As far as the Cross Country season goes, the Regional Championships is the end all be all. This is where you get your chance to make the State Championships, and as far as the Pomona Cross Country team was considered, they wanted to be that underdog who makes it to the big dance.
The girls team led things off at a unusual race time of 12pm down in Highlands Ranch. Boosting a full yet not 100% healthy line up for the first time in a month, the girls would like to make a little more noise than they had been. The course would prove to not be very easy as 50% of it was a very fine sand. Leading the girls would be Rylie Dix and Mary Mansfield. The girls duo would finish 24:20 and 24:24 respectively for 72nd and 73rd place. The Pomona girls would pair up the rest of the way, Ashley Basset and Melia McSherry running 25:56 and 26:03 for 85th and 86th places. Amanda Gurule and Christine Mansfield finishing in 27:35 and 27:51 for 92nd and 93rd place. Allyssa Mansfield got the chance to lace them up again, dealing with a leg injury all season. Mansfield ran a tough race for 96th in 28:17. Rounding out the Pomona girls would be Alyona Filatova and Ashley Ewing in 29:36 and 29:52 for 100th and 101st place.
The girls team would place 11th out of 12 teams at the meet and would not qualify anyone for the State Championships. The girls look to work hard towards the Track season and come back next fall to establish their place in the Cross Country rankings.
The boys looked to play the spoiler as well, being led by Senior Malachi Blaszkowski running 18:42 for 46th place. This would be Blaszkowski’s final Cross Country race as he nor the boys team would qualify for the State Championships. Blaszkowski would run a great first half of the race, moving up to 25th place but the course and the competition would overcome the senior and push him out of a place for the state meet. Following the senior would be Cody Ohlson for 66th place in 19:15, as well as another senior Cristian Buckner placing 73rd in 19:43. Rounding out the scoring for the boys would be Salvador Vialpando in 20:28 for 83rd place, Andrew Repasy (21:20, 92nd), Thomas White (21:27, 93rd), and Dylan Vanderveen (21:53, 96th). Also competing for the boys would be freshman Zach Hogue and Andrew Bowlen running 22:41 and 23:02 for 98th and 103rd places respectively.
The boys team would place 10th out of 12th, missing out on a chance to place 8th by being out kicked at the line. The boys team will look to replace two seniors in the top 7 next year and continue to grow as a team and start to make their mark in the region.