Roosevelt, 44-45. (True to the season’s form, Corona finished an admirable third, 12 points out.) Torres’ two-man pass was a swing of 6 points. But it still may not have been enough, for King’s sixth and seventh runners had to score as well. Seth Villanueva and Trevor Berney were the guys in those spots, and while not scoring outright, their placing ahead of Roosevelt’s fifth-man inflated the Mustang’s final score and contributed to the King win.

It was quite a race and quite a meet. Not since 2005, while in the Ivy League, has King won all four league titles. For the girls, it was a return to the top; a position in league the program has enjoyed for almost every year of its existence. After last year’s disappointment, it was also their primary goal of the season and in its pursuit they brought along a healthy JV squad with them. For the boys varsity, playing the bridesmaid in league – they’ve finished 2nd place 7 times in 14 seasons – ended this season.  Having the win come against two very good opponents in Roosevelt and Corona made the achievement all the sweeter.

Girls Varsity   Girls JV   Boys Varsity   Boys JV   Photos

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Monday, October 22
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In most meets, its the varsity teams that snag the headlines. At the 65th Annual Mt.SAC Invitational, it was the precocious 9th grade boys who stole the show and made history in the process.  The 9th graders have won their 9th grade race at every invitational this season - Cow Run, Mt.Carmel and Central Park - and so the only thing standing between them and a run of the table was the hills and competition of the most prestigious meet in the nation.  Talk preceded the meet that a victory was the objective.

Mission accomplished. And history made!

Led by another amazing race by Mark Werley who has been so consistently good this year, the talented bunch took it out well with only a good Great Oak squad giving chase to their title dreams.  Daniel G. Gonzalez shadowed Werley through the first half of the course as they ascended Poop Out in tandem and in the top 5 places of the race.  Tyler Janes was moving up well however, as he's been apt to do all year, and by the two mile mark he was within steps of Werley.  Mike Robinson, who has had a tremendous frosh campaign was there as King's #4 while Blake Simpson was battling for the 5th spot along with David Huff. Both of them would finish in the top 25 and defeat the talented Great Oak squad to seal the deal on an undefeated season.

What wasn't discovered until Monday morning however (due to a Mt.SAC computer problem that delayed the posting of official times) was that not only did the boys remain undefeated, they literally crushed the all-time course record team time for freshmen, racing 85:58.  The previous team time (aggregate of the first five scorers' times) course record was held by Dana Hills at 87:18, set in 2002!  For a meet that's 65 years old, this is no small thing!!  (Link to Mt.SAC course records)

What a great future this group has, as there is even greater depth behind them.  Wyatt Smith went under 18:00 for the 2.91 mile course.  Brenton Havsgaard and Daniel J. Gonzalez had super races as did AJ Boebinger - all three guys eclipsed 19:00 and EJ Soholt ran 19:00 flat with Joe Quiambao right behind him at 19:01. Both Werley's and Janes' times place them in the top five King freshmen at Mt.SAC all time and Michael Robinson is #6! Wow.

The Sophomore boys - who had a similar freshman campaign last year - were on a bit of a vendetta as the Mt.SAC meet was the only thing between them and an undefeated 2011.  Like the young(er) guns they call teammates did, consider this mission accomplished as well. With purpose this group raced, paced by Dalton Seckinger over the first half, then by Seth Villanueva over the second half. Seth finished second overall (#3 King Sophomore time in school history), but Rolando Phalen and Seckinger were both in the top ten.  Kyle Johnson - what a find this kid has been in his first year in a King uniform! - was there in the 4-spot. Carlos Ramirez, another of our talented core who has two years to go still, nailed down the dominating win as the fifth scorer.  Their team time of 84:06 is the second-fastest sophomore team-time in the course's history! Redemption from '11? We think so.   Jacob Norys, just a rookie and rising with each race ran the tough course extremely well .  The team was not challenged by any other, and won by over 50 points. Further back in the field Matt Cleland had a PR day. Josh Trupp and Jared Valadez also raced well.

The girls don't have the same depth as the boys, but that didn't stop Alyssa Haring from running exceptionally well in the 9th grade girls race.  Her time of 19:39 was the fourth fastest King time of the day and the 4th fastest freshman time in school history. She challenged for the win over the entire course before settling for 2nd. A great debut for sure! Sarah Rink and Ruthie Wiggins, both of whom show great potential with so many graduating seniors ahead of them, also put down solid efforts on their first go of the storied course. In the JV race, Rachel Rosales had a very fine performance, as did Lauren Soholt who ran a lifetime best on the course. 

Raelyn Werley was the first varsity girl to cross the line in the loaded "Sweepstakes race" (the fastest seeded heat on the day). Aimee Martinez had a tremendous race, racing under 19:10 -- a mere 2 minutes ahead of last year. Hanna Johnson also had a great PR for the course despite some mid-race adversity. The girls notched the 8th fastest team time in school history, but there wasn't enough firepower among the seven to keep the group from finishing last in the race.

For the varsity boys, the race was the oppotunity to prove themselves as they greeted their placement in a "non-sweeps" heat with disppointment.  Charging out hard - too hard - King had six runners in the first 20 places by the mile. But the effort to make that happen cost them some life in their legs and the remaining 1.91 miles saw the tight pack fall apart and other teams - Crescenta Valley and El Rancho - to move between them and take the top two spots in the race. Brandon Berz had a very fine effort, dropping nearly 60 seconds on his Mt.SAC course PR. His time of 15:33 is the #2 mark in school history! Joe Casco was second for the Wolves, followed by Perry Elerts and Nathan Torres, both of whom notched modest PR's for the course.  Trevor Berney and Robert Sanchez were tied at 16:24 for the 5th/6th spot.

In the boys' JV race at the end of the day, Jacob Enriquez, Brandon Gutzmann and Garret Koontz all ran very solid PR's in a non-scoring race.  Enriquez went 17:10!

So it was a day to celebrate King's youth, as the underclassmen truly stole the show. For the 9th grade boys, it was a triumphant act of consistency and talent, making them, perhaps, the best group of freshmen to wear the uniform. Of course, this year's sophomore class may argue against such a point after their very fine season in 2011. But after both groups walked away from the 65 year-old meet with first-place hardware and having added their names to the history books of Mt.SAC, whose going to quibble? This day belonged to the young guns of King, and points to a very prosperous future.

King Results  Photos    King's All time List

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Friday, October 12


What started out as a hectic race day for the second league meet of the year finished that way as well, with the King runners coming away victorious nonetheless, proving that the adverse training conditions of the season have helped create strong runners both physically and mentally.  

With uncertainty brewing at the start of the ever-looping course over who was to race first, the boys JV squad toed the line somewhat unexpectedly with literally 6 minutes advance notice. Despite their short warmup, the boys remained contained and got out to a fast start on what proved to be a fast course. Trevor Berney took a commanding lead early and encouraged his teammates to stay close behind. Intermixed with several Corona athletes, the King runners stayed evenly matched overtaking the Panthers in the last mile. After two miles, sophomore Rolando Phalen passed Berney pulling sophomore Carlos Ramirez with him. The third and final loop was fast for the King runners with all ten finishing in the top 15 and defeating Corona with a score of 23-37.  

With the threat of rain looming in the distance, the JV girls “A” squad immediately began their race just as the final boys were finishing. The race started off expectedly fast with four of King’s runners in the top seven. Freshman Alyssa Haring took it out fast with Centennial’s eventual race winner, Hallie Hernandez. Junior Iveth Gutierrez and senior Lauren Soholt challenged the pace and Hernandez for the first two miles. With just less than a mile to go and a quick loop around the park, Hernandez finally pulled away from the King pack. Rachel Rosales, running steady throughout the race, eventually came from behind and pulled into second with a strong finishing kick just seconds in front of Gutierrez. Soholt was third for King with Haring, Madeline Wrathall, Ruthie Wiggins, and Amanda Haring rounding out King’s top seven runners. With a team time average just under 20 minutes, the girls won easily 25-52 over Corona Santiago. 

Energy, excitement and parity seemed to be the theme for the first varsity race of the day. Throw in a terrific downpour of rain, slick sidewalks and an intensity that could be felt like the approaching lightning in the air, King's top seven boys came out on top and finally accomplished what they knew was possible, living up to their expectations from the start of the season. The top boys started out fast, crossing the first mile in less than five minutes. With every new loop came a new race and team leader. It was evident from the beginning that every runners’ finish was going to count. Brandon Berz had the race of his season- if not career- and gutted out a huge victory for the Wolves. A first place win doesn’t always equal a first place team and with equally strong showings from Roosevelt, Corona and a few Santiago runners, the entire team brought home the victory. Joe Casco, Nathan Torres, Perry Elerts, Robert Sanchez, Weston Templeton and Dalton Seckinger went head to head with their closest competitors no matter the jersey and came out on top. One must see the overall results to see just how close this race was contested. King earned this victory, with Roosevelt and Corona very close behind.  

The energy and the rain clouds didn’t wane as the varsity girls began their race and their quest to bring home another league victory. With what appeared to be a very strong run for the King Seven which would have likely finished in victory -- the Lady Wolves had six runners placed between 3rd and 12th by half-way -- the race was called at just under two miles with lightning strikes in the near-distance. All runners and spectators were asked to leave promptly with the girls feeling frustrated that what they thought was a great race was abruptly canceled. A quick team pow wow proved that no matter what, the goal for the season will remain constant: a league title will be theirs.


So what started in a crazy way, ended in an even crazier crescendo with thunder and lightening and a "who-would-have-thunk-it" called race. Crazy indeed. The Big 8 way! 


Boys JV   Girls JV   Boys Varsity   Girls varsity stopped mid-race due to lightening   Photos

Saturday, October 6
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After weeks of intense heat, a touch of Fall seemed to descend on Fresno’s famed Woodward Park for the 35th running of the Clovis Invitational. With perfect conditions, King’s varsity athletes competed well and came home with some solid marks as well as a better understanding of a few things that still need work in order to achieve the teams’ goals.

Dalton Seckinger may have called it a “spectacular” day, as that was his choice to describe how he felt during the varsity race. Leading King’s “second team” through the 5K course, he did indeed look as he described his physicality and it resulted in a 30-second improvement for the sophomore over last year on the course. It was good for 18th all time on the course for King and the second fastest time ever run by a sophomore on any course in King's history. Wes Templeton dropped 1:20 from last year and came in just a bit behind Seckinger. Kyle Johnson had a lifetime PR for the distance in third for King and was followed by Rolando Phalen at 17:00 and Mark Werley, the only 9th grader on the trip, scored for the Wolves with a very fine 17:25 inaugural run on a course he’s observed for about six years as his older siblings traversed its layout. Not a bad way to start out! Jacob Enriquez and Parker Gutzmann also ran well in the 6-7 spots.

The girls varsity toed the line next in the Championship race and accorded themselves well. A fast opening mile and entertaining too many butterflies seemed to rob the group of a spark, but regardless they improved their team time from last year and finished in the middle of the field. Raeyln Werley led the way, and was followed by a terrific pack of Lisa Garside, Aimee Martinez and Katelyn Fatten who all finished within seconds of each other. Hannah Johnson fell back considerably after a too-fast opening mile and rounded out the scoring. Bayleigh Porter and Emma Jaramillo were in 6th and 7th for the Lady Wolves, with Bayleigh running a strong PR for Woodward Park at 20:04.

