Chargers Defend Home Turf
September 19, 2013
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Lennie Nelson | Staff Writer
September 19th, 2013
The Dos Pueblos Cross Country team won 3 of 4 divisions on the Dos Pueblos campus Wednesday afternoon in the first Channel League meet of the season. The 3 mile course was commemorated to former Boy’s coach Len Miller last Thursday. League members Ventura, San Marcos, Buena and Santa Barbara came to race, but they didn’t leave with much.
Carried by strong team tactics, the Girls varsity squad upset Ventura; the reigning Channel League champs. The final score was 23-49 with San Marcos coming in third. Captain Addi Zerrenner won for the third consecutive year on the home course in 17:54, in just her second week back from an injury. Freshmen Natalie McLure (18:14) and Christina Rice (18:30) finished 3rd and 5th, respectively. Also on the mend is junior Elaine McLure (18:32) who finished just behind Rice in 6th. Sealing the deal was Junior Tatianna Schluep (18:47) who finished 8th, before Ventura’s second runner.
The Boy’s varsity team had 4 of the top 6 runners and won with 25 points over Ventura’s 59. Senior Captains Cole Smith and Andrew McGuan led the charge by finishing 1-2 in 15:09 and 15:10. They gradually wore down Ventura’s best runners and left them in the last mile. Junior Chris Wasjutin and captain John Greening finished in 5th and 6th, both in 15:34. Scoring 5th for the Chargers was Ian Wasjutin (15:52) in 11th Place. The Boys team capitalized on the challenging course to gain advantage. As the other teams faltered in the last mile, the Chargers pack runners moved up aggressively. The team is currently ranked 5th for Division 2 in the State.
By finishing 1st, 3rd, 5th, 6th, and 9th, the Junior Varsity Boys trounced Ventura handily led by senior Phil Downey. The deep squad scored 24 points, by placing 12 in the top 17.
Senior Captain Bela Lafferty (20:27) broke up Ventura’s scoring group by finishing 2nd in the Girls JV race. The girls finished 2nd overall with 60 points.
The team will travel down to Costa Mesa this weekend for the Woodbridge Invitational, the 3rd largest Cross Country meet in the US. The Varsity Boys and Girls will run in the seeded races on Saturday night.