Bonita Vista High School’s varsity cross country teams competed in the Metro League Conference on Friday, Nov. 11. The Metropolitan Conference is made up of the Mesa League as well as the South Bay League. The meet took place at Rohr Park and lasted from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Metro League finals is one of the major races of the season. All schools in the Metro Conference run against each other. Bonita races against Otay Ranch, Hilltop, Mater Dei, Olympian and other South Bay schools.
“For the boys varsity team, I’m looking to win both an individual title as well as a team title. On the girls side I’m looking to get three girls ‘All League’, which means they’re on the top 10 for all Mesa schools,” cross country coach Matthew Seat said.
Starting at 2:00 p.m. the boys’ varsity teams were the first to start on their 3.1 mile race. When Bonita runners were going for their second lap, junior boy’s varsity captain Isaiah Labra was in second place but crossed the finish line in fourth place with a time of 16:20. Junior Toshin Agbede surpassed junior Armando Campos and came in sixth with a time of 16:52, Campos himself then came in seventh with 16:57.
Moments before the finish line sophomore Jonathan Kelly passed Nicholas Albro, a sophomore from Olympian High School, and placed eighth with a time of 16:58, just a second behind Campos. Sophomore Christian Mason coming in nine seconds before the eleventh runner came in with a time of 17:02, finished in 10th place. Mason scored the last spot for the All League runners.
With these scores Labra, Agbede, Campos, Kelly and Mason all placed in top 10 All League. With their joint effort along with the rest of the team, the boys’ varsity team got second place for the Mesa League.
“I am proud of the boys’ performance, we really worked as a team and were able to get our top six runners in the top 15 and five runners all league. It shows incredible depth of the boys team and they all worked hard to earn it,” Labra said.
High standards were set by the runner’s coaches as well as the team captains. According to senior girls’ varsity captain Natalie Medina, the team was prepared and ready to start the meet.
“I’m definitely nervous but also excited to race this course one more time and go out there with a bang. My teammates have been working really hard so I’m expecting them to have some really good races and I think that we can get a lot of girls in the top ten,” Medina said.
Although the girls’ varsity team did not get as many runners in top 10 “All League” as coach Seat had hoped, Medina herself was able to place in third with a time of 16:05, running 2.5 miles. At the end of the first lap Medina was in fourth place but was able to advance to third during the second lap. As a team Bonita’s girls’ varsity got fourth place in the Mesa League with an average time of 17:23 as a whole.
“I believe it was a combination of our number two and three varsity girl runners, juniors Milla Padilla and Sarah Suarez, not having their best race due to nagging injuries. It could also have been a result as girls from other schools had surprisingly good races,” Seat said.
With their outcomes the varsity team as a whole are learning from both their strengths and weaknesses that appeared this meet and will be working harder as they are getting ready to compete for the California Interscholastic Federation title this upcoming Saturday.
“We talked about getting out of our comfort zone and believing and pushing yourself. This sport does have some big individual aspects but everything that we do is for the team,” Seat said. “So while the runners are out there and they’re pushing themselves, their teammates are also out there and pushing themselves. We really focus on the team aspect.”