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September 24, 2004 > Tri-City High School Cross Country:

Tri-City High School Cross Country:

Mission, Irvington and Logan Runners Shine at De La Salle Invite

by Praveena Raman

The beginning of the fall season not only brings in the start of the academic school year, but also marks the beginning of a variety of seasonal sports, both at school and in the community. Cross country running is a popular fall high school sport which, with a bit of hard work and training, develops strength and stamina. It also fosters long lasting friendships as students train together.

Cross country teams in all Tri-City high schools have been training hard for the past month. Even though the area's dual meets start in October, some of the teams have been participating in the Northern California Invitational meets during September. On September 20th, runners from Mission San Jose, Irvington and Logan participated in the De La Salle/Carondelet invite in Concord, California. The competition was co-hosted by De La Salle and Carondelet High Schools, with 24 bay area schools participating. Each school was able to bring teams at three different levels: Varsity, Junior Varsity and Frosh/Sophomore.

A minimum of five runners at a particular level is required to form a team. When schools compete with less than five runners, each runner participates for individual standings. Teams can have no more than seven runners at the Varsity level. The other levels are not restricted. Even though runners from Logan High School participated in most levels, only the boys' Frosh/Sophomore level had enough runners to form a team. Irvington boys formed teams at all three levels, but only the girls' varsity had enough runners to form a team, whereas Mission San Jose, the Frosh/Sophomore level was the only one lacking enough runners to form a team.

As a team, the Mission Junior Varsity girls fared well, placing fifth in the final rankings. The Irvington's Boys' Varsity team ranked ninth, while Mission ranked 11th. In the Boys' Junior Varsity arena, Mission ranked seventh, while Irvington ranked 9th. Finally, in the boys' Frosh/Sophomore area, Irvington ranked 11th, while James Logan ranked 14th and Mission ranked 15th. In the girls' varsity, Mission ranked seventh while Irvington ranked 11th. None of the high schools had teams in the girls' Frosh/Sophomore area.

Some of the Logan and Mission runners placed within the first 10 in the overall rankings. Runners who earned top ten kudos were: Boys' Varsity - Joseph Gabhray (4th; Logan); Boys' Junior Varsity - Matt Cobbette (3rd; Logan); Girls Varsity - Liz Eve (9th; Mission); Girls' Frosh/Sophomore - Victoria Humphrey (3rd, Logan). Congratulation to all runners.

 
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