More than 15 schools around the Bay Area gathered together to compete at Canyon Middle School in the 20th Annual Castro Valley Cross Country Invitational on Oct. 13.
Sophomore Carter Mackey rose above the stiff competition, placing fourth overall for the boys varsity team with a personal record of 16:45.
“I’m proud that I did well. It was my first time running this course in a real race so now I’m just ready to keep up my hard work and improve my race time,” said Mackey after his race.
On the girls varsity side, senior Gabby Von Euw, took 27th place with a personal record of 22:15. Trailing not too far behind Von Euw was senior Alyssa Granados, taking 31st with 26:03.
“I love running for CVHS, it keeps me in shape, keeps me motivated, I feel great after I run and best of all I get to run with my friends,” said Granados, who has been running with the cross country team for two years now.
Castro Valley’s varsity teams were not the only ones to come out with both guns blazing. The frosh/soph team made a huge dent in the competition when the girls won first place.
“I have been coaching most of these young ladies since they were in fifth grade and to now see them in high school doing so well it makes me proud to say I am their coach,” exclaimed Coach Raul Perez, who was overcome with joy when it was announced that Castro Valley won first place.
On Nov. 3, the Trojans will compete at Hayward High in the WACC Finals.