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Girl’s Cross Country off to Hot Start

 

The WHS girls cross country team won its first meet of this season and hopes to build off a CIF appearance from last year.

“We made finals last year and our team is still similar,” said Ashley Chang ‘19. “I think we are capable of doing that again.”

The varsity team competed at the Ojai/Inside Track Invitational at Lake Casitas on Sept. 17, where the Juniors averaged the fastest time for their grade. With Marmonte League competition having begun last week, the Warriors will hope to continue from the momentum of their first win.

“Half the varsity [team] was sick or injured,” said captain Jen Ruffing ‘19. “But we pulled through it and still got a solid win.”

With the majority of the team returning soon, the ladies hope to continue their success and constantly improve themselves.

“Last year I ran 18:43 and this year I ran 18:47 on a longer course” said Ruffing. “We’re focusing more on quality during practice right now.”

Training coaches Chad Scott and Troy Burns have made sure that the Warriors stay in great shape, changing up the their’ workout routines at the beginning of the season. These changes have been beneficial so far, as the team has gotten off to a fast start.

“We tend to do a lot of workouts that are designed to increase our speed,” said Rebecca Schultz ‘20. “I think a lot of our success is due to the training that [Coach Scott and Burns] help us with.”

Schulze finished first place overall in the first meet of the Marmonte League this year at Agoura High School. She finished with a 18:31 time, 17 seconds faster than the next closest person. Maya Sharp ‘18 and Claire Robbins ‘19 also performed well and had sixth and 10th place finishes respectively to help Westlake pull off the win.

“We were all pretty nervous” said Ruffing. “We had to take on some schools that had great records on their time trials.”

Despite all the difficulties, WHS is still projected to place high in Marmonte and hopes make a repeat appearance in the CIF Finals.

“There’s a lot of pressure because we’re expected to be good,” said Chang. “But it’s

exciting.”

The girl’s next meet is a Marmonte League race at Newbury Park High School on Thursday Oct, 12.

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