Team medals in nation's largest meet

A two day meet, 12,000 participating runners, 90 races and a three hour drive couldn't upset the Monarchs' own "Speedy Gonzalez."

Allison Gonzalez once again sprinted through the finish line at the front of the pack. This time she did it at the largest cross country invitational in the nation; the Mt. Sac Invitational in Walnut, Ca.

In the Division 4 varsity girls race, the Monarch girls team, led by Gonzalez and senior Abby Cochran, captured second place among 25 teams. Despite two top 10 finishes, the Monarchs were beat out by Palos Verdes High School whose runners all finished in the top 25. The Monarchs' 91 point score managed to beat out local Central Valley Christian, 120, in third place.

Gonzalez in first place finished strong in 19:56 while Cochran took sixth place in 20:34. Kelly Curtis followed with a quick 21:14 finish in 13th place.

In the same race, Rachel Mitchell finished up in 26th place in 22:18 while Alyssa Stone took 56th with 24:01. Sandra Pablo took 78th (25:51) and Arielle Middleton finished in 81st place (26:06) to bring the Monarchs' to their second place finish.

The Monarch boys also took on the hilly course in the Division 4 varsity race. Brandon Sutton led the team with a 17th place finish (17:31). Jordan Cavanagh followed close behind in 19th place (17:39). Willy Rosales finished up in 35th place in 18:27. Dustin McAlpine (20:15), Clayton Reynolds (20:18) and Will Brown (21:32) rounded out the team score, placing 84th, 86th and 114th. The boys left the invitational in sixth place.

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