Girls cross country on their way to success

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First to finish, senior Nisreen Rizk runs the 3-mile course at Cerritos Regional Park, in the San Gabriel Valley League Second Cluster, on Oct 13. With the other varsity Cross Country girls, Rizk completed the 3-mile course with a time of 18:50.

April Rios, Writer/Photographer

After weeks of practice, the varsity cross country girls raced at Cerritos Regional Park, on Oct. 13, in the San Gabriel Valley League second cluster. Over the recent years, the lady Vikings have been working their way up to the top three in the league. This season, the team has finally taken a victory from Warren’s ten-year winning streak by defeating them with a score of 28-30 at the second cluster.

“I felt good, like finally, you know? But I’m not going to be excited until we beat them again at finals,” Alissa Weisenburger, 12, said.

At the race, Nisreen Rizk, 12, was the first to finish the three-mile course with a time of 18:50, while Karen Silva, 10, and Lisa Vasquez, 9, came in third and fourth places with a time of 18:58. Alissa Weisenburger, 12, Ammi Castaneda, 11, Meghan Nevarez, 11, and Brenda Garibay, 12, also contributed to the winning score of 28.

“The hard-work paid off. We all did the things we were suppose to do and it worked,” senior Nisreen Rizk said.

This year, the team is prepared and determined to defeat Warren on Nov. 2 at league finals. Coaches Amy Overgauw and John Kosarich have worked diligently over the past years of coaching to improve the team who is now so close to achieving a historic accomplishment.

“I think that they are going to have to fight for every place, but I also think that with the training that they have put in, they are more than capable of exceeding their victory against Warren,” coach Overgaauw said.

This past win influenced the team to work harder than in previous seasons in order to carry out a historic achievement.