Below, Yreka High head cross country coach Pam Borg gives an overview on how the team fared at the elite Stanford Invite on Saturday.
"The Stanford Invite afforded us the opportunity to compete against some of the top 10 Division 4 teams in the state and out of the state. In the boys race, our team goal was to have the top 5 runners to get a team time of 83 minutes and place in the top three. Well, we won the race with a team time of 83:19, so we are happy with the outcome. Our team time bested fellow Northern Section D3 teams Chico by 4 minutes and Shasta by 6 minutes.
I thought their individual times might be faster but it seemed like the course was running a bit slower all day. However, the competition was enough to force us to compete at our highest level. I also had to remember it was our athletes first week of double-day workouts so this was exciting to think they ran as fast as the did under those circumstances.
We also had a few incidents that took place that affected our team overall performance; David Neill got closed in at the start (246 runners) and had to expend more energy over the first mile to get closer to the front pack, and we had Brenden Berry and Tyler Larsen get tripped up and both of them hit the ground and slid a bit before regaining their stride. Things like that actually are great teaching moments as they have to learn to overcome any obstacles in a race and mentally and physically deal with the issue in the moment. All three of these boys did a great job of dealing with it. Clayton and Matt Jochim started and stayed with the front pack throughout the first 2 1/4 miles before the front runners pulled away.
David made a fantastic efforts working his way back up to finish 19th and only 20 seconds behind his teammate.
Cody G and Jacob raced a smart race to stay competitive and help get the win for the Miners. Brenden Berry and Tyler recovered well to help displace some of the competition and keep our overall numbers low. The boys are very focused, training hard, and racing smart, if they continue this pattern we will be ready for the state Meet in late November.
The girls goals were to finish in the top 20, which they almost accomplished as the finished 21st.
Corina Lange has been our number one girl for the last few races and she didn't disappoint at this meet as she placed 89th in a tough field of female runners. Fellow teammates, Arianna Brooks and Mallory Ward stayed close as they finished within 27 seconds of Corina. Meri Krier, Cassie Day, Zoe Restine and Lillie Krier packed well and to cross the line in 22:35, 22;52, 23;18 and 23;19 respectively. The girls team time was 40 seconds faster than just a week ago at the Northwest Classic.
Page 2 of 2 - They too are on track to have a great showing at the State Championships."