With another week behind them, the Monarch cross-country team is advancing yet again.

Coach Isaac Gonzales took both the boys and girls varsity teams to the Central Section Valley Meet on Wednesday, Nov. 10.

The girls advanced to the State meet as a team by taking second place in the Division IV race. The team came up a mere 8 points behind Templeton High School with a score of 50.

The boys team finished their season by taking fifth place in the meet with 178 points. Only Jordan Cavanagh who led the team qualified to continue on in the state meet as an individual.

Junior Abbey Cochran led the girls squad taking second place in the 3.1 mile race just behind Templeton's Ali Simpson. Cochran finished in 20:31.

Freshman Allison Gonzales finished the course in fifth place behind runners from Templeton and Corcoran, Kelly Wimmer and Paloma Dominguez. Gonzalez clocked in at 20:57, a step off from her average.

Senior Kelly Curtis ran through the finish line in 8th place at 21:23.

Exeter's Rachell Mitchell finished up in 16th place (22:43) and Alyssa Stone (23:01) followed close behind in 19th.

Junior Sandra Pablo finished 39th out of the 87 runners at 24:45.

And finishing up for the Monarchs, Freshman Arielle Middleton sprinted in at 25:05 in 45th place.

The second place finish leaves the Monarchs still looking for their first Valley Title since 1996. Having the team continue on to this week's meet is an improvement from last year when Cochran and Brandon Sutton were the only Monarchs to race in the State meet.

This year, the boys squad will once again send a single runner to the State Meet. Junior Jordan Cavanagh finished in ninth place at Wednesday's meet to qualify for the Sate competition with a 3.1 mile time of 17:28.

Brandon Sutton ran in second for the Monarchs. He took 22nd place in his final high school race with a time of 18:48. Junior Willy Rosales followed up Sutton in 35th place at 18:47. Dustin McAlpine ran on Rosales' heels, taking 36th place in 18:49. Freshman Clayton Reynolds finished in 20:13 in 76th place out of 118 runners while William Hammerslaugh took 82nd in 20:32.

Freshman William Brown closed his first season in 104th place in 22:08.

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