Warriors cross country gathered at Hart Park on Nov. 8 to compete in the SYL League Finals. THS cross country experienced some great finishes and some disappointment as the meet went on.
The JV girls were first to compete for THS on the 2-mile course and had a very good day, tallying 54 points to claim 2nd place in the league, falling only to Ridgeview. Cloie Sharp (15:48) led the way, finishing 7th overall and medaling in the run. Lydia Silitonga (16:18) continued her late season surge, finishing 9th overall and also medaling. Elodie Guerin (16:27) had another solid performance as she was the third Warrior to finish.
Opting to not run at the frosh/soph level, the young team moved into the JV division, where they also ran the 2-mile course and turned in a spectacular day, scoring 42 points to finish 2nd in league, also to the dominating Ridgeview team. Still, freshman standout Travis Sturckow (11:31) turned in another stellar run, finishing 2nd overall and medaling for his efforts. Sophomore Mitchell Poulson (11:50) again continued his outstanding season, finishing 5th overall and also medaling. Sophomore Axel Inzunza (12:36) saw his late season surge grab a 7th place finish and a league finals medal also.
The Varsity girls weren't so lucky. Battling late-season injuries and sickness, the valiant ladies put there heart into the finals and finished the season 5th overall. Losing 4-year varsity runner Reilly Moomey to torn ligaments in her foot, sister and freshman standout Ella Moomey (23:00), battling severe shin splints, still managed to be the first Lady Warrior to cross the line on the 3-mile course. Junior Jo Trillo (23:44), still coming back from a mid-season illness, followed. Junior Lucy Coe (23:56), running on a foot injury issue, was the 3rd Lady Warrior to finish. Junior Lexi Perry (25:31) and Araya Yupraphat (26:36) battled congestion. The only truly healthy THS runner, Liberty Shaub, posted a respectable (25:34) in her run.
Coming to the line to run the 3-mile course, the Varsity boys put it all on the line running a solid line up that hasn't been able to be full all year. The Warrior boys ended SYL League scoring 119 points and finishing 5th. Senior Brandon Janney (17:48) was the first Warrior finishing 14th overall. Senior Nate Pumphrey (18:29) once again turned in a very respectable run, and was next for THS. Senior AJ Barnes (19:35) followed to help the Warrior cause. All three seniors were a constant group all year as the Warriors had to almost weekly shuffle the line-up to get the best efforts.
Warriors cross country will travel to Woodward Park on Thursday, Nov. 17 to compete in the CIF Sectionals (Valley Finals) as the season winds to a close.