On Saturday morning, the Redlands Cross Country team traveled to Chino Hills, California for their last race of the regular season. The sun was just beginning to come up when the team unloaded the bus and stepped onto the SCIAC Championship course at Prado Park. This would be the last time all 24 Bulldogs race together in 2017, and everyone felt the significance of that. The energy among the team was electric, which made for a great day of racing and produced excellent performances from the runners.
The gun went off for the men’s 8k race at 9 a.m. Joseph Esparza and Ben Casey, two junior Bulldogs, lead the maroon and grey by racing up with the top 20 competitors. They finished 15th and 16th, with times of 26:38.67 and 26:41.29, respectively. Esparza and Casey’s top 20 finishes earned them each a spot on the Second Team All-SCIAC for the 2017 season.
Next to cross the finish line for Redlands was Tucker Cargile, a freshman, and Sean Unger, a senior on the team. Cargile ran an impressive time of 27:26.16, which made him the 35th competitor to finish the course. Just as impressively, Unger came in at 27:52.17, finishing 46th.
The last member of the men’s team to score points for the Bulldogs was Trevor Broulette. The freshman finished at 28:04.09. After combining the total points of these top-five Redlands finishers, the men took fifth place out of the nine SCIAC teams.
Next up was the women’s 6k race. At 9:45 a.m. all 14 women lined up at the start. Less than 30 minutes later, they would all be across the finish line, and excited about their third-place finish overall as a team.
Standout Maria Ramirez finished with a staggering time of 23:25.58, which not only earned the sophomore 6th-place among the women, but First Team All SCIAC as well. Second to finish for Redlands was senior Kaylee Jorgensen, who finished 17th overall for a spot on the Second Team All-SCIAC with her time of 24:25.09.
Third and fourth for the team was the youthful duo of junior Ellie Ramsey (reporter) and sophomore Carly Veasy with respective times of 25:15.66 and 25:37.60, placing them at 29th and 36th.
Shortly to follow was a blanket finish of final scorer and sophomore Sarah Shipway, freshman Brigit Laughlin, and senior Emily Guthormsen. The three all came in a second apart, with Shipway finishing at 25:47.93, Laughlin at 25:48.78, and finally Guthormsen at 25:49.34 to wrap up the Redland’s top-seven finishers for the women.
The top ten runners for the Bulldogs will continue to train for the next two weeks in preparation for the regional meet at Pomona-Pitzer College on Nov. 11. A chosen top seven men and women will compete against teams from the entire West Region in hopes of qualifying for the National Championship race.
photo courtesy of Redlands Bulldog photo editor, Halie West.