“The best team King has ever had” is a line that’s been used to describe this year’s boys varsity group, and while that may seem to be a defendable assertion on paper and in workouts and is a line the group would like to legitimately claim as their own, they have yet to really "click" as a unit on race day and make it known.  “Clicking” may not be the operative word for their race on Saturday, as there were still a few question marks created by the results, without doubt it was a very good collective race and the best race of the season. They posted the #2 all time team-time on Woodward Park at 81:28 and radically altered the all-time list when the dust had settled.  Certainly, they are headed toward laying claim to the title based on the results of the race!

Joe Casco led the way with only the second ever sub-16:00 time for the Wolves on the course. His clocking of 15:56 is #2 all time and was good for 22nd place. Perry Elerts, who is having such a fantastic season – a spectacular one, even – put down a highlight race for himself and the team. His 16:11 was the third-fastest mark in school history for the course and is the product of a singular focus and a determination that has lasted for months! It’s so nice to see the hard work paying off. His good friend Robert Sanchez has been doing the same and finally found the race he’s been looking for with a superb 16:31, the 9th all time mark and the fourth fastest for King on the day. Nathan Torres also PR’d as King’s #3 and Brandon Berz rounded out the scoring in 5th for King. Seth Villanueva and Trevor Berney were 6th and 7th on the day with Seth’s 16:39 another indicator of the solid depth King can have on race day from the 4-6 spots! His mark is also the #3 soph time in school history! Wow!

So it was a good day of racing. It had moments of "spectacular" with a lot of improvement including too many PR’s to count and a couple of team time results that changed the all-time lists.   It had moments of "frustration" as well, as a few walked away shaking their heads wondering what went wrong.  But overall, there were far more positives than negatives and if the teams drove home with a clearer view of the little things that need to be fixed in order to really fly by November, all while enjoying the thrills that come with good races, well then .... call it what you want, but make sure it's a good word.


Clovis Results   Woodward Park All Time List    Full Results     Photo Gallery

Sunday, October 7

While the varsity teams made the long journey to Fresno for Clovis Invite, 61 athletes crammed onto the sole bus that arrived to pick them up early Saturday morning to head to the Central Park Invitational in Huntington Beach.

Leaving in darkness from King High, the sun was provided an amazing sunrise of red and orange at it lit the underside of the clouds as we arrived at a very cool morning at Central Park, with the dew so thick on the grass that the short trip across the grass to set up our canopy left shoes damp. King High has a long history at Central Park, with great memories including Jeremy Baugus running 15:37 in 2005, a school record for a 3-mile race held for 3 years. Not unlike Fresno, the Central Park invite attacks some of the best teams in the state, including Saugus, Dana Hills, and Trabuco Hills, to name just a few.

The JV boys started the day off with a great effort by Brandon Gutzman, Garrett Koontz, and Tim Pungaew running the still damp course as a threesome that surely would have placed if they had had two more teammates to make the required five-man team. All three finished in the top 25 out of well over 200 runners. The JV girls were next, and sparked by great efforts from the top 5 of Iveth Gutierrez, Lauren Soholt, Savannah Saucedo, Amanda Haring, and Madeline Wrathall who all finished in the top 23 overall, the JV girls took 3rd place behind Dana Hills and Trabuco Hills.

The boys freshman team once again dominated their race to go undefeated for the season so far. Tyler Janes, Daniel G. Gonzalez, and Michael Robinson, who had the best race of his season by far, finished 3rd, 4th and 5th to lead the win for the young King harriers. Blake Simpson, who was 2nd for much of the race in a great show of risking it all to push himself to victory, faded at the end but still finished 9th. Andrew Boebinger and David Huff finished side-by-side for the 5th and 6th runners for King. So dominate were the freshman boys in this race that they beat their nearest competitors by 65 points, a virtual landslide in an invitational setting where 15 other teams competed, and even more impressive when you consider that their companion Mark Werley was in Fresno with the varsity team. Also having great races for the freshman boys were Wyatt Smith, Brenton Havsgaard, Vincent Barzurto, EJ Soholt, Joseph Quiambao, Daniel J. Gonzalez, Matthew Martinez, and Ryan Orr, all of whom finished 19:00 or faster, a barrier that two of our current seniors varsity runners never made during their freshman season (check it out in our archives). Joseph Quiambao gave us all a scare at the end of the race as he showed that he gave it all and then some (eat more for breakfast next time!!), but running with complete abandon seems to be the theme this year for all the freshman boys.

The girls freshman and sophomores were combined as history used to show that it was harder to get 9th and 10th grade girls to come out for cross country, but with 321 runners in this race alone the girls are coming out in huge numbers to what many consider the hardest sport in high school athletics. Alyssa Haring finished 9th overall but was the 2nd freshman girl at 19:56, an amazing time for this up and coming freshman on a tough course. Ruthie Wiggins, Sarah Rink, and Emily Sanchez also had stellar races.

Although the boys sophomores lost their undefeated status for the season, it was not unexpected with their top three runners in Clovis. They still finished in 5th place finish with Jacob Norys having the best time of the day for all King boys and finishing 7th overall. Carlos Ramirez, Matt Cleland, and Eric Penalosa also had great races and held the banner high for the King sophomores.

King Results   Full Results

Sunday, September 23
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A busy week for King High Cross Country came to a close yesterday at the Lancer Cross Country Classic. After recovering from last weekend’s challenge in San Diego, the Wolves headed to their first league meet on Thursday only to turn around and race again at Rancho Jurupa Community Park, just a few miles from home.

Under slightly cloudy skies in the early morning, the frosh/soph girls toed the line first with Ruthie Wiggins, Sarah Rink and Emily Sanchez coming in fifth, sixth, and seventh over the looping all-terrain course. The girls challenged the race early and with Jennifer Guitierrez and Krista Zwart rounding out the top five, the King ladies finished behind cross-town rival Poly in the overall standings.

The boys freshmen continued their winning ways, leading the frosh/soph race for King, finishing seventh-twelfth with Blake Simpson leading the way. Tyler Janes, Michael Robinson, AJ Boebinger and Daniel G. Gonzalez finished neck and neck with a mere three seconds separating their times. David Huff was the team’s fifth man and once again the boy’s walked away with a race victory, finishing seven points in front of second place Rubidoux who had the top two finishers in the race and a sixth place runner in front of King. The power of the pack once again proves victorious.

After a brief lull in the competition to watch the collegiate teams race, including two King alumni (Rebecca Asplund of CBU and Taylar Amiot of Cal State San Bernardino), the girls’ varsity took to the 5K course and won their second race of the week. Senior Raelyn Werley, finished second overall with Hannah Johnson and Aimee Martinez once again proving they are ready to compete with the best this season, following close behind her. Iveth Guiterrez, Rachel Rosales, Bayleigh Porter and freshman Alyssa Haring completed the top seven for the Wolves. The varsity boys ran without their top seven and nevertheless walked away with a respectable third place finish behind an always successful La Sierra squad and up and coming Riverside Poly. With the experience of more varsity races under his belt, Dalton Seckinger raced to the finish with senior Robert Sanchez, beating him out by just a second. Kyle Johnson gritted it out against a former La Sierra teammate to finish third for King. The Wolves showed their depth and the possibilities of future success with Jacob Enriquez finishing in front of underclassmen Rolando Phalen, Carlos Ramirez, Mark Werley, Jacob Norys and Erick Penaloza.

Although the JV races saw smaller fields, they finished in commanding fashion with King athletes winning both races. Brandon Gutzman tasted victory this season with a win in the last race of the day. Lauren Soholt dominated the ladies race from the start, taking her second victory of the season. The Lady Wolves had a perfect sweep, taking the top six positions and a 15 - 49 victory over second place La Sierra.

With September drawing to a close and the weather hopefully improving, the King runners will prepare for their next competition, enjoying the rewards of the past week of successful racing and getting back to work to enjoy even more.

Lancer Classic Results:  FS Boys;  FS Girls;  JV Boys;  JV Girls;  Varsity Boys;  Varsity Girls

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Thursday, September 20
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With the temperatures hovering again near 100 degrees, the Big 8 Season had to find a way to flex and bend beneath the heat. The 2012 season kicked off at Prado Park in Chino and while some wind cooled the mercury a bit, it was still hot enough to combine the JV and Varsity races for both genders.

The girls got things rolling and put together a very pleasant outcome. After winning 11 consecutive league titles, that streak came to an end in 2011 as Santiago and Corona put together fine teams and seasons and snapped the streak. The King ladies got back to their winning ways in this year's kickoff, winning by 24 points over the defending league champs, Santiago. Raelyn Werley led the way in 2nd overall, but Hanna Johnson put down her best race ever in her young career to finish second for the Wolves and 5th overall. The back of Aimee Martinez, Lisa Garside, Emma Jaramillo and Katy Fatten grouped from 8-11 and the win was secured.

Bayleigh Porter was the first JV runner across the line with a great race of her own. Brianna Jacklin, Alyssa Haring, Rachel Rosales and Lauren Soholt rounded out the scoring with Emily Sanchez in 7th and ahead of Corona's 2nd runner. After getting pushed around a bit in league races the last two seasons, the crowd King put in the front of this race was a pleasant departure from the past.

Roosevelt's boys are the defending champs and they ran like they intend to repeat their 2011 exploits here in 2012. Brandon Berz gave chase over the last mile with Joe Casco in tow, but the pack was splintered and not able to counter the four-pack the Mustangs put in the top 8 paces. Though King would have 6 guys in front of Roosevelt's final scorer (Trevor Berney did the displacing honors with a great race) it wasn't enogugh to soften the blow and King finished second by 9 points.

King's JV boys simply dominated the race winning by a margin of 17-41 over Corona. They were led by Dalton Seckinger early on, but Robert Sanchez surged to the win, followed by Seckinger, Rolando Phalen, Kyle Johnson and Jacob Enriquez all scoring in the top 6 places. With Parker Gutzman rolling in the 8th place and Mark Werley in 12th, all seven were across the line before Corona's 6th.

A new course, a tough league, and a hot day all conspired to derail the intentions of King's program to pursue excellence. All things considered, the teams seemed to make progress toward that goal.

Results:   Boys Varsity   Girls Varsity,  Boys JV,    Girls JV.  

Sunday, September 16
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From the moment we stepped off the bus at the 32nd annual Mt. Carmel Invitational, it was apparent that this year would be different: At 7:30am in the morning the temperature already read 82 degrees. The course, the same course used for the Footlocker XC Nationals, may have been the same, but the weather would convince even a skeptic that global warming has arrived. San Diego, normally a cool respite from the heat of Riverside, actually was hotter than the Inland Empire due to the freakishly hot weather that rarely occurs in this beautiful city by the ocean.  By the end of the meet, a local news station reported that the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department had made 13 trips to Balboa Park to rescue athletes that succumbed to the heat. Coach Peirce’s mantra of “hydration!” was the word of the day, and thankfully not a single King athlete needed medical attention. While the temperature was breaking records, this was not a day for most King athletes to compare their times with previous years, and the Sophomore and Freshman races were shortened to reduce the number of heat-related casualties.

By 8:30am, the beginning of the Senior Girls race, the temperature read 88 degrees. Led by Raelyn Werley, the seniors proved that all of their hard work this summer is starting to pay off as they tied perennial powerhouse Torrey Pines with 106 points for the top score, and taking 2nd place only due to the 6th runner tiebreaker. Even in the heat, both Emma Jamarillo and Bayleigh Porter improved their times from last year - very impressive considering the heat, and a feat that few others matched.

