Jaguars Roar at BCL Championships

Waiting for the gun.

International High School’s Girls and Boys Cross Country team showed they have grits and heart yesterday while racing the BCL West Cross Country Championships in Golden Gate Park.  Under drizzling and cool conditions the boys varsity team toed the line for the Championship race.
Here come the Jaguars!

After a quick across the rain soaked fields of Lindley Meadow, senior captain, Adrian Franco worked his way into a top 20 position. Throughout the 5k race, Adrian moved up working between twelfth and fifteenth place, fighting for position. Ultimately, Adrian’s smooth running gait and beautiful form aided him in passing two rival runners in the finishing stretch. Adrian crossed the line in 13th place with a time of 18:37 to lead his team to a sixth place league finish with 154 points.

The Jaguar pack was in full effect throughout the race as senior Blade Varian led the charge for IHS runners 2 through 5. Blade crossed the line finishing 33rd in 20:36 with teammates Jack McElroy, Nick Xanttopolous and Henri Drake following in 35th, 36th and 37th respectively. Jack’s time: 21:10 (6:50 pace). Nick ‘s time: 21:16 (6:52) and Henri’s time: (21:16). Lucas Friedman (21:42) and Liam Fielding (24:36) rounded out the International varsity squad.

Season stats for the boys team.

Adrian Franco (Consistent, steady performances!)
10/30 – BCL Champs – 6:01 mile pace (3.1m)
10/21 – BCL Meet 3 – 5:59 ave mile pace (2.9m)
10/14 – BAC Challenge – 6:02 ave mile pace (3.1m)
10/7 – BCL Meet 2 – 6:13 ave mile pace (2.9m)
9/16 – BCL Meet 1 – 6:09 ave mile pace (3.1m)

Blade Varian (Consistent, strong efforts!)
10/30 – BCL Champs – 6:39 ave mile pace (3.1)
10/21 – BCL Meet 3 – 7:03 ave mile pace (2.9m)
10/14 – BAC Challenge – 6:37 ave mile pace (3.1m)
10/7 – BCL Meet 2 – 6:35 ave mile pace (2.9m)
9/16 – BCL Meet 1 – 6:45 ave mile pace (3.1m)

Nick Xanttopolous (Steady improvement!)
10/30 – BCL Champs – 6:52 ave mile pace (3.1)
10/21 – BCL Meet 3 – 6:56 ave mile pace (2.9m)
10/14 – BAC Challenge – 7:00 ave mile pace (3.1)
10/7 – BCL Meet 2 – 7:05 mile pace (2.9)
9/16 – BCL Meet 1 – 7:32 ave mile pace (3.1)
9/9 – College Prep – 7:29 ave mile pace (2.1)
 
Jack McElroy (Improving all season!)
10/30 – BCL Champs – 6:50 ave mile pace (3.1)
10/21 – BCL Meet 3 –  6:49 ave mile pace (2.9m)
10/14 – BAC Challenge – 6:54 ave mile pace (3.1)
10/7 – BCL Meet 2 –   6:59 mile pace (2.9)
9/16 – BCL Meet 1 –  7:10 ave mile pace (3.1)
9/9 – College Prep – 7:17 ave mile pace (2.1)

Henri Drake  (Huge Improvement!)
10/30 – BCL Champs – 6:52 ave mile pace (3.1)
10/21 – BCL Meet 3 – 6:47 ave mile pace (2.9m)
10/14 – BAC Challenge – 6:35 ave mile pace (3.1)
10/7 – BCL Meet 2 –    7:01 mile pace (2.9)
9/16 – BCL Meet 1 – 7:45  ave mile pace (3.1)

Lucas Friedman (Way to go Lucas!)
10/30 – BCL Champs – 7:00 ave mile pace (3.1)
10/14 – BAC Challenge -7:14 ave mile pace (3.1)
10/7 – BCL Meet 2 –  7:47  mile pace (2.9)
9/16 – BCL Meet 1 –  8:04 ave mile pace (3.1)
9/9 – College Prep – 7:49 ave mile (2.1)

Liam Fielding (Consistent!)
10/30 – BCL Champs – 7:56 ave mile pace (3.1)
10/21 – BCL Meet 3 – 7:37 ave mile pace (2.9m)
10/14 – BAC Challenge – 7:30 ave mile pace (3.1)
10/7 – BCL Meet 2 – 7:47 mile pace (2.9)
9/16 – BCL Meet 1 – 7:52  ave mile pace (3.1)

Maurice Jousselin (Great job, Maurice!)
10/21 – BCL Meet 3 – 7:33 ave mile pace (2.9m)
10/14 – BAC Challenge – 7:30 ave mile pace (3.1)
10/7 – BCL Meet 2 – 7:42 mile pace (2.9)
9/16 – BCL Meet 1 – 8:01 ave mile pace (3.1)

The next meet for the boys is the North Coast Section Cross Country championships in Hayward on November 22, 2008.

All photos are courtesy of Bruce Peltier – thank you Bruce!

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