Photo by Edward Mahurien / Viking - Freshman Maria Sanchez races to the finish line at the South Coast Conference Championships at Heartwell Park on Friday, Nov.1. The Vikings placed seventh at the meet.
Photo by Edward Mahurien / Viking – Freshman Maria Sanchez races to the finish line at the South Coast Conference Championships at Heartwell Park on Friday, Nov.1. The Vikings placed seventh at the meet.

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.

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