“Leadership comes from the power of one, affect one person by the example you set and tomorrow you will affect two people.” – Nick Saben
The Pomona Cross Country teams got their 2016 season underway this past Friday at the CM Stampede in Colorado Springs. The course at the Stampede is the same course used for the State Championships so getting to experience that is of importance to those who wish to return there in late October. The Panthers are under new coaching leadership this fall, being led by Jack Swartz. Both squads are young in terms of years running but that is what is so exciting about the Cross Country team this year.
The girls team was led by Junior Rylie Dix and Sophomore Mary Mansfield. Dix placed 73rd in a time of 24:23 on the very warm afternoon, while Mary Mansfield finished in 84th (25:51). Rounding out the scoring for the girls were freshman Ashley Bassett (90th, 26:59), sophomore Allyssa Mansfield (91st, 27:06), and sophomore Christine Mansfield (94th, 27:40). The Panthers would place 14th as a team. Friday was the first time for most of the Panthers at this course.
As for the boys, Senior Malachi Blaszkowski led the team running 18:49 to place 61st. Blaszkowski would be the only upperclassmen in the scoring 5 for the boys, just as Dix was for the girls. Following Blaszkowski would be sophomores Cody Ohlson (75th, 19:18), Brendon Antill (104th, 22:17), Salvador Vialopando (105th, 22:18), and Will Graser (106th, 23:23). The boys would place 15th as a team at the meet.
Both team are back at it on Saturday, September 3rd at the Centaurus Invitational in Lafayette.