The senior boys and the junior girls were next, and both took 3rd place in their races with standout performances by Joe Casco,  Trevor Berney, Aimee Martinez, and Rachel Rosales as all improved their times from last year, despite the heat. In fact, Rachel improved her time by 1:15 from last year.  The junior girls also improved from 13th place as sophomores with much of the same competition. By the time the junior boys went off at 9:45am, the temperature had jumped to 97 degrees, and Mt. Carmel had turned into “Melt” Carmel.  Parker Gutzman, who has shown perhaps the most improvement of any athlete compared to last year, improved his time from 19:22 his sophomore year to 17:34 this year, an improvement of almost 2 minutes despite the extreme conditions.  By this point, the race officials had seen enough and rightfully reduced the length of the races for the rest of the day.  The boys races took out the 2nd hill, and the girls races took out the hills altogether in the hope that this would reduce the number of heat related issues for the athletes.  Still, the ambulances and fire trucks continued to come.

By the time the freshmen boys ran started their race at 11:30am it was 102 degrees.  Often races had to be stopped to allow the constant stream of fire trucks and paramedics across part of the course through to the finish line, yet these freshmen boys proved that the heat could not stop their second dominant victory in a row to begin the season.  Led this time by Mark Werley with a strong time of 15:17 over 2.7 miles, the solid freshman five of Werley, Daniel G. Gonzalez, Blake Simpson, Tyler Janes, and fast-improving Michael Robinson dominated the 2nd and 3rd place powerhouse schools of Dana Hills and Loyola.  Not to be outdone, the sophomore boys won for the 2nd year in a row at Mt. Carmel with Seth Villanueva leading the way by running an incredible time of 14:41 over 2.7 miles (16:21 if converted to 3 miles, essentially 2 minutes faster than his time last year!), passing four runners in the last half-mile to secure the one-point victory over Loyola.  Rounding out the scoring five were Dalton Seckinger, Kyle Johnson, Jacob Norys, and Rolando Phalen. Both the freshman and sophomore boys teams show no signs of slowing down, which foreshadows a bright future ahead. The freshman girls didn't have a full squad to score with, but Ruthie Wiggins had a fine outing, not too far behind Alyssa Haring.

So, despite the heat, it was a good day overall for King. One can’t do much about the weather, and every athlete at the meet had to face the challenge of doing their best in the adverse conditions. Indeed, with our first league meet coming this next Thursday, we face the likely possibility of running in the same high temperatures. We have been tested and have shown that we can meet the challenges that lie ahead.

King Results   Photo Gallery   Full Results 

Sunday, September 9
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The hot temperatures, early mornings, long days at school and fatigued legs are all challenges that the King Cross Country runners face at the beginning of each new season. An even greater challenge is to train, train, train without racing for eight long weeks.

The Wolves finally toed the line at the Great Cow Run in Cerritos yesterday in what proved to show the challenges faced earlier in this season are paying off for the King runners. As was hopefully expected, the meet opened up with a win for the freshman boys’ team. With a starting line of over 270 boys and a quick start, the boys remained patient and slowly built into the race, creating a pack with four boys in the top ten and a top seven separated by just over one minute. Tyler Janes was the top boy for the Wolves finishing fourth overall, (#3 frosh mark in school history!) with Mark Werley, Daniel Gonzalez, (#4 and 5 All Time Frosh marks!) Blake Simpson, AJ Boebinger, David Huff and Mike Robinson finishing out the top seven. With three boys under 17:00, a team time of 84:58 and sixty points ahead of second place Loyola, the future of this team seems very promising.

After a small but mighty freshman girls squad made up of Alyssa Haring, Ruthie Wiggins and Hannah Boutwell finished their first race of the season with personal victories all around, the varsity boys squad ran a strong race led by Perry Elerts who made close to a minute drop from last season’s time and ran King's #2 senior mark in school history. Other varsity runners making huge improvements included Weston Templeton, Dalton Seckinger (#3 soph time in school history), Jacob Enriquez and Parker Gutzman.

The Lady Wolves- running with a healthy squad for the first time in over a year- finished third in their race, closely behind Long Beach Poly and Redondo Union, both 2011 CIF finalist teams.   With hot temperatures making their way into the morning hours, the varsity girls ran about 50 seconds faster than last year’s team time. Raelyn Werley finished third overall, followed by Aimee Martinez who made a 90 second improvement from last season’s race. Lisa Garside and Emma Jaramillo finished neck and neck a mere two seconds behind Martinez with Brianna Jacklin and Bayleigh Porter rounding out a strong top seven. Seth Villanueva, Rolando Phalen, and Jacob Norys all had successful efforts in their first race of the season with times that placed them fourth, fifth and sixth respectively from yesterday’s overall team results and a third place finish in the boys sophomore race . Hannah Johnson finished fourth overall in the girls’ sophomore race in 19:34 with rookie Emily Sanchez running a respectable 21:28 in her first competitive endeavor and Krista Zwart running a pleasing four minutes faster than last year at this time.

Lauren Soholt walked away as the team’s only race winner, taking it out strong and never letting down in her 19:56 victory.  Her efforts led equally strong runs by the girls junior varsity squad who made huge improvements from last season with Rachel Rosales, Lauren Carr, Madeline Wrathall and Sabrina Suarez finishing strong under the hot skies. The last race of the day matched the first with a King victory.

While the first race of the season is always welcome, it’s the possibilities that it brings for the races ahead that makes it most exciting. With the successes and perhaps some of the disappointments from the first race of the season fresh in their minds, new goals for the King High runners must be set and even more challenges met. Bring it on.

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Saturday, November 23

By the look of things this past July when the 2013 season was just getting under way, the idea of the girls racing in the D1 CIF SS Finals in November was not an idea most entertained. As the group arrived for summer camp four and a half months ago, there were missing pieces, a lot of uncertainty, several new faces and a lack of identity.

But time and effort have a way of revealing things that can be hidden, and over the course of the season, the girls gradually formed an identity and an understanding that perhaps they were better than they had anticipated early on.  Rankings during September had the team pegged at 7th in the Division, then 10th, 11th and ultimately 13th at the outset of CIF.  Coming out of last week's CIF Prelims, the girls were "on paper" 14th of the 16 teams who qualified for the Finals. As the days progressed to Saturday's race, a goal was set to finish in the top 10.

The race went out in a very fast pace, which is what you expect in D1 Finals. Through the first mile, it didn't look good for the Ladies from King.  At one point just before the mile, the 5-6-7 runners for King were the last three racers in the entire field of 118. As the field headed up the switchbacks, King's number one runner Ruth Wiggins saw the clock read 5:15 and had she counted she would have seen some 25 runners in front of her!  By the time all seven of King's runners went by the mile split -- all of them below 6:00 and faster than they are accustomed to -- it appeared as if the outcome of the race wasn't going to be what they had hoped for.

The torrid pace of the opening mile put a toll on Ruth as she had to focus to stay in it before dropping back to finish as King's #3 in 50th place. But as any good team should do, two runners stepped up to help out.  Alyssa Haring was one of just a few girls for King who managed to significantly gain in placing after that first mile and would ultimately cross the line in 33rd place. She ran a 33 second PR for the course at 18:25. Senior Brianna Jacklin closed her career with a strong effort and close to a MtSAC PR, finishing in 46th place. 

A gap of 38 points spaced King's third and fourth finishers, as Rachel Rosales crossed next followed by Lauren Boydd who was King's #5, running a 10-second PR.  Bree Guzman and Aimee Martinez struggled in their final race of high school, finishing in 20:32 and 20:34 respectively.  

There was understandable disappointment in the group following the race as it appeared to have not gone as they planned. In some ways it didn't, the girls didn't have their best collective race of the year. However, the "look" of the race was masked a bit by the revealing nature of the times which made the difference.  After some delay in getting the results, it was announced that King had finished 11th, a respectable and solid finish despite the appearances during competition.  The breakthrough performances of Alyssa Haring and Brianna Jacklin -- somewhat lost in the crowded field -- coupled with Ruth's tenaciousness and Rachel's gain of 20 places in the final two miles allowed the girls to finish higher than it seemed it would settle at.  They were 54 points out of that desired top 10 spot.

The questions of last July took time to answer, but the girls successfully navigated a season that had uncertainty written all over it. They may have been inexperienced, new to the sport, each other or to running varsity, but in time, they ended up putting together an undefeated league season and racing in CIF Finals. Not too shabby. Here today in their final race, the questions posed by the early mile just took some time to be answered.  It didn't look good, but looks can be deceiving, and in King Cross Country's 11th trip to CIF Finals, they finished 11th. While it ultimately wasn't what they hoped for or perhaps what they were capable of, it was still a finish they can be happy with.  That spirit just may take some time to fully reveal itself.

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Saturday, November 16
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Sports has a way of creating great highs and tough lows. Such it was for the King Wolves on Saturday at the CIF Southern Section D1 Preliminaries.  Needing to snag one of the top four team places in their respective heats to punch their tickets to the CIF Championship held next week, both teams knew of the challenge that was placed in front of them. Race well and move on, miss out on that needed performance and the season ends.  The sport dealt what it had to offer and the girls team will move on to the final race, the boys' season came to a humbling end.

The girls took the line first under ideal weather conditions.  On paper it looked going into the race, that a solid performance across the group would secure a third-place finish behind the highly ranked squads from Yucaipa and San Clemente. Sure enough, as the race unfolded, that's exactly how it played out, with King going shoulder to shoulder with the Jackrabbits of Long Beach Poly for the 3rd and 4th place spots.  In the end, King edged Poly by 12 points and finished the predicted third place.

Ruth Wiggins led the charge with another fine effort over the hills and dales of Mt.SAC, and even with a slight PR she admitted it was a bit tougher than normal. Her 18:21 is now the #4 time in school history. Senior Brianna Jacklin had a huge performance, running King's 5th fastest time on the course in our 15 years of history at 18:32.  Alyssa Haring was third for the team in 19th place, but it was a 30 second PR by Rachel Rosales that closed a gap that has lingered between the 3 and 4 spots all season. Her race was a huge help in the scoring. Aimee Martinez was 5th across the line after gallantly attempting to stay in the fourth spot for half the race.  Lauren Boydd PR'd as well and Emily Sanchez ran across 7th for the girls.  So for the 11th time in 15 seasons, the girls of King will take the line with the 16 bestsquads in their division ... no small feat.  From front to back, it took a team effort to make it happen and next Saturday will be a day of racing and celebration

From the high fives and high-feelings of the girls' finish, the boys result was a turn in the other direction.  Yes, sports can do that.  But sport also offers great lessons and tutorials, and for the King Seven -- all of whom will return next year -- were handed by the professor of adversity the lesson of defeat.  It's a tough task master, but it can and often does result in great glory.   Despite a projected third or fourth place run, the team finished a disappointing 6th place, well back of 5th place Burroughs who had to deal with their own school of hard knocks as they finished one point out of qualifying!

Tyler Janes had a breakout race and led the team across the line in 14th place and with a huge PR of 15:42, the fastest sophomore time in school history at Mt.SAC.  Fellow sophomore Blake Simpson, who has been simply on fire over the last month, continued to blaze and finished third for the team with a 17 second PR and the 4th fastest soph time in our history.  His 37th place finish was sandwiched by Rolando Phalen (36th) and Kyle Johnson (38th), both juniors.  Sophomores Daniel Gonzalez and Mark Werley were across next and Carlos Ramirez rounded out the seven.  Daniel ran a PR for the course, the 6th fastest sophomore time in school history.

