Carrillo sweeps NBL cross country titles


Maria Carrillo swept the team titles Friday at the North Bay League cross country championships, taking all divisions on the 3.1-mile course at Spring Lake.

For the Maria Carrillo boys team, it marked the ninth time in the past 12 years they have either won or shared the NBL championship. For the Maria Carrillo girls, this was 12th consecutive year they could make that claim.

Individually, Casa Grande’s Nicholas Rauch won the boys race, finishing in a personal best 15:21. In the girls race, Santa Rosa junior Delaney White crushed the field to win her third consecutive NBL title.

Casa’s Matt Salazar was in the early lead in the boys race but in the first mile began experiencing stomach cramps.
Carrillo’s Zac West took the lead halfway through the race with Casa’s Nicholas Rauch running just behind.

“When I caught up to Salazar I could hear how off his breathing was, so I only hesitated for a moment and then went by him,” said Rauch. “At 2 miles I was feeling really good and took off and caught West with half a mile to go.”Rauch’s speed took him tovictory five seconds ahead of West (15:26), who also ran a personal best.

Salazar finished third (15:36) just ahead of Carrillo’s Jordan Scobey (15:38) and Santa Rosa’s Daniel Pride (15:41).
Casa and Carrillo each finished with 40 points.

In cross country the team champion is then decided by each school’s sixth runner, giving the Pumas the narrowest of wins and this year’s pennant.

The varsity girls’ race was quite different.

“White took the lead and just ran with confidence,” said her coach, Doug Courtemarche. “She had to pretty much run all by herself hitting her timed marks each mile just as planned.”

White, who posted her second NBL win by 10 seconds ahead of Maria Carrillo’s Shaz Breedlove, crossed the finish line in 18:14, an impressive 34 seconds ahead of Breedlove.

Carrillo dominated the team race scoring 29 points, just two shy of bettering all the other seven teams combined. The Pumas were lead by Breedlove’s second-place finish at 18:47.

Casa’s Adria Barich (18:54), Carrillo’s Samantha Perry (19:04) and Casa’s Ileana Moon (19:15) took the next spots with all seven Pumas runners finishing in the top 12.