The boys of the cross country team are going above and beyond this season. So far this year, the team is undefeated in the league, which is very strong. The members on the team are putting up record times at regular season meets and invitationals. The team ranks number one in the league, and they hope to do well at State, and CCS finals.
Sophomore Chris Anderson has been a standout for the team, setting season best times for 2 miles, 3 miles, and 5000 meters. Along with Anderson, Ross MacMillan, Bobby Munoz, and Ian Gallagher have also put up top 5 times in the two mile category. At 2.4 miles, Senior Tyler Van Winkle has an impressive 15.11 time, which is first place in that category. Freshman Austin Whistler, Jeremy Slavich, and Logan Keil have also placed well in their runs.
The team has been to multiple invitationals, such as Clovis and Stanford. At Clovis, the team took home 3rd place, and at Stanford they took 4th place. Senior Ian Gallagher says, “Clovis Invitational was our best meet so far this season.” Clovis and Stanford are both high profile meets, with the best teams in the state, and some other really strong teams outside the state. SLV’s times showed impressive accomplishment.
The head coach of the boys cross country team is Jay Avenmarg. Gallagher describes him as very positive: “He helps us improve individually at each practice.” The team workouts are very challenging, but with the help of a positive Coach Avenmarg, Gallagher says, “He has made it a positive environment for the team, and it helps everyone improve.” The team has been able to bond together throughout the season and run extraordinary times.
There is a total of 31 runners on the team, and 7 of them are Seniors. The captains are Ian Gallagher and Bobby Munoz, both of which are described as positive and encouraging role models for the others.
If the boys continue to run like they have, they will be sure to find success in CCS and beyond.
By Madison Reger