This past Saturday the Sun Warriors returned to the City after starting the year with suburban and down state meets, running the Zi Invitational at Washington Park. The Zi not only provides the opportunity to run against some great competition, but also provides for the opportunity to get on the same course where the City Championships will be held in three short weeks.
Setting the tone from the beginning were the F/S girls. The great class of sophomore girls continued to improve, led by Giselle Tena’s two minute PR. Not far behind were fellow sophomores Ana Garcia, Teresa Dominguez, and Ivette Camacho, separated by only three seconds and all running personal bests. This strong effort allowed all four girls to earn medals, and more importantly, showed the power of pack running. Next to cross the finish line was freshman Aryam Jaimes, followed by the sophomore tandem of Marley Vargas and Sophia Martinez helping to close the back door and secure a fifth place finish. On the Varsity level the girls continued to improve finishing ninth out of twenty eight teams. Finally, in the open race, freshmen Lizeth Valle and Aranely Avalos maintained their positive trajectory as both ran PRs.
The F/S boys, fueled by the strong performance of the F/S girls, also ran a strong race. A week after placing second at Argo, the boys followed it up with a third place finish. Even more impressive is that they truly showed their depth having two new faces in the scoring top five with Russel Cano and Christian Chaidez joining Brandon Galicia, Martin Barrientos, and Lorenzo Rivera. On the Varsity end, juniors David Hernandez and Robert Perez solidified themselves as a great 1-2 punch. Coming on strong was fellow junior Omar Luis with his first sub-19 minute performance of the season. Look for Luis to continue to improve and join the ranks of Hernandez and Perez by seasons end. Not to be outdone, big PRs were had by sophomores Luis Lemus (47 seconds) and Rene Macedo (almost 2 minutes), along with senior Juan Tena (51 seconds).
Nice job to all the runners and go get ‘em this weekend at the inaugural Solorio Sun Warrior Invitational. The racing kicks off at 8:00 with the middle school girls race and high school races start at 9:00 with the F/S girls. Please join us for what is sure to be a wonderful day at the Marquette Park Golf Course!