Disappointment reigned following the finish, as the outcome was apparent even before the scores were announced.  Well placed feelings, for sure, as they knew to a man that it wasn't what they were capable of. But they will do well to listen to their teacher. It's that same tough prof who offers adversity in exchange for reward. From the valley of "defeat" rise the champions of tomorrow; a lesson that sports teach with great purity.  It will only be a matter of time before we find out if this very talented group will listen and respond.  If they do, the CIF rounds in 2014 will tell a different story. 

Results:  Girls Individual  Girls Team    Boys Individual   Boys Team

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Thursday, November 7

The Big 8 Finals never disappoints.  Last year, the Wolves of King High walked away with a clean sweep of all four races; the boys varsity winning by one skinny point.  While the 2013 running of the event wasn't quite as "clean" as the 2012 version was, it was still a very good day for King as the harriers from Riverside went home with 3 wins and a close second place to Corona in the boys varsity contest. 

Perhaps the race of the day was the boys JV.  After King lost to Corona in both of the first league meets of the season by 10 and 12 points respectively, it could have been a foregone conclusion that the Panthers of Corona would run away with the finale as well.  The King kids had a different idea though and ran with great aggressivenss and a sense of purpose. They were not disappointed in the outcome as they reversed the previous scores, winning this one over Corona by 12 points.

Blake Simpson may need a new nickname -- let's call him Blazin' Blake -- as his racing and training has been on fire of late with dramatic improvements each time out.  This was a classic one for the talented sophomore. Taking the lead in the opening meters of the race, he extended it through the three miles and won by a large margin with a course PR and with a time that would hold as King's 5th fastest mark on the day, both varsity and JV races combined.  The scoring was close behind him, but a great race by senior Brandon Gutzmann to nail down second place furthered King's cause for victory.  Michael Robinson had a terrific race to finish in fourth place overall, ahead of the Panthers' second finisher. The win was on!  Closing the door were the number four and five guys for King, Parker Gutzmann and Jacob Enriquez. Sophs David Huff and Wyatt Smith - both big parts of King' future - ran very solid performances and finished in the top 7 for King.  

Rebekah Pendleton has had a very fine 9th grade season, showing passion and drive every week of the year. Today's race was just more of the same, as she charged out hard in the JV girls contest and led by a large margin for the entire race. Emily Sanchez closed the gap a bit to finish in second, while Amanda Haring closed out her fine three years of racing and improving in fine fashion. The JV girls have swept the top seven places in every Big 8 league race this year, and they continued that roll this day with an added 8th place finisher just for good measure.   Behind Amanda was Britney Saucedo, Hannah Johnson, Savannah Saucedo, Kathryn Hammar and Iveth Gutierrez.  A solitary opponent snuck in after Iveth but was followed by Hannah Boutwell who ran a terrific race.  Tayelee Holtrop was right there with her, also racing well.  Shelby Mikkelson closed her career with a good race in 14th, and the always positive Miranda Salas finished her last high school XC race in 15th.  Dystanie Rush was 16th, to put 13 King girls in the top 16 spots! Impressive!

2013 will mark the 12th league title for the girls' varsity and the 200th league meet victory in our 15 years of racing!  The King girls have produced 12 league championships, spanning 4 different leagues!  Ruth Wiggins' very savvy race led it for the ladies who won by 29 points - a bit of redemption after stumbling somewhat in the second league race and winning that one by a margin of only 10 points.  Ruth's victory marks the 10th King girl to win the league MVP award! On a personal note, it also marked one of the great improvement stories in our history. One year ago, Ruth finished 13th in the JV league finals with a time over 22 minutes Today?  Varsity league champion and a time of 17:54. Amazing.

Perhaps the most encouraging part of the girls' victory was the much closer gap between the #2 and #5 finishers.  Alyssa Haring and Brianna Jacklin did their usual close finish near the front, but it was a fantastic effort of Aimee Martinez and Rachel Rosales who finished only 2 seconds apart and much closer in time to King's third. Bree Guzman was right behind them and Lauren Boydd finished as King's seventh in 19th place.  

For the varsity boys, the hope was that the narrow margins separating them from Corona in the first two races (3 points both times with each team taking a victory) would swing in favor of King this time out.  But Corona ran a very solid team race while King didn't have their sharpest performance and that left the Wolves seven points out of the victory. Despite not firing on all cylandars, there were some outstanding performances.  Rolando Phalen ran so, so tough and finished fourth -- one of his best races all season. Tyler Janes -- who won the JV race on this course back in September -- finished first-team All League in 5th place, a result of growth and focus.  Mark Werley was next in with an extremely gutty race that reveals the talented sophomore's character. His effort kept King close in the scoring, especially as Daniel Gonzalez came charging up to finish two places behind him in 9th.  Four racers in the top ten usually spells a victory, but Corona put five in the top 10, sealing the deal.  Carlos Ramirez finished 11th for King and scored, and Kyle Johnson and Dalton Seckinger rounded out the seven, all of whom finished with All League honors.

The Big 8 can and has produced amazing races and exciting results. 2013 will go down as another chapter in that long storyline. While it wasn't a clean sweep, it was awfully close, and there is definitely no disappointment in that. 

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Sunday, October 27
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The 66th Annual Mt. SAC Invitational started very early as we set up our canopies in darkness; only the light of the giant "Jumbo Tron" illuminated the field. It would be a long day with races spread out from 7:30am for the Boys JV to nearly 1pm when the Boys Sophomores set off to set another all-time record sophomore team time for Mt. SAC.   But, by the time the canopies were packed and the team was headed for home, it was clear that King's performances had sparkled no matter the hour.

In the low light of dawn the JV Boys finished 5th in a race full of state powers including Great Oak, Dana Hills, and Arcadia. Matt Cleland set the pace finishing 8th overall with a time of 16:50, a full 1:10 faster than his effort last year with Garret Koontz and Jacob Pendleton also having good races.

The Girls JV team finished 3rd behind Great Oak and Dana Hills with Emily Sanchez, Amanda Haring, and Hannah Johnson put three King runners in the top 11.  Emily and Amanda had huge improvement from last year and ran perhaps their best races of 2013.

The Boys Varsity team may have been disappointed with their 4th place finish but still managed to race King's 6th fastest time on the course despite the fact that a couple of King's normal top-five finishers were racing in the sophomore race. Carlos Ramirez had his best race of the year finishing in 15:44, the 4th fastest time ever for a King runner at Mt. SAC. As is often the case, the race was a good learning experience as the boys will soon return to the same course for CIF prelims. The Girls Varsity race turned out to be mystery for a while as it took nearly two hours for the results to be posted. Ruth Wiggins again showed her amazing growth this past year by finishing third overall in 18:25, a full 3:07 over her freshman attempt! Her effort puts her as the 4th fastest King girl at Mt. SAC in our 15 year history, and the 3rd fastest ever by a sophomore girl. She was followed by senior Brianna Jacklin at 18:47, who becomes the 6th fastest girl King has had at Mt. SAC, and Alyssa Haring at 18:58, the 3rd fastest time ever for a sophomore girl. Overall, the girls had the 7th fastest team time ever for at Mt. SAC.  Despite a large gap of points and time between the 3rd and 4th finisher for the girls, their opponents were constituted in a similar fashion and the Lady Wolves were able to finish third overall is a heat meet officials dubbed "sub-sweepstakes".

The freshman girls had the first victory of the day for King with Rebekah Pendleton leading the way in 10th place and Tayelee Holtrup, Kathryn Hammar, and Dystanie Rush all having solid races.  Julie Steklof had her best race of the year finishing 34th out of 155 girls in the race and solidifying the victory for the freshman girls. All ran times ahead or close to what Ruth Wiggins ran last year, and all show the kind of work ethic that leads us to believe that they will be a factor in the years to come! Great race freshman girls!!

As the morning cool turned to the heat of the afternoon, the freshman boys finished 4th and had great races from Mario Machuca and Evan Tinker who both have made great improvement in their first year of running. The sophomore girls were next and led by a wonderful performance by Hannah Boutwell who medaled and was a good two minutes faster than a year ago. But with 3 runners the group didn’t have enough scorers to place.

The bright sun of the 1:00 PM hour served as a spotlight of sorts on the Boys Sophomore race. While the team tried to stay focused on the goal of running well and looking to improve, it was hard not to be reminded that these were the same boys that last year destroyed the all-time team time course record for Mt. SAC for any freshman team in 65 years at Mt. SAC. With the same group in tack from yesteryear along with much improved Wyatt Smith and AJ Boebinger, these boys did not disappoint. Not only did they win the race, but they set another all-time course record, (83:25 set by El Rancho in 2010) by almost a minute at 82:37, and, almost 5 minutes faster than any other sophomore team. With 6 of the top 7 runners, it was a dominant performance. Tyler Janes pulled away to win the race at 15:59 to become the 8th fastest King boy to run at Mt. SAC, and the 2nd fastest sophomore. He was followed by Mark Werley at 16:22, the 4th fastest time in our history by a sophomore. Blake Simpson, Michael Robinson, Andrew Boebinger, and Daniel Gonzalez all finished below 17 minutes to solidify the victory. Wyatt Smith, David Huff, Ryan Orr, Brenten Havsgaard, and Vincent Barzurto all had great races. The sophomore team is deep and hungry, with five having run on varsity at one point during the year and many others showing the potential and desire to push them on to the varsity team next years.

So it was quite a day that started before sunrise and ended with a bright victory under a warm sun.  With league finals and CIF approaching, the team has a lot to look forward to before the sun sets on 2013.

KING RESULTS   Updated Mt.SAC All Time List    Photo gallery 



Thursday, October 17
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The second Big 8 cluster meet of the season was yet another spirited adventure. What else can you expect with several strong teams get together? In what turned out to be a wonderful competition, the teams are poised for what should be an incredible League Finals three weeks from now.

King's varsity girls got the win, but they all agreed it wasn't pretty. After dominating in the first round during late September and winning by over 30 points, this contest was much closer; just 12 points was the margin of victory over Roosevelt. Corona's top two harriers went 1-2 but were disqualified for going off course. The snafu allowed for Alyssa Haring to take the sacred one point for winning, while being shadowed closely by Brianna Jacklin. While Aimee Martinez ran solidly, the rest of the group struggled, and made the final outcome less than obvious. Still, the job got done and the girls go into the league finals undefeated.

The normal seven for the boys varsity weren't all on the line as three of the usual lineup weren't racing. So, calling on the depth of the team, three "varsity-untested" guys moved up, namely, Brandon Gutzmann, Mike Robinson and Blake Simpson. Facing the uncertainty of racing at that level for the first time, the three overcame their fears amd ran like seasoned veterans and really shined. Tyler Janes who has split his time on Varsity and JV, put together his best race of the season.  In the first Big 8 meet, he won the JV race, but today, for a time he led the team in the top five of the field before relinquishing it to Rolando Phalen who would finish fourth overall. Both guys ran outstanding, tough efforts.

Dalton Seckinger and Daniel Gonzalez both ran conservative starts then finished with a flourish, passing many over the last mile and a half. In a spirited sprint to the line, Gonzalez and Robinson passed one key Corona runner to make the score even tighter. Given the lineup, King really had no business being in the same ballpark of the likes of Corona, but the group overcame the gaps and raced exceptionally well.

