As the sun came up over Washington Park, the Sun Warriors came out in full force with their best showing ever in the City Championships with both boys and girls Varsity teams finishing 8th. In a true team performance, the girls were led by their top three of Mariah Torres, Deisy Garcia, and Ruth Garcia. Coming into the race, junior Yaritza Saucedo knew she had to solidify the fifth spot for the ladies. She did just that, running a time of 21:30. Also running truly great races for the Sun Warriors were the injured Esther Franco and fellow seniors Erica Franco. Both showed their toughness and why they are in the top seven.
The boys exceeded all expectations with their 8th place finish. Losing six out of last year’s top seven runners due to graduation, many on the outside thought the team would drop dramatically from their 7th place finish in 2014. To the surprise of many, a young crop of new boys have bought in and put their hard work on display. Leading the way was junior captain Jesus Rivera. Similar to Saucedo in the girls race, Rivera knew that the one minute gap between number four runner Robert Perez and himself was far too much. Even with Perez running a great race, Rivera was able to lower that gap to 30 seconds, running a huge PR and going sub 18.
Although the Varsity race gets the most attention at a championship caliber meet, the true depth and grit of the Sun Warriors was on display from the freshmen girls race all the way through the open boys. Whether it was seeing ten freshmen girls competing together or the open boys leaving it all on the course, it was a truly special day to be affiliated with Solorio. Congratulations to both teams on their performances and good luck at Riverside Brookfield on Saturday as the state series kicks off with Regionals.