Olys Shine at Cross Country Championships!

On Wednesday, October 30, 2019, the Miramonte League Championships were held at Bonelli Park where the conditions were very windy and cool providing for some outstanding performances by our student athletes. 

The Bassett Girls strong pack proved to be too much for their opponents as they were crowned Varsity League Champions with a record of 20 wins and 0 losses. As a result, the Olympians girls placed all of their seven runners in the top 12. Leading the Lady Olympians to a 1st place finish was league Champion Claudia Gonzalez as she posted the fastest time in the competition. She was also named Miramonte League MVP. Stephanie Niebla, freshman sensation Anahi Guitron, Vivian Mendez, and, Ana Simon, Ana Tecuanhuehue (9th) and Davina Torres (12th) followed shortly behind.

The girls’ varsity race was closely contested by Claudia Gonzalez, Bassett HS, and Kate Castro from Ganesha HS. With approximately 500 meters to the finish line, Claudia, who was awarded league Most Valuable Runner, moved into the lead as they headed up the undulating trails capturing first (1st) place. The Bassett Olympians capture the League team title by placing its top six girls in the top nine spots as Stephanie Niebla (3rd), Anahi Guitron (4th), Vivian Mendez (6th), and Ana Simon (8th) helped the Olympians post an undefeated league season. Arlene Valle (7th) from Ganesha also led her other teammates to a second place team finish. Edgewood High School’s Juliana Sandoval (5th) helped her team capture third place helping her team qualify for the post season.

The Bassett boys’ varsity team also dominated their competition in the Miramonte League by placing their top five runners in the top 13 positions. As a result, they had 20 wins with 0 losses crowning them Varsity League Champions! Leading the Bassett Olympians to an undefeated league season and earning the team title was Alexis Castillon-Leon who came in fourth (4th) place overall. Closely behind him were his teammates Luis Aranda (6th), Eli Hernandez (7th) Sergio Aldana (11th), Luis Berrios (13th), Giancarlo Banuelos (13th), and newcomer Jethro Del Rosario.

In the boys’ Junior varsity race, Johnathan Garcia was crowned League MVP as he took 1st place in the competition. The team posted a 19-1 record taking 1st place and becoming League Champions. Freshman sensation Daniel Serna, Cesar Leal, Sergio Torres Trejo, and Matthew Cerda rounded out 4th -7th places respectively to easily defeat their opponents.

The girls’ JV team were also crowned League Champions posting a 20-0 record. Leading the pack to a perfect score was 1st time runner Jazmin Ramirez Solorio who came in 1st place and was voted Team MVP. Rounding out the top five spots were Meraly Vazquez, Rossy Jimenez, Joanna Ayala, and Ariana Sandoval.

Source: Contributed by Rich Gonzalez