ROCKVILLE — The Monticello Empire League cross country regular season came to a close, Wednesday, and the Armijo High teams are on a roll.
The Indians won all four meets against Rodriguez at Rockville Hills Park with only the varsity girls meet being close at 25-32 in favor of Armijo.
The Indians varsity boys prevailed 23-36 behind Rohan Saini, who won the race on the 3.1-mile course in 17 minutes, 16 seconds. Teammate Alec Woodson was fourth in 18:09, with Andres Rivera-Cruz (fifth, 18:16), Kyle Catapusan (sixth, 18:28) and Juan Martinez (seventh, 18:28) rounding out Armijo’s top 5 runners.
The Mustangs’ Anthony Vogliano was second in the boys race in 17:21, while teammates Jesse Jones (third, 17:46), Mitchell Velasquez (18:39), Marcos Moreno (10th, 19:02) and Francisco Pantoja (14th, 21:39) completed Rodriguez’s lineup.
In the girls competition, Rodriguez’s Halle Sullivan ran away with the event, clocking in at 20:12, with fellow Mustang Makenzie Alspaw finishing second in 21:30. Andrea Hernandez (eighth, 22:51), Emma Vogliano (10th, 25:21) and Heighley Doria (11th, 26:19) rounded out Rodriguez’s top 5 runners.
Armijo’s Gabriella Nathan-Funk (21.30) was third, and was followed by teammates Kirah Overman (fourth, 21:31), Leslie Gutierrez (fifth, 22:34), Amanpreet Kaur (sixth, 22:34) and DaJanae Williams (seventh, 22:39).
Armijo coach Dave Monk likes the way his teams look heading into next Wednesday’s MEL Championships at Lagoon Valley Park in Vacaville.
“It’s encouraging to see the depth we’ve got in the second year of the program (with Monk as head coach), the level of work the kids put in,” Monk said. “Our focus is now on the league championships next week. We race Saturday (at the Mt. SAC Invitational) and then next Wednesday for the league meet.”
Monk thinks both varsity teams should be right near the top when all the runners cross the finish line.
“I’m really encouraged with all four divisions,” the coach said. “The varsity boys lost a close one-point dual to Wood and lost by three to Vacaville, and our No. 1 guy didn’t score for us that day. We look forward to the matchup up with them next.
“With the girls, we are looking for a league title. If we win league meet, we can be co-champs with Vacaville. We are really excited to make a run at a league title. The frosh-soph kids seem like they are getting better every week.”
Armijo won both the frosh-soph meets as well, Wednesday, the boys earning a 15-40 victory with Rodriguez not fielding a full team, and the girls prevailing 17-46.
The Indians’ Brendan Erwin won the 2-mile boys race in 16:40 and Armijo’s Soso Amatoru took the girls frosh-soph race in 19:25.
“The frosh-soph kids seem like they are getting better every week,” Monk said. “The frosh-soph boys haven’t lost in league (this season). They have done it in a dominant fashion. And the frosh-soph girls are running strong. I’m really excited about their futures.”
Rodriguez coach Tracy Cordes said she just wants her team to be ready for the league meet at Lagoon Valley.
“We’re just trying to stay healthy,” Cordes said. “We had a couple of kids out his week. We want to stay healthy, work hard and try our best.”