Run ends at finals

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Greyhounds’ cross country season ends in Riverside

RIVERSIDE — Both of the Greyhounds cross country teams’ seasons came to a close this weekend in Riverside at CIF finals.

The girls finished 13th overall while the boys finished 18th, however only the top seven teams advance to State. This was the second consecutive weekend that the Greyhounds were forced to make the five-hour trek to Riverside for the CIF Southern Section prelims and finals. It will also be the last because the Greyhounds will be moving into the Central Section next season where travel will be much more manageable.

The girls team scored 373 points on Saturday and finished just behind their Central Coast relative Morro Bay Pirates, who placed 12th overall. No Greyhounds individual racer was able to crack the top 50 in the race but placed five girls within 33 spots of each other which helped them score in the top 15.

Claire Livengood led the way for the Hounds, finishing the three-mile course in 66th overall place with a time of 19:56. Next came two of the Greyhounds’ three phenomenal freshman Annalise Archibald and Faith Rocha. Archibald finished 75th overall with a time of 20:10 and Rocha placed 77th with a time of 20:11.

The future is bright for this cross country team. Archibald and Rocha placed 13th and 14th for freshman in the finals on Saturday for the Southern Section, but next year's Central Section is considerably smaller.

Kacey Journey finished fourth for the Hounds in 91st place with a time of 20:24. Dana Weatherby, another one of Atascadero’s impressive freshman runners, finished in 99th place and ran a 20:31.

The boys cross country team finished in 18th overall place on Saturday scoring 432 points, but the boys weren't able to crack the top 50 either. Xavier Gonzales finished first for the Hounds in 53rd place with a time of 16:41. Johnathan Dolan finished second for the Hounds and 70th overall with a time of 17:00, Logan Jones placed 98th with a time of 17:17, Austin Erb placed 104th with a time of 17:24 followed closely by Max Botenbal who crossed the end line with a time of 17:31.

Atascadero’s cross country team held their team banquet last week and awards were given out by the team. Gonzales and Livengood each took home the hardware for the valuable player for their teams while Keara McCall and Franko Jira were each chosen as the Scholar-Athletes.


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