By Edward Mahurien / Managing Editor
It was a young team that kept improving as the year went on, but they didn’t improve enough to qualify for the SoCal regional cross country meet. A tough women’s cross country season ended Friday Nov. 1 at Heartwell Park, adjacent to the LAC.
Not even the familiar confines could help the Vikes, but Coach Karen Vigilant-Goodman was enthusiastic about the strides her all-freshman team made. “We had a few people that set personal records, so they improved,” Vigilant-Goodman said.
Destinie Hernandez was the fastest Viking of the day finishing 40th with a time of 21:34, Alexa Zaragoza followed placing 45th with a personal best time of 22:06. Zaragoza credited the familiar course for her personal record.
“We’ve done this course a billion times, literally, a billion times. It felt kind of easy for me being a flat course, usually the other courses are up hills and I don’t do well with hills,” Zaragoza said. A quartet of Vikes came in 58th through 61st.
Tiffany Pulido finished top of the group with a time of 23:11, Whitney Luna came in right behind her with 23:13, Joceline Clemente was clocked at 23:18 and Yogledi Quevado came in at 23:32. Maria Sanchez was the final Viking to cross the finish line in 64th with a time of 23:40.