The 2014 XC Season was a very successful one! It started with the team placed in the West Valley League. (C League) With 7 other teams within the Blossom Valley Athletic League (BVAL). The team saw tremendous improvement with the Varsity Boys and Varsity Girls improving their league Finals places from 2013 from 19th and 15th, to 15th and 8th respectively. The Varsity Girls won the West Valley League championship with an undefeated season and their 8th place finish saw them beat several of the Mount Hamilton League (A League) Teams and Qualify for CCS as a team. They ran a team time of 1:50:00. The best league finals time in team history and the second best team time at Crystal Springs in school history. The boys ran a solid 1:31:22 for the best team time at league finals of the last 10 years. Karan Singh and Nathan Bernardo also qualified for CCS as individuals.
The JV and Reserve girls both went undefeated in league meets as well, and though there is no championship for non varsity teams, their accomplishments make the school proud. In 2013 we did not have enough girls for a JV team let-alone a reserve team, yet in 2014 our JV girls would have beaten several Varsity teams at league finals.
The Reserve boys continued their recent success with a 6-1 record led by captain Mario Perez. Juniors Guillermo Vega and Jomary Aying spearheaded the team and with summer training will compete for a varsity spot next year! The Frosh-soph Boys also went 6-1, and this is a pivotal year for the Frosh/Soph team. Frosh/Soph Boys and JV girls are always considered the teams of the future, but with 6 of the 7 frosh/soph boys being sophomores, the question becomes who among them will rise up to be a member of the Varsity next year, and who will make their contributions as a member of the reserve team.
The girls team set course records at Toro Park (twice) Montgomery Hill, Half moon bay High school and the Stanford Golf course. Daniela Camacho, outstanding senior and team captain also set the individual school record at Half Moon Bay hs with a smoking fast 15:38 for the 2.33 mile course (6:42 mile pace). While Daniela, Alma Padilla, Brianna Flores and Paloma Contreras carried this historic teams as seniors, the future is bright thanks to young stars and varsity runners in Milka Perez, Julia Cruz and Evalilia Garcia. These 3 form a strong starting point, and with up and comers like Andrea Lepe, and Alonica Urango to go with a healthy Gabriela Aguilar, we can expect the Varsity girls to hardly miss a beat despite losing such strong seniors.
The Varsity Boys will lose stong seniors Karan Singh and Cesar Azevedo, as well as everyone’s favorite teammate Oscar Sanchez. Karan finished the season strongly by getting his name on the top 10 list at Toro Park with a 17:27 (5:49 mile pace)for the 3 mile course. Cesar And Oscar were both consistent contributors to the team and losing them all creates a void. Thankfully overall the team is young, with Sophomore star Nathan Bernardo returning along with Junior Hector Ramirez and sophomore Gustavo Aguilera the team has a core group of runners ready to make next year’s team stronger. The team is counting on contributions from sophomore Gustavo Parra as well. Gustavo ran frosh/soph in his first XC season, but with summer training we are counting on him to be a big part of the varsity going forward. That leaves several spots in need of filling, but if athletes like Jesse Chircop, Jose Jiminez, Jesus Deloya and Juan Gutierrez commit themselves to training as hard as Hector, Nathan, and Gustavo did last year, a league championship in the more challenging Santa Teresa (B league) is achievable.
We at JLXC are proud of our 2014 Girls Championship season and look forward to Track and XC 2015! If you are a current or future comet and are interested in joining we are always welcoming to new members. Congratulations again comets!
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