Thursday, November 17, 2016

Warriors Finish Strong at CCS; Cuevas Top 20

Belmont, CA - The boys cross country team competed in the CCS Championship Saturday highlighted by Sam Cuevas running the #2 time in school history and top 20 finish. Cameron Lockard finished in 33rd and Joe Renati 59th, respectably.

This fall Sam Cuevas has set himself apart as one of the best runners in school history. That status was solidified Saturday at the CCS Championship running the #2 time in school history. Only Sean Davis' 15:38 from 2011 is faster. Cuevas has set team records for the Baylands and Golden Gate Park courses earlier this season in WCAL league meets.

Setting a quick early pace, Cuevas took the first mile out at 5:05 followed by Lockard (5:19) and Renati (5:29). The quick start can compound the fatigue in the later miles but the team held on. Coming through the second mile Cuevas was sitting in 16th coming through in 10:37 and held on the last mile to finish in 16:15.

"We did all we could, and ultimately landed with some success," Cuevas said. "The 2016 season overall was just one filled with challenges. I have full confidence that next year's team will perform better than we did this year, without doubt."

Cameron Lockard has been one of the most consistent runners to come through the Warriors program and graduates as one of the best in school history. He sits top 10 on the team's all-time list for every course the team has run. He finished in 17:10 for 33rd place.

"Considering the warmer conditions I feel like I ran a solid race. In my 4 years I have really gotten to know that course really well and that plays a huge factor into my race strategy." Cameron Lockard

Joe Renati has had his fair share of bad luck this season. After a successful comeback from a hernia suffered at the start of the year after running 16:58 at WCAL Championship came home with a fever and was out sick for more than a week. After all he had been through when it was suggested he not race he wouldn't have it. In the end he gutted out a race of 17:48.

"It sucked, but it was better than not doing it," Renati reflected. "I'm happy with my season."

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