Thursday afternoon, The Breaker Cross Country Team traveled to Carmel Middle School in order to compete against Carmel Cross Country in a dual meet. The girls varsity race started at 4:00, the boys varsity race at 4:30 and the junior varsity race ran at 5:00. Overall the Breaker team did extraordinarily well and after hard-fought races arose victorious, winning across the board and continuing to remain undefeated in MTAL competition.
“They’re a tough competitor, they did very well against King City last week,” said Henry Loh, expressing concern on the bus ride to Carmel. Last week, as PG beat both Gonzales and Soledad, Carmel was equally as victorious against the notoriously exceptional King City team. Coach Steve Watkins was optimistic and betting on a competitive race. When asked about this year’s Breaker he described the team as, “superb, exceeding all expectations, all excellent runners”.
The top runners from each team, nervous and ready to clash, lined up to start their race. As the race was started, the runners were very careful to not use up all of their precious energy at once. Running at a modest pace for the first mile of the 2.96 mile course, all were fully aware that their energy would be much more crucial towards the final moments.
Although, the course is very flat, the terrain is rugged and unforgiving. The trail twists about trees, through patches of wood chips and dirt. Put simply, the course is far from an optimal place to run, the Carmel Cross Country Course is “full of potholes” as explained by Anna Stephanou after being asked about her run.
Towards the end of both varsity competitions, the race was really anybody’s game. At this point each runner chugged along, knowing that to be passed by a Carmel runner could mean to cause the entire team to lose. After quick finishes to two extremely competitive races, the boys and girls of Breaker Cross Country both took home a well-deserved victory, continuing to be undefeated.
Anna Stefanou won the varsity girls’ race, with an impressive time of 19:32, closely followed by Christina Hashimoto at 3rd place, earning a win with a nail-biting end-score of 26 to 29 (lower score wins in Cross Country). Henry Loh took the win of the varsity boys race at a speedy time of 15:56, Jacob Alt was close behind at 3rd and Everett Millette at 4th place, all helping to edge out Carmel by a score of 25 to 31.
Next week the Breakers have a dual meet against last year’s MTAL champions, Greenfield.