FRESNO — The fastest runners in California, including representatives from El Dorado, Ponderosa and Oak Ridge high schools converged on Fresno for some very fast racing at the CIF State Cross Country Championships over Thanksgiving weekend.
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Featuring many of the top Individuals and top teams in the United States, the 2010 version of the State Championships did not disappoint in terms of super performances, extremely fast times, and indelible memories for the local athletes.
The experience gained by El Dorado’s team will provide valuable insight for what coach Peanut Harms hopes will be numerous future appearances.
“You can talk and prepare all you want for how fast the races are at the state meet level but you really never know until the gun goes off and everyone starts sprinting,” Harms said after his team finished 21st. “The main difference between the state meet and qualifying meets is that everyone is so fast and once you get into a certain position in the race it is very, very difficult to move up.
“The Cougars ran their best team race of the year with a first-through-five runner spread of only 33 seconds (compared with 1:22 at the section meet), but we were just too far back after the first mile to make an impact in the standings,” Harms said.
The winner of the Division III race, St. John Bosco, had a one-five gap of just 16 seconds.
“We ended the season with a solid performance. Everyone is coming back next year, our freshmen won the section title, our sophomores finished second and we have some excellent runner’s coming to El Dorado in the fall,” Harms said. “Our plan is to take both boys and girls teams to Fresno next year. Now we know exactly what to expect.”
State Meet results
Varsity boys: 21-El Dorado, 587
Individual: 119-Joe Soik, 16:56; 112-Sean Gregg, 17:08; 149-Nathan Rossi, 17:18; 158-Spencer Wright, 17:27; 162-Matt Poindexter, 17:29; 170-Ryan Gray, 17:36; 175-Tyler Cordero, 17:41.