Village News Reporter
The CIF San Diego Section cross-country championship meet took place Saturday, Nov. 12, on the Morley Field course in San Diego, and Fallbrook High School’s boys finished 15th among Division II schools.
“I think we’ve had a pretty successful day today,” Fallbrook head coach Marco Arias said. “I’m pleased. It actually made my day that we finished in that spot. Finishing up in the top 15, that’s not bad. We beat some teams.”
Division II had 19 teams. Cross-country team scores are obtained by adding the positions of a school’s first five finishers; the sixth and seventh runners are not scored but can add points to other schools’ totals. Fallbrook had 376 points. Southwest High School of El Centro had the 14th-place score of 366 points. Chula Vista High School placed 16th with 440 points.
The course was 2.96 miles. Mount Carmel High School senior Tom Bell won the race in 15 minutes, 16 seconds and 3 tenths. Fallbrook junior Jose Rivera finished 37th at 17:22.9.
“It was a good race. I pushed myself,” Rivera said.
Rivera had not run cross-country before this year.
“Now he understands what it’s going to take to make that next jump up,” Arias said.
A time of 18:23.3 gave sophomore Jaden Herrera 73rd place. Drew Tegt, who is a senior, had the 81st-place time of 18:45.0. The time for sophomore Timothy Rouse was 19:20.5, which was worth 91st place. Abraham Hughes took 94th place after the senior completed the course in 19:23.7. The 19:34.7 posted by junior Braden West gave him 99th place.
“For all these guys it was their first time running CIF,” Arias said.
Fallbrook’s seventh finisher, sophomore Daniel Wilson, was the lone Warrior to compete in both the 2021 and 2022 CIF meets. This year he finished 101st and had a time of 19:35.9. Wilson was also 101st in the 2021 CIF meet when his time was 19:37.8.
Two members of this year’s Fallbrook team ran at the CIF championship meet last year, but current sophomore Connor MacMillan was too ill to run Nov. 12. Rouse and Tegt were battling illness but completed the course at the championship meet.
Hughes had been on the team for three seasons, but the CIF meet only allows seven runners from each school and Hughes had previously not been one of Fallbrook’s top seven harriers.
“The one that had a great race was Abraham Hughes,” Arias said. “When he came out to us he was a 10-minute miler.”
Tegt, Hughes, Tyler Dudley and Daniel Macedo were the only seniors on this year’s team.
“Pleased where we finished, but excited where we’re going,” Arias said.