Although junior Miguel Aguilera is only in his first year of cross country, his hard work and consistency have paid off with steadily improving times.

Last week at the Cal Poly Invitational, Miguel medaled 17th overall with a time 19:26 on the hilly 3.1 mile course. Miguel's top time this year is an 18:15 for three miles against the East Sequoia League teams in Corcoran two weeks ago, which moved him up to the second position on the team behind JR Lopez. As Miguel gains experience, he has set his sights on faster times and has upped the level of training to meet his goals.

Miguel not only excels in running, but is a true scholar-athlete, earning straight A's and a GPA of 4.14.

Coach David Coles remarked, "Miguel strives for excellence both in my science class and on the cross country course. Although he is a very quiet person, he has this tremendous work ethic that will continue to take him to new levels, academically and athletically. I think he is just beginning to explore his potential as a runner and I expect that he will be a real force next year."

As the season nears its end, with the league championship meet Nov. 3 in Lindsay, Miguel would like to move ahead of several of the ESL opponents that placed just ahead of him at the last league race.

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