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September 17, 2008 > Mission Valley Athletic League Cross-Country 2008

Mission Valley Athletic League Cross-Country 2008

By Idorenyin Uto-Uko

The 2008 Mission Valley Athletic League cross country season could be about as open and uneven as the trails which the teams run. Gone are last year's league champions Martin Mwangi of Newark Memorial and Beth Raymond of Washington. The two have taken their talents to strong Division I college programs. Mwangi, an All-NCS scholar-athlete in cross-county and track and field is competing for the Aggies of U.C.Davis. Raymond an All-NCS athlete in her own right decided to stay local and run for the upstart Spartans of San Jose State University.

Last year the Washington boys convincingly ran away with the MVAL Championship. They beat their nearest competitor American, by 40 points. The girls almost won a league championship of their own but lost to a tough Irvington team by one point.

Cross-Country is a unique sport. The lowest scoring team wins a meet or invitational. There are seven runners that may score on a given team. A runner's point is the place that they finish in a meet. The best score a team can finish with is 15 (first place to fifth).

The league is very exciting this season so mark your calendar to watch your favorite MVAL team. Below is the schedule for seven MVAL meets. Each team has a week of rest ("bye") from competition at some point in the season.

Meet # 1 Wednesday, September 24
Newark Memorial @ Irvington
James Logan @ Mission San Jose
Washington @ Kennedy
BYE American

Meet # 2 Wednesday, October 1
Kennedy @ Newark Memorial
Irvington @ Mission San Jose
James Logan @ American
BYE Washington

Meet # 3 Wednesday, October 8
American@ Irvington
Mission San Jose@ Kennedy
Newark Memorial @ Washington
BYE James Logan

Meet #4 Wednesday, October 15
Mission San Jose @ Washington
Kennedy @American
Irvington @ James Logan
BYE Newark Memorial

Meet #5 Wednesday, October 22
James Logan @ Kennedy
Newark Memorial @ Misson San Jose
Washington @American
BYE American

Meet # 6 Wednesday, October 29
Kennedy @ Irvington
Washington @ James Logan
American @ Newark Memorial
BYE Mission San Jose

Meet # 7 Wednesday, November 5
Irvington @ Washington
American @ Mission San Jose
Newark Memorial @ James Logan
BYE Kennedy

MVAL Cross Country Finals: Thursday November 13, 2008 @ Newark Memorial
NCS Meet of Championships: Saturday, November 22, 2008
CIF Cross Country Championships: November 29, 2008@ Woodward Park in Fresno

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