Cross country team is still a contender

(photo by Josh DaFoe)

Cross country team is still a contender

By Hector Trujillo

With the battle against Covid-19 entering its second year and with California high school athletics just now starting to regain a semblance of normalcy, it might be easy to forget that outdoor sports have been impacted severely. In particular, those involved with the Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS) cross country team have been forced to make adjustments while finding a way to remain competitive.

Nevertheless, the SRHS boys won the Western League title over Cathedral Catholic, which placed second during league finals at Morley Field on March 16. The women Falcons placed second to Cathedral Catholic. Additionally, SRHS boys runners Caden Farrow, Giancarlo da Silva and Brian Maguire received All-League honors. Jaiden Wick,
Chloe Ellermeyer and Michaela Martin received Girls All-League honors.

“They have fought extremely hard and will continue to do so,” said Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS) cross country coach Chuck Warren.

Warren, who enters his 10th year at the helm, has done an impressive job with the help of assistant coach Eileen Quinn as they do their best to face the challenges caused by the pandemic and implement social distancing protocols at the same time.

In addition, their cross country team wasn’t able to meet with coaches for three months and had to endure a large decrease in the number of runners on the team which usually stands at more than 100 and currently sits at 40 (23 boys and 17 girls).

“The cross country team doesn’t cut any runners, so it was disappointing seeing less athletes training this season,” said captain Giancarlo da Silva. “We have made the most out of this abbreviated season.”

Despite this, both the men and the women were still in the running to win the Western League title as the season got underway.

“After going so long without racing, it has been difficult to get back into it. But with all the hard work our teams have been putting in, we are quickly getting used to competing again,” senior Delphine Maurer said. “I am grateful that running is a sport that can be done relatively safely so that I was able to continue training during the shutdown.”

Despite fall competition being cancelled, that did not stop the Falcons from beating their rival and number 1 ranked Cathedral Catholic High School in an earlier competition as they aimed for an impressive showing during league finals along with competing in the UC 2-mile on March 27.

“Being a runner has been difficult during the shutdown due to all of the restrictions and all of our races being cancelled,” said senior Caden Farrow. “My team had trouble staying motivated at times, but our teamwork kept us working hard and not giving up on a possible season in the future. Now we are back in season and I’m glad we continued to work hard during this pandemic because now we are able to compete.”

Women runners on the Scripps Ranch High School cross country team lead the pack at the start of a meet against Cathedral Catholic High on Feb. 23. (photo by Josh DaFoe)
(photo by Josh DaFoe)
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