At the beginning of the season the Boy’s cross country team asked if they were even going to have a varsity team this year. At the time it seemed like a valid question; four seniors graduated from last year’s squad leaving an inexperienced and young squad to fill the void left by one of the best teams ever in school history. But this young team has proven they are up to the task and have improved dramatically throughout the season.
They found their groove in the past two races at the WCAL #2 and Mt. Sac Invitational. At Shoreline on October 20th all 7 Varsity runners set personal bests for the 3 mile course defeating Riordan to finish 7th in WCAL action. Then just two days later they all bounced back and did it again at Mt. Sac as 4 runners placed in the Warriors Top 10 All-Time list, setting a school record for team time at the Mt. Sac Invitational. Again, all 7 runners set personal bests for the course.
The breakthrough is at the right time of year as the team prepares for WCAL on Wednesday, November 3rd at Crystal Springs. “The boys have something to run for and I am looking forward to see how they do at WCAL this week,” said Coach Small. “We need to bring that attitude into the WCAL Championship. We have the talent and the conditioning, now we just need to do something with it!”
Ryan Ensor has been the leader on the Varsity Boys team and has blossomed into a talented runner that is competing with the best in the WCAL. “Ensor is a beast,” said teammate Dustin Laucella.
“The way he runs, it’s like seeing a double rainbow. It is so beautiful...I'm still trying to figure out what it all means!”
Ensor finished in 17:40 at Mt. Sac, just 7 seconds from the school record for the course set by Dean Barron in 2007. He was followed by Dustin Laucella, Alex George, and Alex Ascencio, who all scored in the Warriors top 10 list.
The boys hope to continue their push at Crystal Springs, one of the most challenging and historic courses in CCS.