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League Recap: Bosco Cross-Country

by Caleb Wiley

Coming into their 2018 season with just two returning seniors, the St. John Bosco Cross-Country team overachieved all year, finishing second place in the loaded Trinity League and now running for the CIF playoffs.

Any team lacking experience will go through challenges, no matter how talented or how hard they work. That’s exactly what the Bosco Cross-Country team suffered through this season. Early on in the year, the team showed their inexperience on the track, starting out not very strong.cross-country

“We started the season very slowly with us being a very young team. Struggles were definitely there,” said Head Coach Tim McIntosh.

Most of the team from last season was made up of talented seniors, leaving only two returning runners this year to the Varsity squad, which resulted in many sophomores and juniors moving up to Varsity.

“It’s more or less confidence issues, because it’s different running a Frosh-Soph or JV race then running Varsity. It’s hard,” said Coach McIntosh.

With these growing pains, the team lacked a true leader all season. No one stepped up to be the voice and motivate this young team.

“We kind of lacked a leader. We really don’t have one and it’s not something drastic, but sometimes it’s nice for the runners to hear from someone else besides me. That was a little bit of a drawback,” said Coach McIntosh.

However, the team overcame this obstacle with hard work and determination to get better as the season progressed, performing well in workouts that Coach McIntosh was surprised they were able to do. The work ethic was definitely there with this team.

“100 percent the best thing about this team was how hard everyone worked, getting up at 5:45 AM and doing the workouts every morning. Everyone worked their butt off,” said senior Team Captain Zeke Delgado.

The more time went by, the more the runners got comfortable competing at the Varsity level and the results showed. The team improved drastically, ultimately placing second in the tough Trinity League. Two runners made First Team All-League, and three runners made Second Team All-League.

The team had their best outing yet in their most recent race, the Trinity League finals meet.

“This last race was a confidence booster for the team. They looked good before the meet and they ran good. It helped them psychologically become ready for CIF,” said Coach McIntosh.

With the team coming off their best performance most recently, they will look to carry their momentum to a State Title.

CIF Prelims begin today for the Braves Cross-Country squad at Riverside Community College.

 

Sports: Bosco Cross-Country Preview

by Jalen Manson and Michael Beltran

Two seasons ago, the St. John Bosco High School cross-country program was at an all-time low, finishing last in the Trinity League.

For 25 years prior to this dreadful season, the team was virtually unstoppable, winning 25 straight league championships and earning a reputation for their “streak” of league titles. However, last season the team made a statement and regained dominance in the Trinity League by taking first place and restarting the notion of “the streak” around Bosco.

This year, with a great coaching staff and competitive returning seniors such as team captain Zeke Delgado and junior Kevin Aguilar, the team will look to continue to move forward and dominate.

“The team has worked very hard this summer and they are ready to compete for the league championship and be a force in CIF and state,” said Head Coach Tim McIntosh.

With the team coming off a league title win last year, coach McIntosh is looking to bring home another one to start up a new streak the cross country program is so well known for at Bosco. With the program’s long-lasting capability to produce great runners in the program, this looks very possible to restart for the foreseeable future.

The team is on the younger side this year, with only 4 seniors suiting up. There is a great future in this program for years to come. With not a lot of upperclassmen on the squad, it is going to be crucial for the seniors to pull their own weight. Team captain Zeke Delgado’s mindset this year is just looking out for his teammates and holding them accountable.

“As team captain, there are a lot of responsibilities and expectations, but I enjoy being in this position. All I ask of my teammates is that they are committed. In a cross-country race, the whole team has to trust each other and the work that they have done in the months prior,” said Delgado.

With the pressure of being team captain, Delgado knows trust is a big thing for the team, and if every single runner is committed, only good is to come in the near future. With new runners and talent, the team will progressively develop trust in each other over the course of the season. The sooner they do just that, the more they’ll ultimately succeed.

The team’s first official meet will take place on September 1st of this year. No matter what the result of the match, the team would greatly appreciate their fellow Braves going out and supporting them in their season long journey.

 

Bosco Cross-Country: 2017 Season Recap

by Ethan Piechota

Two seasons ago, the dominant run of 25 straight league championships by the St. John Bosco Braves Cross Country team was snapped with a disappointing 6th place league finish.

Last season, the Braves showed resilience, yet came up short; finishing 2nd place in the Trinity League. The cross-country program at Bosco can be viewed as one of the greatest programs of any sport in Trinity League history. Finally, this season, dominance has been restored in the league, as the Braves took first place back, marking the beginnings of a new streak for several years to come.

This team brought a lot of talent win a league championship this year. Colby Corcoran, Albert Serrano, Diego de la Torre, Diego Gonzalez, and Raymond Solorza were part of a strong group of senior runners that lead the way all season for the team. Zeke Delgado, a junior, and Gabriel Cordova and Alexander Frias, both sophomores, were a big part of the team’s overall success this season as well.

On November 3rd in Central Park, California, the Braves dominated the rest of their league in the Trinity League Finals, taking back the league championship with an 11 point victory margin over second place Mater Dei. de la Torre, Corcoran, and Serrano all were top 10 finishers in the race, guiding the Braves to a league title. Gonzalez and Delgado also earned top 20 finishes in the race, showing the importance of the well-rounded team the Braves had.

“It means a lot,” says junior runner Antonio Valles in regards to regaining the league title. “It was important to win it back and keep the tradition going.”

Following this race, the team took 3rd place in the CIF Southern Section Division 3 Finals, and ended up finishing 9th place in the entire state of California for the State Finals on November 25th, 2017.

Unfortunately, the downside of this historic season coming to an end will be having to wave goodbye to many of the senior leaders on the team. In order to keep up the grind to continue a new “streak,” many underclassmen and juniors will have to step up and get the job done in the coming years.

In the end, however, this season will always be remembered as a special one for the St. John Bosco Cross-Country team. Hard work, dedication, and commitment to each other got the job done for the Braves, as they restored their rightful dominance in the Trinity League. Bosco Cross-Country is back.