Cross Country sees ‘best week ever’ at Woodbridge

Cross Country sees ‘best  week ever’ at WoodbridgeBy BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writers

The Burroughs High School Cross Country teams saw their “best week ever” at the Woodbridge Cross Country Classic on Sept. 14. Burroughs came away with 16 personal and team medals with every team member coming away with a best personal record as well.

“Both the boys and girls produced some of the best individual performances in Burroughs Cross Country history,” said Coach Anthony Barnes.

The Woodbridge Classic hosted dozens of schools and more than 1,000 runners at Silverlakes Sports Complex in Corona, Calif. Racers from all over Southern California competed in a “fast and flat” three-mile course.

Senior Josh Washburn led the Varsity boys team, placing 7th place out of 171 runners with a time of 15:16.3, the fourth-fastest time in BHS history according to Barnes. Sophomore Bryce Hill placed 13th with a time of 15:28.9 (6th place for fastest-ever BHS sophomore). The boys Varsity team placed 6th overall out of 25 teams.

The Varsity “Lady Burros” placed 6th overall out of 22 teams, led by junior Alana Nagy. Nagy placed 12th out of 157 runners with a time of 18:20.6, the 2nd all-time high for BHS girls. Madeline Acosta and Leah Tomlinson came in 18th and 21st place with times of 18:33.2 (4th all-time) and 18:40.3 (6th all-time and fastest freshman ever).

The BHS Freshman team placed 4th out of 30 teams. Of the 372 runners, the entire freshman team (Jason Irvin, Adrian Riendeau, ZJ Hoffmann, Sam Abernathy, Andrew Mower, James Coppersmith and Jackson Nutter) finished in the top 50 percent led by Irvin, finishing 8th place with a time of 17:16.0.

The sophomore boys placed 19th overall in the largest division (41 teams, 445 runners), led by Rudy Richards (17:55.3, 72nd) and Caden Goeppinger (17:55.4, 73rd).

“The team’s success is attributed to their commitment, dedication and sacrifice for each other,” said Barnes, “and to their families and their community. And the middle school cross country program coached by Rob Tomlinson and Ephraim Washburn has had a tremendously positive impact.”

The result was a new all-time high girls’ team school record of 96:14, breaking the previous record of 99:24 from 2006. And the boys’ second best in school history with 79:34 compared to 79:14 from 2003.

“The rest of the season we look forward to the opportunity to represent our school, community and league by qualifying for the California Interscholastic Federation prelims and, if possible, the CIF Finals and State Meet,” said Barnes.

Story First Published: 2018-09-21