By Tilynn King/ Staff Writer
With their third meet behind them, the Vikings’ cross country team has a 2-week break before they compete in the Brubaker Invitational at Irvine Regional Park in Orange on Friday, Oct 9.
Sophomore Alexis Ceballos, a returning teammate who clocked in at 119th place in the state cross country championships last year, has been running since the 7th grade. Her motivation rises when encouraged by her teammates and from her sister, who cannot participate in athletic activity due to having a prosthetic leg. Laguna said, “She pushes me to do better.”
Along with early morning practices, the struggle to keep home, work and school life in order are top priorities for the teammates.
Kimberly Munoz, a freshman who ran in high school, decided to run for LBCC in June of this year.
Munoz said, “It’s all about good time management and I have that. I scheduled my classes and activities to work around cross country so everything is working out good this semester so far.”
Another teammate, Maisie Ahern, a freshman who played soccer in her adolescence, decided to be part of the team last year.
When it comes to managing the pressures and challenges that college can bring, she said, “It’s about having the right attitude.” Ahern and most of her teammates use self-motivation to keep them on the right track and finds comfort in hanging out with family and friends when she’s not running.
Freshman Asia Muldrow, who was the Vikings’ top runner for three weeks straight, has been running since the 7th grade and has adapted to morning practices this season fairly easily: “I’m used to morning practices from running in high school.”
She said she is inspired by her sister who was also a runner. Muldrow said, “I was inspired by all the trophies she won and I wanted those for myself.”
Teammates Sonnaca Luckey, a sophomore who has been running since 5th grade, Katherine Lopez, a freshman, and Malika Spencer, another freshman, say they all use self-motivation to keep them inspired to move forward this season.
The team share a bond beyond the field, meeting up for pasta and movie nights to gain personal relationships and relaxing together during spare time. The closeness they share can help push them during this season they agreed.
While the rest of the season is still ahead of them, the team says they feel strong.
On Sept. 18, the team took 17th among 24 teams, scoring 426 points in the SoCal Preview Meet at Mission Bay Park in San Diego. Muldrow captured 64th place with a time of 21:34.7, Luckey was 83rd at 22:04.9, Munoz took 93rd at 22:22, Spencer finished 103rd at 22:47.5, Ahern gained 143rd at 24:35.1 and Lopez placed 163rd at 26:10.4.