For the eighth consecutive year the Warriors kicked off their season with a team time trial at UCSC. Of those eight years Sean Davis has held the team record for the last five running 11:37 in 2011. Joe Renati took advantage of the conditions and blazed the course in 11:35, bettering the record by 2 seconds. It is also a 27 second improvement over last season.
Renati was followed by Cameron Lockard who finished the #2 man on the day finishing with a 15 second improvement over last year in 12:22. Sam Cuevas was next across the finish line in 12:29, a seven second improvement. Southern California transfer Wes Deffenbaugh was impressive in his course debut, running 12:37, placing him #11 on the team's all-time list.
A pair of strong performances came from those running in their first ever "race." Ben Buckman, a junior who is running for the first time, finished fifth in the team time trial finishing in 13:24. That places him #18 on the all-time list. Top freshman honors go to Jonathan Pappas in a respectable 14:15.
Another top finish came from sophomore Mackenzie Thomas. Her finish of 15:17 is a 40 second improvement over last season and places her top 10 all-time. Hannah Theaker, a junior, is no stranger to cross country but ran in her first Watermelon Run making the all-time list at #14 finishing in 15:31.
The Warriors welcome another strong freshman class this year. Of the three freshman who opened their season Saturday all earned recognition on the team's all-time list: Katelyn Stone (15:17), Rebecca Rey (15:35) and Alexis Mahon (16:17).
The Warriors travel to Crystal Springs Friday, September 2nd in Belmont. Boys will compete against Westmoor and Serra; Girls will compete against Notre Dame, Presentation, Mercy Berlingame and Westmoor.
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