Tesoro High School’s very own Boys Cross Country team emerged in 2014 with one of their best seasons yet, going through months of vigorous training with new coach Darren Phelps to finally realize their goal of making it to the California State meet for the second year in a row.
The boys started off with some training in the tropics with their first race at Oahu, Hawaii, where they got in a week of vigorous training and dominated the competition at the Iolani Invitational. The boys then moved on to the prestigious Stanford Invitational, where the brave Andrew Suda (11) emerged with a strong race after suffering a season-halting concussion at the same race his sophomore year. The Varsity Boys then moved on to the Clovis Invitational, where the Varsity team finished top 20 in the meet, and JV flew in to grab a spot on the podium.
All this time, a strong freshman squad led by Ryan Bush and Sloan Smith came in by storm and got first place in numerous races, including the Laguna Hills Invitational, the Sea View League Cluster, and the O.C. Championships. The Sophomores, led by Asher Richland, also showed unwavering fortitude as they placed well in multiple races, most notably the OC Championships. Their success undoubtedly means a very bright future for Boys Cross Country at Tesoro.
The Varsity Titan boys did not let up as the season progressed, which was proven at the infamous Mt. SAC Invitational where Sander Kushen (12) broke the school record (and later moved on to be 1st team all Orange County) with a time of 15:00 and led the boys to a second place finish in the tough sweepstakes race. Christian Wherli (9) broke the freshman record at Mt. SAC and placed 3rd on varsity. Soon after, the freshman, sophomore, JV, and Varsity Boys all earned first place in League Finals, ending a great season for most and sending the Varsity team to CIF with high hopes.
Varsity breezed through CIF Prelims and qualified for the State meet at CIF Finals by three points, due to an incredible team effort and an amazingly fast race by Carter Christman (11). The boys ultimately ended the season with their second appearance at the California State Meet, an unforgettable and speedy race for everyone involved. Ranked #4 OC - #7 CIF SS D2 - #11 CIF STATE D2