Congratulations to the Fall Sports Award Winners for the 2012 Cross Country Season:
Runner of the Year: Jessica Xu
Jessica Xu finished as the Warriors top runner four times this season including the WCAL Championship where she earned All-WCAL honors. In the second WCAL meet at Golden Gate Park, Xu finished in 19:45, currently #2 all-time on the team performance list. She also earned top marks at the WCAL Championship and CCS Championship. Xu finished the season placing 14th in the CCS with a time of 19:54, currently #6 all-time for the Warriors.
Runner of the Year: Ashley Lara
Ashley Lara also finished as the Warriors top runner four times this season and qualified as an individual to the CIF State Championship. Earning All-CCS honors, Lara finished 7th in the CCS Championship and is currently 4th all-time for the Warriors at Toro Park. She is also #4 all-time for the Warriors at Golden Gate Park and was the team’s top finisher at Stanford and Clovis invitationals. Of the eight races this season Lara & Xu combined times are separated by a mere 14 seconds.
Warrior Award: Kellianne Connolly
When you think of a Warrior you think of toughness, perseverance, and someone who can “rally the troops.” Kellianne Connolly is someone who exemplifies these characteristics. Connolly has been a “Warrior” since her 6th grade year and has been an example of dedicated work ethic, leadership and discipline for the team.
Warrior Award: Amy Reyes
Running for the Warriors in Junior High Amy Reyes took a sabbatical of sorts from running and enjoyed a full high school experience including golf, tennis, cheer-leading, ASB and more! But the Senior returned and had an immediate impact on the team not only as a top runner but as a leader. She is dedicated, devoted, and an example of discipline.
Freshman of the Year: Vanessa Giacalone
Vanessa began the year running 24:37 on the Toro Park course at the Early Bird Invitational and finished the CCS Championship on that same course in 21:36. Her three minute improvement is in direct relation to her strong drive and competiveness. She earned a varsity spot where she finished the season as the Warriors #6 runner in the WCAL and CCS Championship meets.
Runner of the Year: Eyobed Mesfun
Eyobed was the top finisher for the Warriors in every race this season finishing. He set a team record at the second WCAL meet at Golden Gate Park and went on to finish the WCAL Championship in 16:50, #6 all-time for the Warriors. Mesfun qualified for CCS Championship where he finished 21st; his time of 17:05 places him second all-time. Consistent from start to finish he led the team to five new team records. An outstanding leader on our team his success was a direct result of his work ethic and drive.
Warrior Award: Nathan Lynch
Nathan Lynch was looking for a reason to run and he found it in his team. Lynch began suffering stomach pains about half way through the season and was later diagnosed with cancer. He never wavered in his passion for running for the team continuing to challenge and be a leader through it all. On his way to recovery he remains an active part of this team and by all definitions is a true Warrior!
Warrior Award: Ryan Ensor
Ryan Ensor has been a top runner for the Warriors since his sophomore year and has consistently shown leadership, laying it on the line every race. Ensor brings a lively personality to the team and sets a strong example for the younger runners.
Most Improved: Alex Ascencio
From a freshman running 21 minutes on the Crystal Springs course to a senior who ran 17:11 Alex Ascencio transformed into an elite runner his senior year. His time qualified him to the CCS Championship and currently places him 12th all-time for the Warriors.
Freshman of the Year: Jeremy Dong
Jeremy was the top freshman finisher for the Warriors in every race this season. He set the freshman record on the Toro Park course and became the first freshman in school history to qualify as an individual to the CCS Championship. He was a major contributor on the varsity team scoring in the top five every race this season.
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