The heat and dustiness of the 3-mile Riverside City Cross Country Course may have contributed to lower-than-usual times for runners. “The dust and the heat really affected us more than we thought it did,” said Sherfey, a senior. “It was really tightly packed in the first mile, everything gets really congested. It’s tight and dusty. It’s just a slow atmosphere.” Nonetheless, West Ranch pulled through and ran as a team. Soltani, in her first year at West Ranch, shouted directions and encouragement and saw her team respond accordingly. “I was yelling after them in the middle of the race that our one and two runners were not doing well and they stepped up to help them,” said Soltani. “As a coach, that’s one of our proud moments.” “This entire season these young men have embraced each other. They embraced a coach they didn’t know. They’ve come a long way.” Valencia finished 14th in Division 1 out of 24 teams, clocking 1:18:11 as a team. Their top runner was Britain Reynolds, who came in 27th at 15:11.4. In Division 5, Trinity Classical Academy finished 23rd. Hunter Romine finished 62nd for the Knights at 16:52.4. The state meet will be next Saturday at Woodward Park in Fresno.
Official results for D2 boys. West Ranch and Saugus both going to states pic.twitter.com/MYfHqRow7r— Haley Sawyer (@haleymsawyer) November 19, 2016