Atascadero cross country advances to CIF finals


RIVERSIDE — Both the Greyhounds boys and girls cross country teams qualified for CIF finals and will be competing this weekend in Riverside.

The girls team, led by Claire Livengood who set a season record on Saturday, raced in the second heat of the Division 4 race and finished in ninth place overall. The boys team went out in the first heat and placed sixth overall behind another monster performance from Xavier Gonzales, who finished third with a personal best time of 15:33.

The boys registered 168 points on Saturday and the girls scored 222, with all the teams in the top 12 qualifying for CIF finals, both Greyhounds teams will be racing this Saturday.

All of the Greyhounds’ top five runners finished in the top 50. Max Botenbal finished second for the Hounds and 32nd overall with a personal best time of 16:28 according to the Athletic.net meet results. Logan Jones finished third for Atascadero and 42nd overall with a personal best of his own a 16:42. Johnathan Dolan came in fourth for the hounds and 44th overall and Austin Erb was the fifth Greyhound and finished 50th with a time of 16:52.

A number of Greyhounds on both teams set personal course records on Saturday including their two top runners on each team. Livengood led the ninth-placed Hounds team and came in at 22nd overall with a time of 19:13.

Both Hounds’ cross country teams are young this year, but the future is especially bright on the ladies’ side. At CIF prelims, three freshman finished inside the Greyhounds’ top five, and their fastest runner is also a junior.  

Annalise Archibald set a personal best when she finished 45th overall and second for Atascadero with a time of 19:54. Faith Rocha finished third for the Hounds and 52nd overall with a time of 19:58, also a personal record, and Dana Weatherby finished as the fifth runner with a time of 20:11. All three girls are freshman and will gain great experience this year when they race in the CIF final.

On the boy’s side, Erb is the only senior currently running with the top five that the Hounds will lose. With Atascadero moving into the Central Section next year, expectations for both teams should be high.

The Atascadero cross country team will race again this Saturday in Riverside. Follow the Atascadero News and sports reporter Connor Allen (@ConnorCAllen) on Twitter and on Facebook for updates and breaking news.


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