As the end to a successful season draws near for the women’s cross country team, their streak of accomplishment seems to be approaching a detour. After many successful meets, first place wins and record breaking races, the women’s team placed 11 out of 12 teams at the CCAA Championships.
“I’m happy with the way all of our girls gave it their all, we were hoping to place better, but somethings did not go our way,” said Maria Hurtado, a senior and captain of the team.
Even though this is the third time in the last four yearsthe Seawolves have placed 11th, their team seems to be stronger than before.
“This year our team is so much better and stronger, not only talent wise, but we all bring something to the table that makes our team positive and strong,” said Hurtado. “We believe in each other and we keep each other up. Our team dynamics just seems so much better than other teams.”
Despitelow placement at the CCAA Championships, spirits are high and there is still hope circling around their upcoming competition at the NCAA Division II West Regional Championships in Billings, Montana on Nov. 5.
“We fought especially hard during conference and am proud that we were able to take 11 place, which seems that we have improved from last year’s season. I know we will have a great race at Regionals in Billings Montana in a couple of weeks,” said Analicia Garcia.
Garcia placed 24 at the conference, this is the first time a woman from Sonoma State placed this high in six years.
“This season has been successful because we have so much support and care for one another to push each other to our full potential,” said Garcia.
On the opposing side of the meet, Chico State placed first for the ninth year in a row. With six of their seven runners placing in the top 10, they were a force to be reckoned with. With the invitational in Montana quickly approaching, the women’s positive outlook and appreciation for their teammates and coaches is shining through and making itself more present and noticeable.
“Both of our coaches are amazing and they seriously believe in us so much that it makes us want to run with more heart. If it was not for them I don’t think we could have been as successful as we have been this season,” said Hurtado.