Acalanes Cross Country Outruns competition at Ed Sias Invitational
Dons are Quick out of the Gate and Gaining Momentum Towards a Promising Season
The Acalanes’ Cross Country team had an outstanding performance on September 8th in their second meet of the year. The runners competed in a two-mile course at the Ed Sias Invitational Meet at Hidden Valley Park in Martinez.
Out of 24 schools, Acalanes boy’s varsity took first place. All seven runners placed in the top third out of 185 people in total, and combined for a team score of 57.
“[It was] one of the best team times we have had” said coach Tad Beach shortly after the school rankings were posted.
One of the team strategies was to “stick together and run in clusters” said Junior Alec Weber. The runners are stronger as a group and by running side by side, all the runners can try and keep a similar pace to the fastest runner on the team.
Another successful strategy was to have all the students that are not running “line up on the sides and even on the further parts [of the course] to cheer on each individual runner from our school” said junior Jeremy Edwards. Supporting the runners in this manner often times gives them the energy to finish strong.
Two outstanding performances were by junior Michael Wang and senior Adler Faulkner, who both broke the previous school record for the course. As of last year, Tyler Troxel held the school record for the best time at the course. However, at this meet, Adler broke the previous record by 8.2 seconds and Michael broke the previous record by 17.3 seconds. Michael Wang’s time, at 10:19.8, is now the school record.
Another notable performance was by freshman Cameron Gaskell, “who is our freshman sensation” said Alec Weber. Cameron Gaskell placed first in the Frosh Boy’s Race.
The girls varsity team also had a strong performance, coming in 4th place overall with a team score of 164. Out of 150 runners, senior Kelly Collins placed 4th and Amy Hollshwandner placed 9th .
After such an impressive start, it is clear that Acalanes cross country has an exciting season to look forward to and great chance at future success.
Blueprint Staff Writer: Brian Lilienstein