By J.P. Hajjar ’16
The cross country season is more than halfway completed and the runners are looking towards the next few races to finish the season strong.
This team is highlighted with athletes across all grade levels.
Assistant coach Mr. Steve Smith ’96 said he is very proud of the work the competitors have done all year.
“We have a great group of seniors like Bobby Bullington (’14) and guys like Tristan Kelly (’16), a sophomore who is back and makes every practice, and then a great group of freshman who could be our future superstars,” Mr. Smith said.
When asked about how the team has done this season, Mr. Smith said their night race, Twilight, had been their most successful.
“The last one was Twilight and it was the best we did all year. I think because it was at night, the weather was great, the course wasn’t super hilly, and it was just our best meet of the year,” Mr. Smith said.
Runner Luis Torres ’16 has moved from being out of the top five runners to the second best on the team.
“I’ve kind of surprised myself and what I have done and how the team has been doing as well,” Torres said.
Torres has not only shocked the coaches but also himself.
“I wanted a PR of 19:40 and I got it at Twilight with 16:44,” Torres said when asked about his goals this season.
Cross country had a meet at Thunderbird the weekend of Oct. 12 against Corona Del Sol, Highland, Mountain View and other schools.
Senior Darren Burr ’14 finished in second place out of 80 runners with a time of 15:02, Brophy’s best time at Thunderbird.
Torres finished in ninth place and Juniors Connor Andreen ’15, Luke Mailliard ’15 and Stephen Casillas ’15 all medaled as well.