Harriers race to break tie at finals


by Emily Duong & Alan Guardado

Photo by Dustin Vu

Harriers compete in the Apache Invitational at Arcadia Park and will look forward to Almont League finals Nov. 2.

At the second Almont League Meet Oct. 18, all divisions took first place except JV and varsity girls, who each won second place. The JV and varsity girls are now tied with Alhambra, due to the Spartans’ win at the first League Meet Sept. 27.

“I believe we did well at the league meet. This motivates us to work harder to maintain our championship. Individually, we all know how much more improvement we need to contribute to make our team stronger and better,” said Richard Flores, varsity junior. “I feel optimistic about having the opportunity to win league again this year. Knowing that varsity boys won the first and second league meet by a great number of points is what makes us feel confident about becoming league champs.”

At the Bell Gardens Invitational Oct. 14, senior boys placed seventh, girls fifth, junior boys 14th, girls eighth, sophomore boys 15th, girls 14th, freshmen boys ninth, girls tenth. The top 65 runners medaled. The harriers that medaled were Julianne Acevedo, Marai Atanacio, Lizbeth Cano, Grace Cervantes, Osrael Escobar, Jerry Flores, Richard Flores, Juan Lopez, Armando Morales, Gabriela Ocariz, Alexia Perez, David Perez, Jonathon Perez, Mitchell Saisho, Beatriz Sanchez and Dustin Vu.

“The past race results have encouraged us to run with more passion. Although the results may not be what we hoped for, the love we all share for running is what matters in the end.  Our position is  very crucial, but the last breaths of our competition are not taken until CIF finals. We must keep our heads high, despite the outcome of league finals,” said Lizbeth Cano, varsity team captain.

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