“I heard everybody cheering me on and I remember coach (Dave) Delong telling me to have no regrets, and I just kept playing that over-and-over in my head,” said Danforth, on the last 400 meters of the race. “I just laid it all out and finished strong.” Saugus’ Mariah Castillo (16:28.4) took home second in the girls Division 2 race as the Centurions placed second as a team. Jacqueline Cascione (17:34.3) finished 11th, with Hannah Fredericks (18:25.7) in 27th place. The Centurions’ boys team finished second as well.
Ethan Danforth went from third-to-first in final 400 meters to win CIF-SS Division 2 Finals. Canyon unofficially finishes sixth, enough to advance to state as a team. @CowboyAthletics pic.twitter.com/007L6kz20P— Ryan Posner (@ryanposner_) November 18, 2017
“The only goal today was to get to the state meet and we accomplished that with the boys,” said West Ranch coach Sara Soltani. “We also wanted to get a few guys on the podium and we got that as well. We’ve just got to focus now on putting it together for next week.” The Saugus boys team didn’t have a runner finish in the top 20 but had four runners finish in the top 30, led by Albert Serrano in 25th place (15:32.6). Juan Enciso (15:3.9) and Jacob Kaufmann (15:36.0) finished 27th and 28th, respectively, with Boon Andrews (15:44.0) in 30th. Canyon’s Patrick King (15:41.0) was sandwiched between the Saugus runners in 29th place. “They were feisty,” said Saugus coach Rene Paragas of his teams. “Both teams ran different races. The girls came out hard and went head-to-head while the boys team found itself in a hole early. But neither of them gave up.” MORE: Foothill league cross country teams enter CIF-SS finals as top contenders Valencia finished 14th in the boys Division 1 race and Britain Reynolds’ 18th-place finish (15:01.4) wasn’t enough to qualify for the state race as an individual. The Vikings were making their second straight appearance at the CIF-SS finals, which were the first two appearances in school history. “This already was the fastest team we’ve ever had at Valencia,” said Vikings coach Leon Maldonado. “There are no disappointments today. To get to this point, you have to be one of the fastest teams in the state.” Golden Valley’s boys team finished 12th in the Division 2 race, ending its season as well. Daniel Rush (15:28.3) led the Grizzlies with a 20th-place finish. Saugus’ boys team advanced to the state race for the seventh time in the last nine seasons while the girls team has advanced every year since 2005. The West Ranch boys team advanced for the third season in a row. The CIF State cross country championship will be held next Saturday at Woodward Park in Fresno.
Preston Pope and Isaiah Seidman finish fourth and fifth, respectively, in CIF-SS Division 2 Finals. West Ranch finishes third as a team and will be heading to state. pic.twitter.com/DzIHaedbYz— Ryan Posner (@ryanposner_) November 18, 2017