Their counterparts at the JV level weren't quite as on, and Corona really took the Wolves to task. Jacob Enriquez ran a strong effort near the front of the race the whole way and finished with a solid 16:33, 2nd place finish.  Kyle Johnson finished fourth, but there were three Panthers on his heals, before Wyatt Smith and Parker Gutzmann came through. For Wyatt, the fast improving sophomore ran perhaps his best race of his life.  Matt Cleland was the final scorer in 11th place, and King fell to Corona by 12 points.

The JV girls won easily, taking the first six places, just as they did in the first round. Rachel Rosales won the race easily and was followed by Hannah Johnson, Amanda Haring, Emily Sanchez, Kathryn Hammar and Iveth Gutierrez.

So it was quite a day.  A bunch of excitement and competition that saw King sneaking into wins and almost wins and, for good measure, winning in a blowout. If today is any indication, the Finals should be everything a finals should be: Exciting! 

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Sunday, September 29
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Race winners: Jacob Enriquez, Britney Saucedo and Mike Robinson

What was expected at the third annual Lancer Classic was a local, small affair that brought a smattering of Riverside teams and one squad from Nevada who was making an overnighter to Riverside. Having just come off a hard week of training and an emotional, hard-fought Big 8 league contest just 48 hours prior to the start of the races at Rancho Jurupa Park, a sense of battle fatigue could have been expected as well.

What wasn't expected were the on-point times over the looping, grassy 5K course. Despite weariness in their legs, the frosh-soph girls race led to some huge PR's for Hannah Boutwell, Tayelee Holtrop and Dystinie Rush, who finished 4, 5 and 6 respectively  and brought in King's first team victory for the day.  Alyssa Giddings and Julie Steklof rounded out the scoring for the lady Wolves' young team.  Soon after, the consistently strong and deep King boys' underclassmen saw a 1-2-3 finish despite a more conservative effort. Mikey Robinson took a commanding lead from the start, but was push by teammates David Huff and Wyatt Smith to round out the sweep.  Ryan Orr and Vincent Bazurto completed the scoring for King, who finished close to 40 meters ahead of an always deep and well-coach La Sierra squad.

Both varsity squads were asked to be a bit more conservative to this weekend's racing, all with an eye on the harder challenges approaching in the near future. Given the competitive nature of this group, that proved a challenge. Despite a fair dollop of "holding back", the girls finished in a pack and closely behind Temecula Valley for second place.  The boys, with a bit more bravado on the line ran conservatively in the first half, then raced it in, narrowly missing a team victory over La Sierra.

Under a bit warmer and drier skies, the meet concluded with the JV competition. The Lady Wolves were dominant, with more than a sweep offered up ... they place the first 12 finishers across the line. Brittney Saucedo ran well, breaking 21 minutes on the 5K course and earning her first-ever race victory.  She was followed in by sister Savannah, Miranda Salas, Shelby Mikkelson and Jennifer Gutierrez. The boys race concluded the day with equal success, as Jacob Enriquez won the race by a large margin, followed by Matt Cleland and Garret Koontz taking a sweep over the Eagles of La Sierra.

All runners were challenge to keep their hunger for more success this season, by focusing on the big picture and honing in on their goals as we get into the last month of the season. At a small meet in Riverside, the competitive spirit was alive and well. What remains are much bigger stages and venues where the same will be expected.

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Friday, September 27
Last year at Promenade Park for our 2nd league race, the Boys Varsity team had an exciting hard fought race that led to a slim 5-point victory just as it started to rain and thunder. The Girls Varsity team, on its way to an obvious blowout victory, was halted in the middle of the race when lightning started to come too close for comfort and the race was wisely called. This year, with only one starter from each of those teams returning to Promenade Park, the results were still almost identical, except the weather cooperated and the girls finished their dominant victory. From one year to the next, the weather had changed; the results of the racing stayed the same.

The Girls Varsity started the winning ways with Ruthie Wiggins improving her previous time on the course by an amazing 2:39 over her effort last year and cruising to an impressive victory at 17:52. She was joined by Brianna Jacklin, Alyssa Haring (1:32 faster than last year), the two “rookie” seniors, Lauren Boydd and Bree Guzman, and freshman Rebekah Pendleton. Aimee Martinez, the sole returning varsity girl from last year’s race, had a good first race back from being off from an injured ankle and solidified the victory by finishing 6th for King and ahead of 2nd place Corona’s third girl for a 33 point victory.

The Boys Varsity knew they had a much tougher challenge with two tough teams from Corona and Roosevelt, altogether the three dominant teams in the Big VIII. At the first mile, it looked as if Corona, with three strong runners in the top four, and Roosevelt with the eventual race winner Brandon Randall and strong junior Jeremy Beck also ahead of King’s first, meant that King was hoping for a second place finish at best. But races are not won in the first mile or the second, and Corona’s top runner faltered in the third, allowing for five King runners - Rolando Phalen, Dalton Seckinger, Daniel Gonzalez, Mark Werley, and Carlos Ramirez - to pass him before the line in a come-from-behind 3-point victory with King scoring 38, Corona 41, and Roosevelt at 49, The next two league races will be very exciting. As one of the boys said, “There’s a lot of work to do,” and the boys know that they cannot rest on this lone victory if they hope to win the league title.

In the Girls JV race King dominated from the start and took across the line 8 out of the first 10 girls.  Only one runner from Santiago prevented a clean sweep of the top five spots. Emily Sanchez ran her best race of the year in the victory with Rachel Rosales and Amanda Haring not far behind. Freshman Kathryn Hammer continued to demonstrate that she will be a factor in the years to come by finishing 4th in the race and 11th for King overall in her first year of running. Others to have a great race included Hannah Boutwell who improved her PR by 1:43 and bouncing back from a tough race in San Diego. Tayelee Holtrop raced well, as did Iveth Gutierrez.

As the sun set on the meet, the JV boys finished off the day with a dominant victory by Tyler Janes who ran 15:56 (exactly 1:00 faster than last year!) while leading with a comfortable margin the entire race. His great run demonstrates King’s great depth as his mark would have placed him as King’s 5th runner in the varsity race! However, Corona’s depth is just as good as King’s -- if not better -- and the Panthers placed five of the next seven runners to win the race by nine points. King had six more runners in the top 12. Blake Simpson, Brandon Gutzmann, Jacob Enriquez, David Huff, Matthew Cleland, and Garret Koontz all had great races in keeping the race close with many of them running huge PR’s. Personal records were also shattered by Austin Hoffman, Ryan Orr, Tyler Woods, and Wyatt Smith, who ran 16:46 to break 17 minutes for the first time, just to name a few. Corona and King both showed that their programs are deep and will likely continue to field competitive teams in the years to come, as shown by the fact that King’s winning varsity boys team is comprised of six runners from last year’s JV teams.

Which just goes to prove that the more things change, the more things stay the same.

Results   Same course, 2012 results! --  Boys JV Girls JV Boys Varsity  (2012)

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Friday, September 27

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Saturday, September 21
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Sophomore Mark Werley dropped the hammer with about 1.5 miles to go in the 2.9 mile course, making a bold move from the top 15 to third.  He ran 16:09, King's #4 all time on the course, and by the day's end, his race would lead the charge for the King boys at the 33 Annual Mt. Carmel invitational.  While the young guns of King seemed to get the lion-share of attention, there was plenty of applause to spread across the entire team.  It was a great day for King Cross Country.

Werley's  was the second of four grade-level races, so we had no way of knowing that his sterling 16:09 mark would lead the way for the boys.  But it did and it may well have inspired the group of all ages to push a little harder and bring their best to the line.  It was an inspiring day after a tough week of training and should be a sign of more good to come.

The boys sophomore team was firing on all cylandars and gapped their nearest rival team by over 30 points to take a victory on the famed course for the second year in a row. It was Mike Robinson who got it rolling with a very agressive first mile.  Daniel Gonzalez responded perfectly to some coaching guidance and was in the thick of it right from the start.  Tyler Janes ran another good race, nicely following up his performance last week in San Francisco.  Blake Simpson ran well again and closed the  door on the scoring.  Wyatt Smith, improving dramatically by the week, was in 6th.

The Junior boys finished in the runner-up spot with a solid team attack.  Through most of the winding course, the top four were within 20 meters of each other.  Carlos Ramirez timed his big move over the last half of the race, climbing from King's #5 to #1 by the line and with a top 10 King all time mark at 16:17.  Dalton Seckinger, Rolando Phalen and the much improved Kyle Johnson ran very close together, while Matt Cleland -- another much improved harrier for the Wolves -- was the 5th man.

Sophomores Ruth Wiggins and Alyssa Haring were burning the grass of Balboa Park with two truly remarkable races over the girls' course of 2.7 miles.  They ran side-by-side for the first half before Ruth pulled away to a third-place overall finish.  Her time of 16:14 is King's 4th fastest all time, while Alyssa, who didn't fall too far back, ran 16:33 which stands as King's 7th best all time. 

Freshman Rebekah Pendleton ran another fine race and finished in the top ten of the 9th grade race, behind the winner who was one of the fastest overall on the day!  Kathryn Hammar andTayelee Holtrop continued to improve and ran their best races of the season.  Mario Machuco led the boys 9th grade team, followed by Evan Tinker who shows the signs that he's ready for a big breatkthrough in the coming weeks!

The Senior Girls were the other winning group on the day, a result that unfortunately we didn't discover until long after the meet had ended and the teams had headed home. Let by Brianna Jacklin who made great moves up the field in the last half, her 16:42 is King's #8 all time. Bree Guzman who is making these California courses look like she's been here before, put together a wonderful race (again) and helped pull along Lauren Boydd who is certainly NOT looking like a cross country rookies. Rachel Rosales and Amanda Haring both improved off their previous Morley Field times bringing low points across the line while Iveth Gutirrez finished the scoring.  Showing grit, Shana Tenne and Miranda Salas both ran well despite crashing in the first 800 meters and running bloodied to the finish.  Shelby Mikkelson took the ACT test in Riverside in the morning, then booked it down the 15 freeway to make her race count, which is what her 19:23 shouts!

Hannah Johnson was the top King finisher in the girls Junior race, followed closely by Emily Sanchez

Parker Gutzmann battled off the floor and the flu to get in the senior race and employed a perfectly executed strategy of conservative start and hard finish. He was the first senior for King across the line and led Jacob Enriquez (who improved 45 seconds from 2012) and Brandon Gutzmann. Garret Koontz and Daniel Clark ran tough and posted great races.

"A spread offense" is a term usually reserved for football, but when you look at the way the King harriers raced across 8 different races, winning two of them and coming close in a couple of others, it's a term that may well apply here today.  While a couple of sophomores notched the leading times for the Wolves, which bodes well for the future, there's enough firepower here and now at any age that could make the rest of the 2013 season something to enjoy.

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Monday, September 16
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“Where are you guys from?!”

You had to forgive all the inquisitiveness of the very friendly spectators at the 41st Annual Lowell Invitational in Golden Gate Park on a wonderfully chilly day in San Francisco.  King? Who were we and why were we dominating race after race, punctuated at one point with King's JV boys race placing 7 out of the first 9 finishers?


It was hard not to notice King High School.



San Francisco! Our first trip to the city by the Bay in six years was a wonderful respite from the heat and humidity of Riverside.  Dressed up for the trip up, we looked good as we stepped off the bus at our hotel on crisp Friday afternoon.  We had just crossed the brand new Bay Bridge and had views of Alcatraz, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the city on the hill that is San Francisco, and the team soon set off for an afternoon workout past the cable cars and Fisherman’s Wharf on a trail towards the Golden Gate; could it get any better? The next day at the Lowell Invitational it did.



