Clark XC Crush Records in California

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Sacha Birdsong

The fast, flat course at the Woodbridge Invitational is where records are made and shattered each year. On September 17, 2021, the Clark cross country team made their way to Corona, California to run in the 40th Annual Woodbridge Cross Country meet where hundreds of schools and thousands of athletes competed. Seven varsity athletes placed, earning medals for Clark High School. The athletes were Jacob Futrell, Andrew Lausso, Jeremiah Davis, Charlotte Gillette, Aida Kiel, Sage Fernandez, and Vianey Toledo.

Clark teammates look forward to the Woodbridge race to break their personal records or “PR’s” each fall. The reason for such fast times? Not only is the course known for being fast and flat, but it is also much cooler and closer to sea level.

Charlotte Gillette was inspired by the sheer size of the event: “It was an eye-opening experience to see how many people are involved in cross country.” Gillete, who was the fastest girl on the Clark varsity team and placed forty-first overall, clocked a personal best of 20:03.0 on the three-mile course, a personal best. “My goal was to be under 21 minutes,” she said, “and to be the first on the team.” Teammate Aida Kiel finished less than one second behind Gillette, also a personal best.

Among the varsity boys, Jacob Futrell ran a personal best of 17:26. Like Gillette, this was his second time at Woodbridge and he looked forward to the fast, flat, and cool course. “We did great as a team and all pushed each other.”

After the race, the whole team rightfully celebrated with a full day of thrilling rides at Knott’s Berry Farm. As the regional and State competitions approach, we are so excited for our Cross Country Chargers to continue to show what they are made of!