For the first time in over a decade, both the Boys and Girls Cross Country teams from RVHS will advance to CIF prelims. Inland Valley League XC Finals took place this past Wednesday at Andulka Park in Riverside, and the Mustangs were in top form. The RVHS Boys JV team finished 2nd in the IVL this season, led by freshmen Trevor Nguru (17:04) and sophomore Cesar Hinojosa (17:12). Mustang Girls JV finished 3rd in league. led by sophomores Alisia Cooke (22:37) and Sabrina Bastidas (23:14). All four of the top JV runners for Rancho Verde will be joining the varsity team for CIF.
The Mustang Girls Varsity XC squad finished 3rd in the IVL (top 3 teams in league advance to CIF) for 2015, and had 6 runners who either PR’d, Course PR’d;, or Season PR’d. Freshman Ayleen Orduno (19:00) finished 4th overall in the G. Varsity race (1st for RV) and set a school record for the 2nd fastest time in RVHS XC history behind current Mustang assistant coach Ana Mendoza (17:51 Class of 2005). Freshmen Rebekka Bogan (19:26) finished 9th overall and was only 2 seconds off of her PR. Both Orduno and Bogan earned all league patches for their respective Top 10 finishes at league finals.
Boys Varsity finished 3rd at league finals in one of the closest races in recent memory. The Mustangs finished only 2 points behind Valley View and North who tied for 1st place. Senior Miguel Vasquez led the way for RV, by posting a time of 16:10 to finish 5th overall and set both Season and Course PRs. Freshman Lorenzo Orozco (16:21) PR’d for the course by 17 seconds to finish 9th overall and earn all league honors as well. In total for the Mustangs, there were 12 PRs, 8 Season PRs, and 19 Course PRs.
Congrats to all the Mustang Coaches and Athletes on a banner Cross Country season, and special thanks to Coach Winter for providing all the highlights for this article.