Williams High School welcomed Colusa and Pierce along with eight other schools to compete in an Mid Valley League 5K cross country meet on Sept. 11.
For JV boys, Tyler Moss, from Colusa, came in first with a time of 19:41.82.
For boys varsity, the first to cross the line was Brandon Colter, from Winters, at 18:49.71, but on his heels was Colusa’s Jacob Arce, coming in fourth at 20:10.69. Pierce’s Joel Magellon finished at 20:56.14, and Brandon Ramirez, of Williams, finished at 22:45.54.
Although the students ran as individuals, as a whole, Colusa High School was ranked first, Pierce High School ranked second, and Williams High School was third.
JV girls Lupita Perez, from Colusa, came in third at 26:19.73.
Varsity win went to Mikaela Murasko, from Durham, with a time of 23:18.74. Less than a minute later, Pierce’s Ari Sanchez came in second at 24:08.5, followed by Valeria Orozco, from Williams, who finished at 26:26.07, and Colusa’s Veronica Jauregui, who completed her run at 27:09.75.
The Bears’ cross country coach, Merced Corona, said that the athletes are self motivated and they work hard every week to get ready.
“Running is a lifelong fitness,” said Corona. “It improves the quality of life.”
As a runner for Williams High School, Jasmine Rodriguez recommended abdominal workouts to strengthen the core. She said she pushes through the fatigue by envisioning the finish line. Inspired by the sentiment that pain is temporary, Rodriguez knows the pain will end but the victory lasts.
Williams’ Cassandra Vargas said that she gets through her run by singing a fast beat song in her head.
“I try to keep a fast beat going and keep my eyes forward and keep going,” said Vargas.
Williams High School senior Brenda Valencia said what keeps her going is her support and having friends from school cheering her along. ■