Arriving at Golden Gate Park on Saturday morning, it was 57 degrees.  Sixty plus teams filled the large meadow near the finish line.  Our first two races, freshman boys and frosh/soph girls, only had 4 runners each, one short of being in contention as a team.  Running the shorter 2.13 mile course, Mario Machuca led the frosh boys with a great race, while Kathryn Hammar led the girls frosh/soph; followed closely by Hannah Boutwell.  With the boys sophomore race, we started a run of three straight team victories with Michael Robinson winning the race and joined by strong performances by Andrew Boebinger, Wyatt Smith, Brenton Havsgaard, and EJ Soholt making up the scoring five that beat northern California powerhouse Bellarmine by just 8 points.  A few people in the crowd started wondering where we were from, and the next race made them say it out loud.



The JV boys ran the first of the longer 2.93 mile races with one of the most dominant performances by a King team ever at a large invitational. From the beginning, seven King runners pushed out to the lead that they would hold the entire race with seven of the top nine finishers from King and earning a perfect score of 15, rarely ever done at an invitational.  Dalton Seckinger and Tyler Janes raced each other to finish first and second, with Blake Simpson, Parker Gutzmann, Matthew Cleland and David Huff following close behind to make sure no one in the crowd could ignore King High School.  Garrett Koontz, Jacob Pendleton, Isaiah Quimbao also finished 9th, 15th and 24th just to accentuate the point.  “We're from Riverside,” we answered to quite a few inquisitive parents. The JV girls continued our winning ways a tight four point victory over St Francis with Hannah Johnson winning the race, Amanda Haring finishing 3rd, and Savannah Saucedo, Miranda Salas, and a gutsy Shelby Mikkelson (who turned her ankle with about a half-mile to go and still found a way to finish strong) making up the top five. Hannah Huscher finished right behind Shelby for a breakout performance and probably her best race as a King athlete to put 6 runners in the top 17.  Shanna Tenne also had a great race to round out the top 7 for King and a third straight victory. Lindsey Berney and Morgan Sherman also had solid races, finishing in the top half of the very large field.



The varsity girls followed the success of the sophomore boys and JV teams with a great race against Gunn High School.  Ruthie Wiggins led the way at 18:17 for the top time among the girls, with Alyssa Haring, Brianna Jacklin, frosh Rebekah Pendleton, Lauren Boydd, and Bree Guzman all having excellent races. With all six girls finishing in the top 23, it was still a surprise when they announced we had pulled off a tight 4 point victory over Gunn whose top-3 were in the top 12 including the race winner.  But the coaches noticed that there was a major error in the scoring and did the honorable thing and reported it.  There is no victory without honor, and a second place finish with every athlete receiving a medal was no letdown. 


The varsity boys, led by a very aggressive performance by Rolondo Phalen finishing at 15:09 for the top time for the boys, placed third against two top-10 state ranked D-1 teams from Bellarmine (7th in the state) and Carlmont (10th).  Mark Werley, Carlos Ramirez, Kyle Johnson, and Daniel Gonzalez all finished under 16 minutes for one of our best performances ever by a King team. The boys may have been a bit frustrated in their 3rd place finish, which earned them all medals, but that is only due to their hunger and desire to work harder in their quest to go farther than any boys team has in King history .  They’ve worked very hard and are positioning themselves to give King an opportunity to be a factor in the Southern Section as the season unfolds. 


By the time we packed up and boarded the bus back to the hotel for a fun night in Fisherman’s Wharf, very few people in the crowd didn’t know King High School was from Riverside, and that we were a very good team.


When we walked into the local Starbucks near our hotel on Sunday morning just before returning home, even the barista knew we were from Riverside, had come to race, and asked how we had done at the meet. “We did well” I said, very well.


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Wednesday, September 11

Woodcrest Christian's Two Mile Madness meet attracts mainly small and private schools to their flat, grass 2 mile layout at the Ab Brown Soccer Complex.  Given that, King opted to keep the veterans home for a workout and took just the rookies to the sport.  The objective was to gain racing experience ... the mission was accomplished.

9th grader Rebekah Pendleton got a good lesson on leading and shadowing.  She and Woodcrest Christian's top harrier Brittney Thompson, separated themselves right away from the field and locked in together for the first of two loops. Thompson's experience had her shadowing Rebekah before taking off over the last 800 to record the win.  Still, Rebekah's race was a very good one and it gave her experience leading a race.  She led the way for two 9th graders who show great promise for King in the next couple of months, Tayelee Holtrop and Dystanie Rush, both of whom ran well.  Perhaps the nicest surprise of the afternoon was Katherine Hammar who ran a "come from behind" tactic and caught several opponents to close well.

Abel Martinez rebounded from a rough race on Saturday and was the second 9th grade boy for King, following Mario Machuca who is really starting to figure out the sport... a fine race by Mario for seventh place.  Evan Tinker,  Austin Dai and Justin Graham formed a nice pack in the top 15 places.

Travis Gregory was a solid performer in the Sophomore race, as was Alyssa Giddings and Jessica Ferguson for the girls.  Nathan Mejia and Daniel Clark were "lone wolves" in the junior and senior races, and both notched top 12 places. 

It was a good day.  A bit of a break in the heat was nice, but even nicer, the greenest kids on the King team, got a bit savier when it comes to racing.

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Sunday, September 8

It was hot. We’ll get that out of the way right up front. Hot all week and hot on Saturday for the kick off to the 2013 season.

Cerritos, CA is considerably closer to the Pacific Ocean than Riverside is, but it had IE type temps right from the start and some significant humidity thrown in for no extra charge. With a seasonal theme of “We Shall Overcome”, the first meet raised the first obstacle in the form of heat.

The varsity girls earned the championship by winning their race by one point! All seven of them raced with great tenacity and purpose, moving up well over the second half. Ruth Wiggins led the way with the number-4 sophomore time in school history at 18:35 while finishing 10th overall. Freshman Rebekah Pendleton sparkled in her first high school race and put down the fourth-fastest freshman time in school history at 19:26. Breanna Jacklin raced well in the second-spot for the ladies as did newcomers Bree Guzman and Lauren Boydd. Bree got baptized in California cross country after two years of racing in Wyoming and handled it with great poise. Lauren who is also a senior but in her rookie season of cross raced like a veteran. Team time of 95:41 was good for 7th on King’s All Time list.

The sophomore boys team also won their race, gapping Redondo Union by 33 points. They were led by Blake Simpson’s strong effort before finishing in eighth. David Huff, AJ Boebinger, Wyatt Smith and EJ Soholt were the scoring five, with all five running significantly faster times on the course than in 2012, despite the much warmer temps. Brenton Havsgaard showed great improvement as did Austin Hoffman. King’s 9th graders were led by Mario Machuca who has been training really well of late and it showed with his 18:40 mark. Colin Berney had a very nice second half of the race after a slow start to finish at 19:00 falt. Evan Tinker, Abel Martinez, and Austin Dai rounded out the top five and the team finished in 8th place. King’s sophomore ladies finished in 5th, led by Sarah Rink and Hannah Boutwell.

King’s 9th grade girls, while not plentiful in number, got their season’s and career’s off on a good start. Tayelee Holtrop looked great despite not having a summer of training as did Destynee Rush. Kathryn Hammer ran really tough, battling through the heat. 

The JV boys were led by Carlos Ramirez’s commanding win (King’s 5th fastest time on the day) and a great pack of Brandon Gutzmann, Matt Cleland, Jacob Pendleton and Garret Koontz. The group finished in second place and without doubt had to suffer through the highest temperatures along with their JV girl compatriots.

The Varsity boys found themselves playing a game of catchup after the first mile. Given the very loaded field which included seven highly ranked Southern Section and State teams, the group raced together with senior Jacob Enriquez gamely taking the leading chores past two miles before dropping back to the number-six spot. Mark Werley and Daniel Gonzalez both notched all-time sophomore times with Mark in the second spot and Daniel with the third-fastest sophomore time ever run at King. But the spotlight shined on hard-working Kyle Johnson the brightest as he was able to squirrel away from the tight pack with 400 to go and started the scoring for the team. He and Rolando Phalen who was one second behind, ran the 6th and 7th fastest junior times in school history. With Ramirez’s mark, the boys dropped five guys under 16:00. Their team time was 79:44, the seventh-fastest team time in school history.

Emily Sanchez led the charge for the JV girls. As the last race of the day and with the mercury close to 100 degrees, her second place finish and course PR was truly remarkable. Iveth Gutierrez and Hannah Johnson were close behind her. Britney Saucedo had a fine run for fourth followed by her sister Savannah.

So it was a cool way to start the season, even if the weather made it uncomfortably hot. Overcoming is part of successful living, and the Cow Run of 2013 gave plenty of opportunities for just that.

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Sunday, August 5

Friday, August 29

Spreadsheet of all season's times

Invitationals   La Sierra Friendly  Cow Run   Fastback   Mt.Carmel     Lancer Classic   Central Park  Clovis   Mt.SAC

Big 8 Meets  League #1    League #2   League Finals

CIF Championships:  
Prelims    Boys Results       Girls Results 
Finals    Boys:  Team   Individual
State  Individual and Team results

Sunday, December 7

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Sunday, November 30
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The 2014 boys team was challenged back in June of this year with the idea that State was in their future if they came together, trained hard, and made it their goal -- not just the coaches' goal for them.

After some nail-biting performances and results in the two rounds of the Southern Section over the previous two week, all of that was realized on Saturday as the 2014 squad became King's first ever boys team to make the State Final.  It came on the heals of a season of successes (and a few learning-moment low spots) in which they could officially back up their season-long State ranking with a spot on the starting line at Woodward Park in November.

That line included 22 other teams from across California with all 10 sections in the CIF represented.   The team had been ranked 8th in the state for most of the season but had been dropped from the top 10 in the final rankings after it appeared the team was fading -- or others were rising -- after last week's Section Finals.  So, it was with a sense of redemption that the team took to the race along with a desire to punctuate the season with a quality last outing.

Given the dynamics of this group -- absent an ace and heavily dependent on a pack  -- it was no surprise to see not one King harrier in the top 30 places after 2 miles. Carlos Ramirez and Tyler Janes ran in tandem through the 3200 meter mark and would finish in 45th and 49th respectively, scoring King's first points. Rolando Phalen was just a few places behind, and finishing within 32 seconds of Ramirez came Seth Villanueva and Mark Werley to conclude the "pack" that has been the team's trademark all season.  Daniel Gonzalez and David huff were 6th and 7th for the team.   Collectively, the group scored 237 points.

With 190-plus runners in the race, a couple-dozen non-scoring individuals, and a King team that lacks a low point front-man, it wasn't  easy to even guess what the final results would be. To many, it appeared as if a top 10 finish wasn't in the cards. Even looking at King's individual times --  almost all of which were off their course bests -- there was a collective sense of something a bit short of, "what just happened?" but also short of team-wide elation. So when the results came up that the team had finished 8th, with some distance between themselves and the land outside of top 10, a jubilant sigh of relief was felt across the King crowd as folks and runners alike realized perception hadn't trumped reality.

