November 25 , 2017
Underdog Girls Survive Battle of Attrition to Win State Championship; Boys Add to Streak with Surprising 5th Place Finish
It was not easy, and it certainly was not pretty. Rather, the fight for the 2017 girls' cross country state championship title went 15 rounds.
Just as the season began, 4-year varsity veteran and team captain Hannah Ruane (18) was hampered by a persistent, and seemingly mysterious knee ailment. After several attempts to rest and return, the defending individual league champion received the devastating news that her season would be cut short due to an unusual anterior tibial stress fracture.
Ruane held her disappointment in check and encouraged her teammates not to give up on their quest for the state title that had eluded them since her freshman season. Another vital ingredient to the girls' aspirations was also experiencing setback however: Emma Overell (18), who had shown exciting potential in her season debut, was sidelined for over a month by chronic tendonitis. So frustrating was the ordeal, Overell considered resigning her spot on the team.
Added to these individual struggles was the impact of historically poor air quality resulting from northern California wildfires in early September and then again, in more devastating fashion, in early October. For the 1st time in coach Chuck Woolridge's career, practice sessions were limited to indoor activities. On one particular day, the team spent its afternoon session running laps, 104 to be precise, around the inside of the multi-use room.
And then the arduous turned nearly ludicrous. After a breakthrough victory at the Capital Cross Challenge that earned her a top 10 state ranking followed by a huge personal best at the Roughrider Invitational to lead her team to an impressive win, Jenna Miles (18) concussed herself against a locker door after reaching down to pick up a text book. The senior star's rise was abruptly halted as she was restricted from physical activity for 2 weeks.
Somehow, the squad continued to throw punches.
Check out pictures and results of the 2017 CIF Championships HERE!
November 18 , 2017
Miles Leads Girls to 5th-Consecutive NCS Crown; Buckley 2nd for Runner-up Boys
After a conservative start, Jenna Miles (18) steadily moved up through the field of the girls' division 3 race at Saturday's North Coast Section championships. By the midway point of the 3.0 mile distance, she had overtaken teammate Isabella Chao (18), who had been holding on to 2nd place behind Redwood's Gillian Wagner.
Check out 2017 NCS results and pictures HERE!
November 4 , 2017
Cougars Sweep Team Titles; JV Boys Claim Top 7 Places to Rout Field; Chao Sisters Take 2 at League Championships
As competitors neared the mile mark in the junior varsity boys' race at Saturday's DAL cross country championships on the Hidden Valley Park course, College Park's Jake Heinlein and Northgate's Patrick Thierry were the league's last hope for breaking up Campolindo's pack of 7 and spoiling a perfect score.
Check out complete 2017 DAL Championship photos and results HERE!
October 26 , 2017
FS Girls, JV Boys Tally Perfect Scores at Final Regular Season Meet; D'Iorio's Late Surge Saves JV Girls' Undefeated Season
As they have done all season, the frosh soph girls set the tone at Wednesday's final regular season competition by grabbing the top 5, and 7 of the top 8, finishing places against the rest of the league on the short and fast Newhall Park course in the 1st race of the meet.
Check out complete DAL Center Meet #2 results HERE!
October 21 , 2017
Chao Rockets to Time Trial Record 4:57; Chambers Bests Seed Mark by 8 Seconds
With a thrilling final lap, where she challenged eventual winner Cameron Iniguez-Reyes (19) down the backstretch, Isabella Chao (18) laid claim to the fastest 1600m time ever run by a female athlete at the annual team time trial event held in Bob Wilson Stadium on Saturday.
Check out complete 2017 Time Trial results HERE!
October 13 , 2017
Rosiak Leads FS to Victory at Roughrider
With a strong push at the half-way point, Jessica Rosiak (21) moved passed several of her teammates to claim "top gun" status in the frosh soph girls' race at Saturday's Roughrider Invitational on Woodward Park's 2.1 mile course. Rosiak, who finished 3rd overall, was at the front of a train of teammates who swarmed the 1st 10 finishing places.
Check out complete Roughrider results HERE!
October 7, 2017
Rookies Outmaneuver Vets, Dominate Annual HVP Orienteering Championships
Using a generous staggered start to his advantage, rookie Alec Driver (21) out ran and out witted his more seasoned teammates to capture the overall victory at Saturday's annual Orienteering Championships at Hidden Valley Park. Expertly navigating the varied terrain, Driver found each control point and returned to the start in 49 minutes and 45 seconds, just 1 second ahead of veteran champion Nolan Wilson (20).
Check out results and pictures of the Orienteering Championships HERE!
September 30, 2017
VG Wins Seeded Division while Both FS Squads Earn Trophies at Capital Cross
In their 1st-ever appearance at the Capital Cross Challenge hosted by the Sacramento Running Association on the Haggin Oaks Golf Course, the Cougars enjoyed a break from technical terrain, claiming team titles in the varsity girls' seeded race, and both frosh soph small school races.
Check out complete Capital Cross Challenge Invitational results HERE!
September 27, 2017
Varsity, JV Boys Defend Streaks; Cougars Sweep Team Battles at First Center Meet
With sensational individual efforts leading the way, the Cougars put their best feet forward at the opening of the 2017 DAL season at Hidden Valley Park on Wednesday, scoring victories over every team in each division.
Check out all of the DAL Center Meet #1 results HERE!
September 16, 2017
Girls Land 2 Podium Spots at DLS Invite
Both the varsity girls' and junior varsity girls' squads earned 2nd place finishes at Saturday's De La Salle Invitational at Newhall Park while the frosh soph girls' team finished 4th overall.
Check out results and pictures of the 2017 DLS Invite HERE!