Knight runners reach postseason

first_imgThe Knight High boys’ cross country team will make the school’s first postseason appearance Saturday morning at 8:28, running in the Southern Section Div. II prelims at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut. Ninety-two minutes later, the Hawks’ girls’ team will make the school’s second postseason appearance, running in its heat of the Div. II prelims. “A lot of people are touting it, but I’m trying to downplay it, because we have some good teams on campus that should also make (the playoffs) this year,” Knight coach Ed Winczowski said. “We just happen to go first because we’re a fall sport.” He’s excited about the opportunity to compete in the prelims after the teams’ second full season of varsity competition. She is the second straight Paraclete runner to win the Alpha League title. Heidi Rocha, now running for fourth-ranked University of Notre Dame, won last year. Velasquez finished second to Rocha in last year’s race. Happy thoughts: Highland’s Josh Housinger and Lancaster’s Irvin Garcia had each won one of the two regular-season Golden League meets, so Housinger knew a victory at the league finals on Nov. 2 at Pelona Vista was not a foregone conclusion. “I went into the race kind of freaking myself out,” Housinger said. “I took a couple deep breaths, did my strides and said, ‘There’s nothing I can do now.’ ” Turns out he had nothing to worry about. Housinger beat Garcia by 11 seconds (16:25 to 16:36) on the 3.1-mile course. Lucky girl: Lancaster High’s Courtney Wheeler is fortunate cross country also is an individual sport. The Eagles didn’t have enough runners to field a varsity team for the Golden League finals, but Wheeler qualified for the Southern Section Div. I prelims as an individual by finishing third in 20:03. Rosamond High’s Julio Barrios and Justin Wire will compete as individuals Saturday at Mt. SAC, running in the boys’ Div. IV prelims. Vasquez High’s Felisha Watson will run in the girls’ Div. IV prelims. Three-peat: Quartz Hill junior Brienna Morris has competed in three Golden League finals – and she’s won all three. She captured the title Nov. 2 with a time of 18:54 on the 3.1-mile course. Sean Martin, (818) 713-3607 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “It was a goal entering this season, and we accomplished it,” Winczowski said. “We get to run another week.” Back on top: Paraclete’s Kaitlin Huerta was second behind teammate Alexis Velasquez halfway through the Nov. 1 Alpha League finals at Pierce College in Woodland Hills. It was a familiar position for Huerta. She acknowledged she had struggled recently, finishing after Velasquez in recent meets, including the Spirits’ victory in the Div. IV/V race at the Oct. 21 Mt. SAC Invitational, in which where Velasquez beat Huerta by 23 seconds. Huerta surged near the league final’s halfway point, winning with a time of 19 minutes, 24 seconds on the 3-mile course. She beat second-place Velasquez by 13 seconds. “I’d been struggling a bit mentally, as far as realizing where I should be and that I have the potential to do the things I want,” Huerta said. “I’ve done a lot of mental training, as far as telling myself that I belong where I am … and that I was set as the leader of this team, so I wanted to get back to that spot.” last_img read more