The boys and girls cross country teams each shared their bit of success, with the boys coming individually and the girls coming by way of the team
The boys and girls cross country teams each shared their bit of success, with the boys coming individually and the girls coming by way of the team. At the Trinity league Finals, despite the boys finishing fourth place, the bright spot was that of senior Dmitriy Major. Major, a dual sport standout on both the cross country and tennis teams, finished in fourth place at league finals which advanced him to CIF Prelims. One week later he punched his ticket as an individual to CIF Finals where he would place 15th overall in a race of 183 competitors with his time of 15:21.
The girls’ team had a quality showing at the Trinity League finals meet, placing 2nd overall, 2 points ahead of third place Mater Dei. The Eagles have been led all season long by stellar sophomore, Kendall Saeger, who would go on to finish 2nd overall. Saeger has been buoyed all year by teammates Sophie Getz (senior) and Tamara Hirschman (junior), who both placed in the top 10 as well, placing sixth and seventh respectively. The Eagles advanced from CIF Prelims to Finals as a team where they would go on to place fifth in division three and punch their ticket to the 2018 California State Championships. At the state meet, the girls finished 11th overall out of 25 division three teams that qualified.
Coach Gil Garcia, who has been the girls’ coach since 1997, couldn’t be prouder of the group.
“This team had one ultimate goal, making it to the state meet. It didn’t matter what the rankings said, it didn’t matter that we struggled most of the season to have five healthy runners, they believed in each other and that they could all be healthy and ready to do their job and accomplish the team goal of making it to the state meet.”