Flashes Cross Country Teams Compete at CIF Finals
Flashes picking up the pace for the final stretch of the race.
Flashes picking up the pace for the final stretch of the race.

On Saturday, November 19th both Boys and Girls Varsity Cross Country Teams competed at the CIF Southern Section Division 4 Cross Country Finals. This championship meet was held at the Riverside City Golf Course. The course was relatively flat, dusty and very cold in comparison to last Friday's warm weather. The top 24 teams in the Southern Section competed with the goal of placing among the top 7 teams and earning a berth into the California State Meet to be held in Woodward Park in Fresno on November 26th.

The boys ran the first race of the day at 7:45 a.m. They were led by Senior Johnny Martinez who finished in 32nd place in 15:58.6, he was followed by Adrian Orozco 58th in 16:13.2, Sergio Perez 61st in 16:14.1, Everardo Garcia Magana 73rd in 16:22, Jonathan Ordaz 94th in 16:33.9, Michael Sanchez 107th in 16:47.2, and Nick Villela 135th in 17:12.3. Thirty five seconds separated the first runner from the fifth scorer, an excellent team gap. However, the team finished in 10th place out of the top 24 divisional teams in Southern Section and did not qualify for State Finals.

The girls were led by Carissa Rodriguez who was the top place finisher among both Fillmore teams. Carissa finished in 18th place in a time of 18:11.9, just missing a individual qualifying placement into State Finals. She was followed by Vanessa Avila who finished in 71st place in a personal best time over a 3 mile course of 19:19.7, Diana Perez 91st in 19:38.5, also a personal best time, Andrea Marruffo 115th in 20:15.7, Anahi Pascual 117th in 20:22,4, Jacqueline Chavez 121st in 20:28.1, and Lauren Magdaleno 143rd in 21:06. The girl finished in 15th place out of 24 teams.

This concludes the 2016 season for our Cross Country team. We are very proud of our many accomplishments and our wonderful young athletes, especially the growth they have made in so many areas as young men and women. We would like to thank all those who have supported us throughout the season especially our parents, staff and extended community.