The first King team to compete at the state championships could easily have fallen prey to the tempting thought that simply getting to the meet was the goal, not actually racing well in it. So to finish 8th in the State, some 5 months after the goal was first verbalized, was quite an accomplishment. Out of one of the toughest divisions and sections, this team emerged to establish themselves as not just King's first ever State team, but legitimately one of the best in all of California. In a season in which the team emphasized "An Honorable Run" as its theme, the run these boys ended today certainly met and exceeded that standard.



Monday, December 1

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Saturday, November 22

Back in 2011 and then again in 2012, we knew the two successive classes of freshmen had enough talent and enough bodies to eventually do something special.  It was just a matter of time ... and patience ... and maturity ... and training.  All of those parts seemed to come together for the now Seniors and Juniors who bounced back after getting bounced from the CIF rounds last year in prelims to not only race in the D1 Finals, but punch their tickets to the State Championships in the process.  It was a long time in coming, but it has finally arrived.  The boys of King High are State bound!

They knew it wasn't going to be easy despite their 5th ranked status in the Souther Section Division 1 and the 8-spot in the State rankings.  The Southern Section is a buzzsaw and you've got to be "on" to pass through its grinding teeth.  

Per its annual tradition, the race went out fast, but the King Seven found their position mid-pack, knowing they didn't have a single-digit scorer in the bunch.  Tyler Janes led the team to the top of the Switchback hill sitting in 24th place.  A small gap formed, but the pack of four - Rolando Phalen, Carlos Ramirez, Mark Werley and Seth Villanueva -- were holding together just a few seconds back.  It was "packing" that has gotten this team to this place, and the strategy was to not abandon what has worked.    Janes held his position through the race and ultimately finished in 20th (team scoring) but with a half-mile to go the final four scorers had over 50 points sitting out there in front of them and with D1 being what it is -- exceptionally talented and full of quality teams -- it appeared that if they didn't get around to some urgen passing, the season would be done in about 800 meters.

But the passing started and it would ultimately make the difference.  Phalen, Werley and Villanueva ended up just six seconds apart, but a terrific kick by Daniel Gonzalez moved him into that group with 400 to go and in so doing King placed all five scorers across the line 29 seconds apart with the final four separated by those slim six seconds!   While the 1-5 gap of :29 seconds was predictable, no one had their "best" race or even a PR, so it left everyone in a vague unknown after the race as the scoring table verified the results for what seemed to be at least 10 minutes.  

And then the announcement was made.  6th!  On to State!  The group was elated as were the many alums who came to watch and a throng of parents all of whom were in glad smiles and whoops of good cheer.  It was quite a moment, earned through many miles of labor and several years of growing together, honing their skills and making the most of their opportunities.

The score which everyone had been waiting anxiously for was actually quite telling.  With only 7 spots available to qualify for State, it ended up being a bit of a traffic jam from 6th to 9th.  King finished with 209 points.  The defending D1 champs Warren of Downey, were next in 215, and then both Crescenta Valley and Arcadia were on the outside of qualifying by one point as both finished with 216!  When it was all counted, only seven points separated the King team from moving on or going home.  Those bolds moves the 2-5 spots made coming off Reservoir were the difference makers.  In fact, as predicted, King's 6th and 7th runners played a role as well, as Carlos Ramirez and Andrew Boebinger were in front of Warren's 5th man, helping to pad the cushion just a bit more and help secure the berth.

History was made on this day.  For the first time since the program began in 1999, King will send a full squad of boys to the State meet in Fresno.  In King's history, one male runner has toed the line at State, Lane Werley in 2009 and 2010.  Only one Girls team has made it, the 2009 squad.  

It was a big day for the King.  Fitting, it would take a pack of Wolves to make it happen.  

Results:  Team   Individual

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Sunday, November 16
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The CIF Championship rounds are never predictable except in the sense that they are predicatably challenging.  The hills of the Mt.SAC course coupled with an assembly of talented teams and "bubble teams" looking to have their biggest race and snag a spot into Finals create an atmosphere that takes a will and a resolve to navigate successfully.

King had a mixed day of results, as the girls missed qualifying for Finals by one team place, but the boys advanced to the CIF Finals for the sixth time in our 16 year history!

It wasn't without drama, however, as the Southern Section D1 5th ranked boys survived the challenge with a race that was for them, less than their best performance.  They finished second behind the nation's top ranked team, Great Oak, but the appearance mid-race was that they would finish lower than that.  By two miles, King had not one runner in the top 20 and several of the harriers looked off their mark.  Seth Villanueva, who has been steadily racing in the 6th spot for most of the last month actually emerged as the team leader by two miles and skirted home in 13th place overall and notched one of King's top 15 times in our history at Mt.SAC.  His stellar efforts over the last mile to gain ground rallied Roland Phalen and Carlos Ramirez to finish well after the two ran side-by-side throughout the race.  Daniel Gonzalez finished fourth for the Wolves and Mark Werley concluded the scoring set. Tyler Janes and Isaiah Quiambao were 6th and 7th respectively.    The Pack was saved by their pack.  It wasn't pretty, but prelim heats are not designed to be anything more than a qualifying race, and the guys managed to do just that.  As Carlos Ramirez aptly stated after the dust had settled, "better to have our bad race today than next week."  Indeed.

The girls did not have a bad race at all, despite missing qualifying by 18 points.  Seeded sixth going into the race, the group knew they needed a very good day to take the fifth and final spot for Finals.  They certainly left it on the course, with each one racing tenaciously and with purpose.  Their team time was almost 6 minutes faster than they ran last month at the Mt.SAC Invitational.  Emily Sanchez was the team's top finisher in 13th place and a sub-19:00 mark.  She was followed by Alyssa Haring who also went under 19:00.  A gap of almost a minute formed between Alyssa and the remaining scorers, as Rebekah Pendleton, Kathryn Hammar and Joelle Ramos all camp across within 10 seconds of each other having run very solid races.  Jessica Ferguson and Skye Smith were in the 6-7 spots but ran really nice PR's on the course in doing so.  

The girls' team this year was young and inexperienced at the varsity level, so to see the poise and purpose that they exhibited in their biggest challenge of the season was gratifying.  With all of them but Emily returning next year, this is a group that can see even more improvement in the year to come. Improvement and opportunity will be the operative words for the boys next week as they toe the line with 15 other schools, 7 of which will punch their tickets to the State meet.  

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Wednesday, November 5

The boys' varsity race was as intense as a league race can be, but when the dust at Prado Park had settled, the difference between a Big 8 league title  and second place came down to one point.  One skinny point.  Roosevelt, which had eaked out a one point victory in the second meet of the year three weeks ago, duplicated their output and took home the title.

It wasn't by virtue of a poor race by King's varsity boys.  On the contrary, the Wolves ran superbly and placed six runners in front of the Mustang's fourth, but in a race in which the top 11 finishers were wearing one of those two uniforms, the six-team race looked more like a dual meet and King couldn't quite counter the 1-2-4 finishing order of Roosevelt's top three.  Rolando Phalen led the way for King, finishing third, and then came the pack of Tyler Janes, Carlos Ramirez, Daniel Gonzalez, Mark Werley and Seth Villanueva, all of whom were within 15 seconds of each other.  It was an exciting race despite the narrow miss at the win.

The girls varsity was the exact opposite, other than King's ladies finished second like the boys did.  There was a 40 point margin there behind Roosevelt who dominated the event.  Emily Sanchez moved up nicely through the race to finish second; she towed along Alyssa Haring who was 4th.  Kathryn Hammar and Rebekah Pendleton were the next two scorers, followed by freshman Joelle Ramos who finished her first-ever Big 8 cross country season well.  Debuting in her first varsity race this season was fellow freshman, Skye Smith.   

King's JV boys team is one of the best "B-squads" in the State and they proved that again with a big margin of victory; the only King win on the day.  They were led by Isaiah Quaimbao who won the race and then was followed by AJ Boebinger, Blake Simpson, Kyle Johnson and Matt Cleland.  Johnson and Cleland closed out their high school careers in fine fashion.  Wyatt Smith, Dalton Seckinger, Mario Machuca, and Ryan Orr all medaled in positions within the top 21.

Julie Steklof had a beautiful race -- her best yet -- in the JV girls race to finish fourth overall and first of the Ladies from King.  Right behind her was the equally improved Andrea Canseco. Hannah Johnson came across the line next with a great finish to her four years of running at King.  Tayelee Holtrop, Alex Huff and Allison Janes all medaled as well.

So it was a day of playing runner up to Roosevelt, save the great racing by King's JV boys.

Results    Photos     Prado Park 2014 comparisons


Monday, October 27

Despite a bus that showed up 30 minutes late and had most of the team scrambling in the pre-dawn hour to find a car to get to MtSAC in, "scrambling" wouldn't have described the way the Wolves raced throughout the morning hours.  Things got off very well as the JV boys, racing in the mythical "JV National Championship" put themselves right into the thick of things and pulled off an upset win over Great Oak, who had won that race the last three seasons.

The scoring five of Mike Robinson, David Huff, AJ Boebinger, Kyle Johnson and Blake Simpson all placed low and collectively their team time of 80:56 is now the 7th fastest time in school history.  We knew we had depth, this result proves it.   Wyatt Smith and Dalton Seckinger rounded out the seven who won by over 30 points.

Tyler Janes led the varsity group in the "Sweepstakes" race, a division 1-2 combo race that collects many of the top ranked teams at the meet.  Aiming to race with poise and purpose, the group did just that behind Janes' 22nd place finish and 2nd fastest time in school history at 15:27.  A fine pack of Mark Werley, Rolando Phalen and Carlos Ramirez formed with Daniel Gonzalez, Seth Villanueva and Isaiah Quiambao filling out the 5-7 spots.  The team time of 79:00 set a school record by one second and their 7th place finish (3rd of the division 1 teams) was a solid showing with a month to go till CIF Finals

The girls varsity team was splintered a bit as the "young-uns" ran at grade level.  That didn't keep the five juniors and seniors from racing hard and led by Emily Sanchez's 4th place finish (and the 14th fastest time in our history) the squad of Alyssa Haring, Hannah Johnson, Andrea Canseco and Jessica Ferguson finished 3rd in their race.  The sophomore girls saw terrific performances by Kathryn Hammar and Rebekah Pendleton in the top 10 and they led the team to a 2nd place finish. Tayelee Holtrop, Julie Steklof and Dystanie Rush did the scoring to bring the girls across in second place with 75 points.  The sophomore boys did not place well as the scorers were well back.  Mario Machuca led the group in 36th place with a time of 17:50.

The freshmen girls didn't have a scoring team but Joelle Ramos and Skye Smith both ran 21:15 and medaled in the top 15! The freshmen boys were scattered across the field, perhaps a result of the rising temps or the "chaos" of Mt.SAC's crowds  Steven Parker had a good race to lead the crew, and Connor Sharp had a nice, individual effort.

So it was a good day.  Mt.SAC, with its overlapping races, large crowds and controled chaos, can be overwhelming, even if one's bus does arrive on time.  To come away with solid performances and a little hardware is always a win.  

