By Wendy Xiong, Clarion Staff
Kennedy Cross Country teams did an awesome job crossing the finish line in the Metro League Championship Meet, held October 24 at the North Laguna Creek Park.
At the Championship meet, Varsity Girls placed second and Kennedy’s top runner Nadia Vargas, (11) finished in 3rd place for the Girls’ Varsity race. The Freshman/Sophomore Girls took second place in the Metro League Championship with Joliese Alvarado, a sophomore, capturing 8th place in the race. The Varsity Boys took 5th place in their race, while the Freshman/Sophomore Boys grabbed 3rd place.
This year Cross Country for Boys and Girls season got off to a slow start, with a smaller number of runners and several gaps in the teams. The Frosh-Soph division for both the girls and the boys team had fewer runners racing this season and the Girls’ Frosh-Soph was mostly first year runners. There were also a number of injuries this year. Cross Country Varsity Boys had lost one of their best runners. The Girls Varsity teams was hindered by the lack of runners needed to fill in the gaps in the team.
An interview with coach James Bowles, a Sacramento native and Kennedy alum who ran for Track and Field and Cross Country JFK. James Bowles “figured what other way to give back and doing the same and coming back to coach, and give these young student athletes the same experiences that he had. He’s now coaching his ninth season in Cross Country (JV, V) and going into his ninth season coaching Track and Field.” Cross Country wants more runners to join for next year tryouts! “Anyone who thinks they can run, wants to get into shape for another sport, or wants to be fit and on top of there game should come out and try,” says Coach James Bowles, “Running is for anyone but not everyone. If you are willing to try and willing to work I guarantee you will be better than you imagined. That goes for anything in life. Problems are just opportunities for solutions.”