The 63rd edition of one of the nation’s premier high school cross country meets, the Mt. SAC Cross Country Invitational took place earlier today. Athletes navigated the tough hills of the three mile course to perfection, including a number of record-breaking performances.
In the girl’s team sweepstakes race, freshman Sarah Baxter of Simi Valley went to the front from the start and crushed the field on her way to a time of 16:41, breaking Jordan Hasay’s freshman course record by seven seconds. Foster ran faster than defending California Division I state champ Molly Grabill did in the individual sweeps race, so watch out for that match-up at the state meet on November 27. Another freshman Emma Abrahamson from La Costa Canyon was second individually and led her squad to the team sweepstakes championship with 103 points, just edging out Great Oak by four points.
The boys races saw Loyola’s Elias Geydon run the second fastest time on the historic course in 14:27 to win the individual sweepstakes race. He was one-upped moments later as Ammar Moussa tied Diego Mercado’s course record of 14:24 and bumping Geydon to third all-time. Moussa’s Arcadia squad was also spectacular, shattering the team time record of 76:22 held by the 2006 Royal HS team with a mark of 75:16. The #1 ranked team in the nation, Arcadia also broke the team course record at Woodward Park, home of the California state meet, two weeks ago and looks to break the California curse of struggling at Nike Cross Nationals. The Apaches scored 56 team points, followed by Orange County rivals Dana Hills with 87 and Trabuco Hills with 91.