Results   King Results (with Improvements from '13 noted)    All Time List  

Friday, October 17
That the Big 8 is a competitive league goes without saying. Each and every contest provides excellent running and opponents that make all participants come ready to do battle or go home with diappointment.  Thursday's second cluster meet of 2014 was true to form and while King battled well, there was still a tinge of disppointment when it was all over.
The JV boys were the only victory for the Wolves.  They were led by Isaiah Quiambao this time, who turned in his best performance of the year!  He won the race by virtue of good pacing and a necessary kick to outrun his nearest opponent.  Isaiah's hard work and commitment has born fruit, last year at this time he was 37th in the JV race!  The strong pack of Wolves supported that single point, with scoring efforts turned in from Blake Simpson and Kyle Johnson who both finished in the top 5. Dalton Seckinger and Wyatt Smith finished out the scoring, giving King a 27-42 advantage over Roosevelt.  The JV girls unfortunately went off course enmasse and never turned around leading to a non-scoring effort.
King's varsity girls were outdone in the first Big 8 meet by 26 points by a very improved and talented group from Roosevelt.  The goal was set then to "cut the gap" and improved.  Did they ever in this second race!  Led by Emily Sanchez and Alyssa Haring who both were at the front of the chase pack behind the eventual winner who ran the race solo, the two brought along a fast improving Kathryn Hammar who had an outstanding race!  Finishing 7th overall, she dropped 10 places from where she finished the first race!  Also stepping up big with improvement from the first outing was freshman Joelle Ramos who scored for the Wolves in 17th place, down from the 24th position she was at earlier in the season.  While Roosevelt is still the strongest group in the league, the 20 point gap between them and King shows a wonderful improvement by our team!
In round one of the league, only 8 points separated Corona, King and Roosevelt.  With Corona's top two harriers out of this race, the battle came down to King and Roosevelt. Sure enough, both squads sandwhiched all of their scorers into the top 13 spots of the race early on, with King taking the advantage by the mid-way mark.  But Roosevelt battled hard and with 800 to go, the Mustangs were clearly in control.  The King boys, hearing the news roared back and several made passionate kicks to snatch back a spot.  While ultimately King had six in front of Roosevelt's 5th, the Mustang's 1-2 finish helped to seal the deal and they took the victory, 28-29.  
So it was another great battle, which is what we've come to expect from the Big 8.  Without question, the League Final will prove to be the final chapter in the story.  For this year.  Next year, it will resume again. 
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Monday, October 13

The Clovis invitational has become one of the premiere invitationals in the State and beckons those who want to be competitively challenged on a great course. Wanting to be counted in that group, King made its tenth trip north to Fresno hoping that the Big Stage would deliver results. It did.

From the very beginning the boys varsity squad has been a team that, on paper, has had the credentials to be the fastest team in school history. Heretofore in 2014 by virtue of the schedule and a nod toward racing well in November, the opportunity to really roll hasn't presented itself. That moment came in Clovis and the group rose to the occasion. They were entered in the marquee race that was loaded with ranked teams from four states, including a powerhouse program from Texas.  Tyler Janes led the group with a hard, aggressive effort, crossing the two-mile mark in 12th place before settling for 22nd.  Still it was a breakthrough for the talented junior who would run 15:37, the 2nd fastest time in school hisotry.  A solid pack followed and brought the team across the line in 5th place out of some 26 schools. That pack of Carlos Ramirez, Mark Werley, Seth Villanueva and Rolando Phalen crossed the line from 16:00 to 16:11, all are in the top 9 all-time King marks on the course.. The team time for the group, (79:59) shattered the 5k school record by 63 seconds! No longer just on paper, this group is now the fastest squad King's ever fielded.

The girls team is of a different makeup this year than the boys, with a preponderance of rookies, or first-year varsity runners making up the top seven.  Their challenge has been to embrace higher levels of expectation and competition, and so the setting of Clovis couldn't have been better for the young squad.  The only senior, Emily Sanchez who is in her first full season of varsity running, ran in spectacular fashion, charging boldly into the race and notching the ninth fastest King time in our history.  A nice pack of Alyssa Haring, Rebekah Pendleton and Kathryn Hammar held form to keep King in the mix and Tayelee Holtrop rounded out the scoring five. Together, they finished 5th in the large schools varsity race.  The only crack in the King armor was a 1:15:00 gap from the 4th to the 5th scorer.

Showing the depth of the King boys, the JV squad actually toed the line in a varsity race and performed well, finishing 8th overall against many other schools' top-seven!  Mike Robinson ran very well to lead the group and was followed by David Huff who had his best race this season.  Blake Simpson, Isaiah Quiambao and Kyle Johnson all rounded out the scoring.  The JV girls also ran well and were led by Sky Smith who raced with great determination and poise.

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Saturday, October 4
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Soph Girls show off their winning smiles

King returned to the Central Park invite in Huntington Beach after a year away. The popular meet proved to be a good experience for the teams as the athletes competed well and for the many of this year's squads who are very young in the sport, the experience gained was invaluable.

Joelle Ramos led a foursome of freshmen and ran an aggressive race tactic that was encouraging to see. Skye Smith was solid as well, finishing at 21:30 for the three mile course. The sophomore girls were the sole race winners of the day. Kathy Hammar who is having a nice breakout season led the way with a top five finish. Rebekah Pendleton, Tayelee Holtrop Dystanie Rush and Julie Steklof all had really good races to win by over 20 points.

Emily Sanchez led the varsity girls race for King with a low 19:00s effort. She was closely followed by Alyssa Haring.

Andrew Simpson and Chris Barba did what they did last week in the Lancer meet, running in tandem almost to the finish where only one second separated them. Christian Duenas had another strong outing and is improving by the week. Ryan Orr was the top finisher for King in the JV race and his time of 17:01 would prove to be the 4th fastest time for the Wolves on the day. Brenton Havsgaard was right behind him at 17:13.

The varsity race saw King field it's "second team" as many of the teams top harriers were training. It's worth noting since this group finished fourth overall against many other teams varsity squads. It speaks to the depth of King. Daniel Gonzalez led the way for King, Kyle Johnson and Isaiah Quiambao were next in with Wyatt Smith and Matt Cleland wrapping up the scoring. So it was a good morning of racing.

Each week proves another opportunity to honor the talent and effort each team member puts in, and on a mild morning in the OC the King kids took advantage of their opportunity.

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Saturday, September 27
cleland lancer 2014

The fourth annual Lancer Classic was held at the Martha Maclean Anza Park and the 5K course gave spectators a great view of the action, the athletes a unique course to traverse and King an opportunity to collect some hardware.

Sandwiched in the season schedule between the very large Mt. Carmel and Central Park Invitationals, this small meet actually brought out of the athletes some strong performances.

The frosh-soph girls could not score as there were only four on the line, but those four - Skye Smith, Alex Huff, Dystanie Rush and Julie Steklof all finished in the top six, with Skye the runner up!  The FS boys won handily, with a race win by Andrew Simpson, followed closely by Evan Tinker and Chris Barba.  All three guys put down their best race of the season!  

Alyssa Haring had the fastest time of the day among all girls in all races to lead the varsity girls to a very strong win over Temecula Valley.  Emily Sanchez, Rebekah Pendelton, Kathy Hammar and Joelle Ramos all scored for the Lady Wolves.

The Varsity boys were led by AJ Boebinger and David Huff who exchanged positions several times in the race before AJ used his 800 speed to scamper across the line in third.  It was a big team effort though as Blake Simpson, Dalton Seckinger and Matt Cleland all finished in the top 9.  

Saving the best for last, the JV boys swept their competition, finishing in the top five spots of the field, as Brenton Havsgaard captured his first-ever race win.  He was followed by Bailey Brown, Isaiah Curtner, Daniel Mungia and Tyler Woods to score the perfecto 15 points.  Austin Hoffman was right on their heels with a very fine race of his own. 

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Friday, September 26

The first race of the Big 8 season kicked off at Prado Park in Chino.  King came away with a three second place finishes and a victory in the JV Boys race.

Corona's boys are ranked 5th in the Southern Section, Division One, and so the 7th ranked Wolves knew they were up against a quality squad. The race was extremely competitive as Roosevelt's boys have improved over the last year and the three teams took up all of the top 20 places.  In the end, Corona bested King by five points as they were able to put two runners in front of King's first, and two more between King's 3 and 4.  While King had almost all seven in front of Corona's fifth, those small points of the Panthers helped to seal the deal and they took round one.  Mark Werley was the top finisher for King.

The girls were confronted by a very good Roosevelt squad, their best team by far in quite a few years.  King's girls would finish second by 26 points, but just three ahead of Santiago.  Emily Sanchez had another strong, aggressive effort to finish 4th overall.  Notably, freshman Joelle Ramos made her first start at the varsity level and competed very well despite her inexperience.

The JV girls also finished second, and were led by Skye Smith in 4th place.  Dystanie Rush was right behind her and Alexandra Huff ran a super second-half of the race to catch up and finish in the top 10.

Led by Daniel Gonzalez's individual win, the JV boys captured the only victory of the day for King,  winning by 11 points over Corona.  They earned the victory yesterday with a solid five finishers spread through the top 8 places.

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Sunday, September 21


Cool temperatures, a great, championship styled cross country course and outstanding competition from across the state and Arizona made this year's running of the Mt. Carmel Invitational ripe for good efforts and times. It did not disappoint.

The girls were led by Emily Sanchez who had a wonderful race in the senior girls contest, finishing 12th. Freshman Joelle Ramos ran really well for 13th in her race. Kathy Hammar and Rebekah Pendleton were side by side at the end to finish with course in the sophomore race, leading their group to a very nice second place team finish.  Tayelee Holtrop, Dystanie Rush and Julie Steklof completed the scoring. Alyssa Haring had a top ten finish in the junior girls race.

The junior boys won their race by a large margin over Loyola. It is this group's third straight Mt.Carmel victory. Mark Werley led the way with a second place finish at 15:58, the number two King time on the course in our long history of running it. With his brother Lane holding the record there, two Werleys sit atop the all time list. Mike Robinson and Tyler Janes had strong efforts while AJ Boebinger sat on Blake Simpsons shadow and the two finished with their best races of the year.

Carlos Ramirez and Rolando Phalen were the top finishers in the senior race, pacing that group to a sixth place team finish. Isaiah Quiambao continues to improve, finishing as King's seventh runner. When the final merged results were made, the boys finished 3rd of the 99 schools who were in the meet.

Mario Machuca was the top King finisher in the sophomore race and Andrew Simpson was the leading ninth grader.

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steklof canseco cow run 2014
Saturday, September 6

The Wolves returned to the Cerritos “Cow Run” and were once again treated to a fine meet with solid competition and a flat course. Almost all of the athletes who competed there in 2013 ran faster here in 2014. A number were significantly faster, led by Jessica Ferguson who was almost 3:30 ahead of a year ago! Kathryn Hammar also PR’d by 2-plus minutes. Andrea Canseco was 3:38 ahead of last year, a time that is roughly a half mile in length! Austin Dai, Austyn Wild and Isaiah Curtner were over 2 minutes faster.

The JV boys had the highest finish on the day, taking 4th overall.Wyatt Smith was a top five finisher there. The freshmen girls finished in the top 10, led by Joelle Ramos who ran a wonderful second-half of the race catching dozens. Mario Machuca showed his hard work is paying off with a leading effort in the soph race. Emily Sanchez was the top finisher for the varsity girls, with a huge, aggressive effort and PR for good measure.

The Wolves top boys headed over to the Fastback Challenge at Mt.SAC. It’s a truncated course, finishing at 1.92 miles and minus the Reservoir hill. The guys raced really well with a commanding victory on the day over all rivals, the closest of which was 90 points behind. Led by Michael Robinson’s outstanding top King finish and fourth overall on the day, the boys packed well, with the top six King harriers just 21 seconds apart and the top 7 finishing within 29 seconds.  A great showing!

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