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MBL Review

2004 Monterey Bay League Cross Country Championships Review

The day was sunny and bright from the get go which made for perfect running conditions for the 2004 MBL Championships at Toro Park in Salinas, CA!  The North Monterey County Condors returned to defend their 2002 and 2003 titles and did it in impressive fashion.  The Condors were in control early and didn’t let off the gas as Keli Parker (12) led the team charge and cruised his last 800 in about 2:05 to win a second individual MBL crown in 15:51 on the 3 mile course to go with the title he won as a sophomore.  Adalberto Corres (12) from Seaside gave a valiant effort for the win but held on for 2nd in 16:03.  The much-improved duo of Ivan Alfaro (11) and Jose Garcia (12) from North Monterey County ran well together throughout the race and came in 3rd & 4th in 16:16 & 16:18.  Wes Buntman (10), the youngster from Monte Vista Christian, rounded out the top 5 in 16:28.  North Monterey County placed their top 5 in the top 13 for a 29-point total and an 8th league title in the last 11 years.  They look primed and ready to defend their 2003 Central Coast Section Championship in two weeks on this same course and they’ll try to improve on their 4th place state finish from 2003.  They will receive a huge boost with the return of All-American Nathan Huerta (12) from injury for CCS.  Seaside will be our dark horse pick to qualify for the state meet out of CCS division III this year.  Adalberto led the crew to a 2nd place showing today and a 55-point total.  Alisal led by Enrique Lopez (11) in 6th was 3rd with 80 points.  Monterey led by Kody Reed (11) in 10th was 4th with 98 points.  Alvarez led by Chris Toler (11) in 14th was 5th with 105 points and Monte Vista Christian was 6th with 118 points.



The ladies from North Monterey County were not going to be out-done by the guys and ran to a 9th league title in the last 12 years including four in a row!  Adriene Tabag (12) paced the lady condors as she took the lead from the gun and never looked back clocking a fine 19:42.  Adilene Sanchez (10) the young talent from Alisal was 2nd in 20:32.  Tanya Ferreira (11) made it two condors in the top 3 with a 20:46 run.  Rosa Valenzuela (9) from Alisal was the first freshman across the line in 20:50 and rounding out the top 5 was Kate Summers (12) from Monterey in 21:12.  North Monterey County placed 5 girls in the top 14 for a 37-point total for the win and now has an outside shot at a state qualifying birth at CCS.  Alisal battled some injuries and even a top runner dropping out to hold on for second with a 59 point total.  Alvarez was paced by Loris Nguyen (12) in 9th at 21:57 and ended up third with 88 points.  Seaside was 4th with 99 points and Maddy Carriles (12) led their charge in 8th at 21:32.  Monte Vista Christian led by Ester Witmer (10) in 7th at 21:19 was 5th with 101 points and Monterey rounded out the field in 6th with 126 points.


          In the JV and Frosh/Soph divisions, North Monterey County made it a clean sweep for the day winning all of the races as teams and individuals.  Roberto Romero (11) led from the gun to win the JV boys race in 17:38 and led the team to an impressive 17 point total for the win with 7 condors in the top 9!  Alisal (54 points) and Seaside (72 points) were 2nd & 3rd respectively.  Monica Arizmendez (10) won the girls JV race going away with a 23:04 clocking and led her NMC team to a 26 point win.  Seaside and Alisal were 2nd and 3rd with 38 and 82 points respectively.  And finally, Jose Esparza (9) made it 5 for 5 for the Condors this day with a 17:45 win in the frosh/soph boys race.  He led the NMC squad to near perfect 18 point total with 7 runners in the top 10.  Pajaro Valley and Seaside were 2nd and 3rd as both squads scored 72 points and went to a tiebreaker!

          We want to wish all athletes good luck as they prepare for the CCS and State Championships and appreciate all of the support that was shown today at the meet!

Coach Gustavo Ibarra

Monterey Bay League Rep

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