The Frontier Academy Cross Country team competed in the Stanford Invite this past weekend in Palo Alto, CA. The meet took place with great weather at the historic Stanford Golf Course. There were 14 total races on the day between high school and college.
The first team to compete was our athletes running in the Division 4 Varsity boys race. This race set the tone for a great day of racing for the Wolverines. Leading the charge was Sophomore Seth Gutierrez with a fantastic race where he ran a time of 17:26. Gutierrez was aggressive throughout the race and continued to move up as the race unfolded. He continues to become a better racer each week. Following him was Freshman Noah Baca who continues to climb the ranks of the top 10 freshman list in Frontier Academy Cross Country history. He ran an exceptional race that led to a time of 18:05. Other PR’s in the Division 4 Varsity race were Freshman Cade Branum (18:46), Freshman Keller McBride (19:17), and Junior Adian Frey (19:31). Branum and McBride are two more reasons this Freshman class might be the best in school history. Both also bring leadership beyond their years.
Following the boys was the Division 4 Varsity girls race. This race was led by the 1-2 punch of Sophomore Emma Murphy (22:10) and Junior Sarah Ellis (22:16). Not far behind and breaking through 23 minutes for the first time was Junior Therali Merry in 22:57. This was a huge accomplishment for her and well deserved for the amount of work she has put into get to this point.
At high noon the Seeded Varsity boys took to the course. They were running against many of California’s best schools with school sizes well over five times the size of Frontier Academy. However, it didn’t stop the Wolverines from the battle. Well as luck would have it, it took two restarts of the race before the race officially started because of falls in the first 100 meters. Once the race finally got going it was Senior Jesse Hayward leading the way. He was on a mission for the day but I am not sure if even he expected what would happen next. By the end of the race he had broken the school record and became the first Wolverine to break 16 minutes during the regular season with his time of 15:58. This was just one more outstanding performance for an already great season for Hayward. Next to come in were Junior Jaden Davis (16:43), Senior Keegan Wiles (16:49), and Sophomore Sylas Chambers (16:51). For Wiles and Chambers it was their first time under 17 minutes. Wiles continues to impress and leave it all out on the course and displays so much heart as he helps push his teammates through his racing. The fifth man on the day was Freshman Sebastian Groom who ran 17:14. That now ranks as the number one time in school history for freshman. Groom continues to show he is not afraid of competition no matter the grade level.
The Seeded Varsity girls race followed next. The Wolverines only ran five girls in the race which meant all of them factored into team scoring. Leader of the pack fell to Sophomore Audrynn Street. Before the day Street’s PR was 20:01 by the end of the day her new PR was 18:45. Yes, a whole 1:16 improvement. Street ran on a new level on Saturday and showed she compete with the best. She was followed by Junior Julia Brown in 19:10. This was another great race for Brown and her season. Third runner on the day was Freshman Charlotte Granrud. She had her best race of the season (20:04) as she moved up and continued to pick off athletes. This was a breakout race for her as she learned what she is capable of. She was followed by Freshman Lexi Angus in 20:16. Both girls are just getting started and will continue to make a name for themselves in the near future. Gutsiest performance of the day came from Junior Samantha Angus who finished the race to help the team score. Feeling less than her best she battled through and showed a lot of determination. She is definitely someone you want on your team.
Besides the race, the weekend provided an excellent chance for the team to bond and continue to connect. They hopefully left the weekend with memories that will last a lifetime.