The Varsity Cross Country Boys of Ukiah High are the Redwood Division Champions of the North Bay League. The Deep Wildcat Boys added their pennant to last spring’s girls track and field championship flag and placed six runners in the top 10, trailing Healdsburg, Analy, Rancho Cotate, Cardinal Newman and Elsie Allen on a beautiful, lightly rainy day let. around the challenging course on the Ukiah campus – a mix of steep gravel hills, a flat grassy area and flat gravel paths.
The win marked the first time the Ukiah XC Boys had won a league title since winning the full NBL championship in 2001. This year’s team beat Healdsburg 26-46 (low wins; ranked by top five teams). Uni was undefeated in league doubles; The JV boys were only passed by Analy.
Led as ever by senior Andrew Tarin (3rd place, 18:03), five Ukiah juniors stormed the finish line in quick succession on the all-weather course, each with an excellent time on the 3-mile course notorious for slower times the hills.
The Varsity Girls team, led by Amanda Mucho’s impressive 24:42 run in 12th place, finished the division meeting one point behind Healdsburg in 5th place. Despite some good individual performances, the girls team was hampered by low athlete turnout at the league meet and throughout the season.
The Wildcat Junior Varsity Boys took a strong 2nd place after Analy as Ukiah’s eleven runners showed their strong development and future prospects with improved times at their tough home track.
All five varsity boys trailing Tarin in the top ten are underranked: freshman Gideon Hupp (5th, 18:19), Sophs Oscar RUiz (6th, 18:29) and Jackson Brown (8th, 19:47). ), junior Jack Rahn (9th, 19:55) and Soph Jackson Giglio (10th, 19:56), with older Grason Hargreaves in 14th place, 20:32. With senior Aaron Kennedy, they showed team spirit all season and will be a force to be reckoned with in XC and spring track. They run this Saturday 11/19 in the North Coast Section, meeting at 1pm at Hayward High with the goal of running strong, fast and proud without losing a thing.
Amanda and the girls are scheduled to start at 11am in Hayward. Her teammates in the finish at NBL were: 20th – Josie Bogner (Jr., 27:18), 22nd – Lily Losak (Sr., 27:40), 23rd – Brile Leonard (Fr., 28:01), 24th—Ashley Reed, (Sun., 28:18). Senior Mia Gittleman has been a consistent finish throughout the league season.
The JV Boys team is packed with fast-improving runners that promise even stronger teams to come. They took six of the top twelve spots, led by Soph Kobi Hasunuma, who placed 3rd in 20:35. 7th – Xavier Fierro (Sun., 21:06), 8th – Garrett Rahn (Jr., 21:51), 10th – Cheveyo Minz Chamber (Fri., 22:07), 11th – Kaleo Olson (Fri ., 22:11) and 12.—Guy Glenzer (Sun., 22:18). Hardworking freshmen Mitchell Parker (23:05), IO Kililea (23:20 and Carlos Orozco (23:41)) Gavin Gonzalez – a hugely inspiring athlete – finished 28th in 31:45. Soph Austin ROss and the frog Krtan Magan were season-long reliable racers.
Coaches Chad and Benna Raugewitz once again provided smart training and racing schedules, inexhaustible energy and perfectly organized home reunions to build a family spirit with the kids, with a pre-season camping/running trip to Shelter Cove, weekend meets a San Francisco ( Lowell, Golden Gate Park), Arcata (Clam Beach), and Santa Rosa, and an end-of-season dinner together at their home, along with a graduation ceremony attended by many parents in Brenna’s lively biology classroom. The volunteer coaches Holly Enzler, Eveline ROdriguez and Sarah Bogner provided support throughout the season.
The October 22nd Yoshaany Rahm Community Run/Walk and High School Invitational Races were a huge success in their 14th year. Yoshaany’s mother, Jean Hooker, was the starter of the community race, as always; his brother and teammate Yoshi and his sister-in-law Sonia and their young daughters ran; his sister Michelle and their son Jacob attend; Teammates from the early 2000s emerged: Joe Graham, John Poor and Clan Rhett Matthews. