Manson Cross-Country at Omak
Coach Kurt Toolson reports:
The Manson cross country team continued their gradual improvement in the latest competition on Tuesday. The Omak Invitational at Omak's Eastside Park was the location. It was a flat, curvy course, mostly on pavement and was 3 miles long. The weather was overcast and cool, which is perfect running weather, although it was a bit windy as well.
Our lone female competitor yesterday was Kyla Chavolla. She ran a smart race and did a much better job of running even pacing throughout. She knocked a full minute off her time from the Wenatchee Invitational, which was the same distance.
We had our full compliment of boy runners yesterday with 7. We ran well together as a team, as only 3 minutes separated our fastest athlete from our lowest placer. It was a large race with close to 70 boys competing in the meet. Here is how our boys fared:
Olegario Orozco- 20th place, 19:00 even.
Sam Thomas- 28th place, 19:15, a 20 second improvement from Wenatchee
Angel Garcia- 32 place, 19:45
Miguel Leyva- 42nd place, 20:22, a 37 second improvement from Wenatchee
Charlye Castro- 47th place, 21:09, a 22 second improvement from Wenatchee
Salvador Leyva- 56th place, 22:12
Oscar Mendoza- 57th place, 22:23, a whopping 2 minute 29 second improvement from Wenatchee
As a side note, I feel like our times could have been even better with fresher legs. On Monday, the day before the meet, the team ran the Chelan Butte trail. We started near Chelan High School and ran up to the top where the satellite dishes are. This is a 2700 foot elevation gain in a little over 3 miles. The kids ran almost the entire trail and tolerated the difficulty quite well. The coach however, had to walk much of the way and could hardly get out of bed the next day. Kudos to Tim Bombaci for arranging the excursion and completing the run much more successfully than me.