The Champion-Winning Running Teams at SLV

What an amazing finale to the Cross Country season! The girls took first place at both CCS and the State Championships. Not only that, but the girl’s team took first place at many other past meets, for example, the Mt. Sac Invitational and the Stanford Invitational, and took second place and the SCCAL Championships. The boys worked just as hard, and they took first place at Mt. Sac and third place at the SCCAL Championships.

The girls and their coach after their CIF win. Photo From: Facebook
The girls and their coach after their CIF win.
Photo From: Facebook

The girl’s team led the Cougars to our fifth State Championship in Cross Country, and even set a new team record for the Division-IV race. They ran a combined 94 minutes and 13 seconds on the 3.1 mile course, which beat the previous record set at 95:36. It doesn’t stop there: Anna Maxwell set the new D-IV individual record at 17:08. Anna made the best improvement between two years; she placed 195th last year after becoming agonizingly ill, and yet, still made it to the end of the race. This year she left everybody behind, beating the second-place runner by a whopping 44 seconds. Claire MacMillan also proved better this year, taking 4th place with a time of 18:17, after last year’s 8th place. Also running was Abbey Meck (18:56), Abby Sherman (19:50), Jessica Jensen (20:02), Jessica Germany (20:25), and Katie Lamb (20:46). This was an especially great ending for the girls, since Anna Maxwell, Claire MacMillan, Abby Sherman, and Jessica Jensen are all seniors. Sherman agrees, saying, “I think winning State was the best ending to four years of high school running… to us seniors it was extra special, because we all knew it was our last chance. We never lost sight of the ultimate goal [and] we were all extremely focused.”

I think winning State was the best ending to four years of high school running . . . To us seniors it was extra special, because we all knew it was our last chance. We never lost sight of the ultimate goal [and] we were all extremely focused.

Also at the State D-IV Championships was Jacob Hicks, who qualified as an individual by taking 5th place with a time of 16:08 at CCS. As the only boy to represent the San Lorenzo Valley at the State Championships, he did fantastic; he placed 26th out of 197 boys, with a time of 16 minutes and 26 seconds. Jacob who is also a senior, ended his last high school Cross Country season with a bang.

The SLV runners at CIF. Photo From: Facebook
Jacob Hicks and the girls at CIF.
Photo From: Facebook

The CCS Cross Country Championships also went very well this year. Although Jacob was the only boy to qualify to represent the mighty Cougars, the San Lorenzo Valley Girl’s Cross Country team took 1st place, out of the 14 teams in the race, to qualify for the CIF State Championships.

Anna Maxwell is the first girl from CCS to ever finish with a time under 17:00 in the 50-year history of the course. She took first place at the race on the 2.95-mile course with a time of 16 minutes and 53 seconds. Taking first place at CCS was a combined effort. Along with Maxwell was Claire MacMillan who took 4th place with a time of 18 minutes and 20 seconds, Abbey Meck (19:05), Abby Sherman (19:18), Jessica Jensen (19:22), Jessica Germany (20:12), and Katie Lamb with a respectable time of 20:24.

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