The Warriors took to the course with enthusiasm on a beautifully sunny 60 degree day. Many runners had high hopes going into the race because they knew the course was fast, having raced there during the 2018 campaign as well as earlier in 2019.
The women's team ran their finest race of the season, kicked off by a cracking 40 second personal best by Celeste Dinardo. She ran 20:22 over the 5 kilometer course. This time was an improvement from her track personal best as well. Then, the duo of Julia and Grace came in at 22:18. Julia ran over a minute faster than her 5K personal best, and Grace ran about a minute faster than her cross country 5K personal best. Then, Hannah Simon rolled in with a 2 minute personal best (25:07). Maggie Slavin and Maddie Gonzalez also finished strong in their season debut at the 5K distance. They worked together for the entire race. The women ended up 13th out of the 19 teams competing.
The men also came in strong with a season best from Alex Barreras (30:28), improving nearly an entire minute from the previous race. Arthur Scrima, Raul Deza, Luis Escobar, and Josiah Cumberbatch also finished well, with Deza running a big personal best (32:53). The men finished a solid 12th out of the 20 teams participating, despite missing their top runner Mason Smith, who is out with a knee injury. The warriors are excited to keep improving as they move toward championship races.