By Meaganh Cabuco
The Mesa League Finals was the last race for most of Bonita Vista High School’s Cross Country team members on Friday Nov. 13th at Rohr Park. Mesa League, also known as the Metro Conference Championship race, allows each team to earn medals and receive banners. This race signifies the end of the season for the JV team.
“The [whole] team raced very well at league finals… it was our last race against our league competition. Our four top [varsity girls] received all league medals,” Captain and senior Izabela Garcia-Arce said.
Both JV and varsity teams had 30 out 59 runners who improved from the previous race at South Bay Invitational, which took place at Rohr Park on Sept. 25th. Personal records were made as runners cut off time from as little as five seconds to four minutes.
“[Mesa League is] very important because it is the last race of the season where everyone gives it their all,” Captain and senior Marleen Aranda said.
The girls’ varsity team placed second out of the 11 teams with 43 points and behind Eastlake, who placed first with 32 points. Coming in second place with 60 points, the boys varsity team received a recognition of improvement from last year, according to XCstats.
Due to unavailability, the head coach, Matthew Seat, could not be interviewed. The assistant coach, Dahir, said that the League finals was an important race for the JV team.
The end of Mesa League finals also marks a new objective for the varsity Cross Country team: CIF. The alternate varsity runners — Aleksander Komatina, Marco Ugarte, Junior Mendez, Sofia Reyes, Melina Reynoso, and Aleila Chappell — are the top three JV runners on both teams. Altogether, the alternates that qualified will attempt to place within the top three runners as a team, for both boys and girls, in the San Diego Section Finals race in order to race at the State Championship. This has not been an opportunity for the team since 2011.
“The race was a success, the boys and girls did very well, since it was their last meet of the year. Coach Matt and I couldn’t have been more proud. I believe varsity boys have a good chance at making it to Fresno, it all depends on how well the race [at Morley Field] goes on Saturday,” Dahir said.