Recently, Redwood’s Girls Cross Country team has raced in two meets and the Boys Cross Country team have raced in one.
On Wednesday October 4th, both teams competed at the first WYL Cluster Meet of the season at Hickey Park in Hanford.
On Saturday, October 7, the top 14 runners from the girls team ran in the Annual Clovis Invitational at Woodward Park. The Clovis Invite is one of the biggest and most well known races in the state where teams come from all over to compete against the best of the best. The meet went on all day and had some really great races to watch.
All four Redwood teams that raced: girls, boys, JV, and Varsity, took first place for the Hanford meet.
Redwood Women’s JV team swept the top 6 times and all 13 runners placed in the top 17 out of all 38 competitors.
Redwood Women’s Varsity team were first out of all the 6 teams running and had three teammates take top 3 out of all 52 runners. The top three were Isabella Haberman, ’18, Kylee Dismuke, ’19, and Kate Phippen, ’18.
The Boy’s JV team demolished the competition with three runners placing in top four out of all 52 racers.
Boy’s Varsity team were first out of 7 teams and five runners placed in top 7 out of 68 runners.
Smiley Ramirez, ‘18, currently one of the top runners in the state, says, “In the Cluster meet, everyone ran well and dominated in their races. If we keep up the pace we running how well we are right now, winning WYL should not be a problem.”
At the Clovis Invitational, our Varsity Lady Ranger’s top 7 runners competed and placed 14th overall out of 29 schools. Haberman placed 33rd, Dismuke placed 54th, Phippen placed 62nd, Jenny Suarez, ‘18, placed 75th, Maria Barillas, ‘19, placed 101st, Alyssa Nunez, ‘19, placed 118th, and Victoria Nino, ‘21, got 137th out of 200 girls overall. For their first time at the Clovis Invitational, Redwood Women’s Varsity team competed really hard and placed very well. This meet has shown the team a sneak peek of what the course will be like for their next meet on Friday.
The next 8 runners on the Redwood women’s team competed on JV and did great for such a young team. JV got 10th overall out of 31 schools which is very impressive. Jackie Canchola, ‘21, placed 69th, Crystal Juaregui, ‘21, placed 72nd, Megan James, ‘19, placed 102nd, Sophia Dominguez, ‘20, placed 106th, Krissy Hetherington, ‘21, placed 138th, Abby Phippen, ’21, placed 154th, and Paola Guerrero, ‘20, placed 206th out of 306 girls total.They prove to be a tough team to beat and yet still have so much training ahead of them.
For most girls that raced on Saturday, this was their first time ever racing at Woodward Park. For others, they’ve raced on this course many times, but that doesn’t make it any easier.
Kate Phippen says, “This is one of my all time favorite courses because it is usually a fast race with not much grass or flat ground.”
Jauregui says, “Since this is my first time running this course, it was challenging, different, and something new but that didn’t stop me from competing well.”
Haberman says, “I have a love/hate relationship with the course. I love it because I know the course and all our big races are held there. I hate it because I have to run up the big hills during the second mile.”
For Isabella Haberman, this was her first week racing due to transfer rules. Haberman previously attended Mt. Whitney, but once her coach moved to Redwood, she decided to also transfer. At the meet, she came out and performed really great proving to be a huge threat to other schools. Haberman said, “I’ve been waiting to race with the girls for a month now but it feels good to have some friendly competition and push each other to our limits.”