NHS, Thacher run to state
by Ken Reeves
Senior Bessie Hatch became the first Thacher runner to capture
an individual CIF title in cross country by running away with
the Division V title in a time of 18:25, a 30 second personal
best on the challenging Mount San Antonio College course. Bessie
led from wire to wire, winning by a margin of 41 seconds, making
her the second-fastest Ojai girl to ever run the ount SAC course,
behind the legendary four-time CIF champion from Nordhoff, Elaine
Canchola. Hatch, a participant in the state championships in
her freshman year, will return to the Woodward Park course as
one of the favorites to capture the Division V individual state
The Nordhoff Ranger girls joined Hatch in returning to their
November home away from home. After a one year absence, the
Nordhoff girls will once again be toeing the starting line at
the California State Championships.
Sophomore Allysa Robinson helped lead the charge on Saturday
at Mount SAC. Allysa's lifetime best time of 19:06 earned her
a ninth-place finish in the Division III girls race while helping
Nordhoff to secure the seventh and final qualifying spot for
the state meet.
Alexa Pulley was the second Ranger finisher at 20:04, just a
few steps in front of senior, Kate Krumpschmidt.
Freshman Kalie Brown, a recent addition to the varsity squad,
turned in a huge performance to finish in 20:17. Junior Lindsay
Hewett rounded out the scoring for the Rangers by finishing in
20:45. Lauren Lansing and Julie Kentosh were the sixth and seventh
runners for the state- bound Rangers.
On the boys' side, both Thacher and Nordhoff finished their season
at the CIF finals. For Nordhoff, this was their 13th straight
year in the finals. The Rangers, led by senior Austin Magill,
were 12th, while the Toads were able to secure the 13th spot.
Bel Lepe was the first Toad to cross the line at 17:15, just
two seconds in front of teammate Matthew O'Meara. Ben Babbot,
Troy Pollet and Nathan Parker rounded out the scorers for Thacher.
Santa Clara, the Frontier League champions this past season,
were able to come home with the runner-up trophy in this division,
while Flintridge Prep secured the team title.
For the Rangers, there is much hope for the future. While three-
year varsity letterman Austin Magill will graduate, sophomores
Dieter Duran (16:44) and Evan Jenkins (16:47) both broke the
17-minute barrier. Juniors Brent Baker (17:54) and Chris Grant
(18:04) were the final two scorers. Sophomore Carlos Gomez also
ran a lifetime best of 18:16.
The division winner was Barstow, running a time of 79:09.
Next week, it is on to Fresno for the girls. Hatch will make
her run for the state championship Saturday.
The Rangers will step up to the starting line at 11:10 a.m. for
their annual experience.
On another running note, Mary Biggs, former Nordhoff and Ventura
High cross country runner, was the No/ 1 finisher for the Ventura
College Pirates as the Pirates finished sixth at the State Community
College meet on Saturday.
Danny Bolanos, a state qualifier for the Rangers last year, was
the No. 3 runner for the Pirates as the men's team finished 11th
in the state.
© 2002 The Ojai Valley News
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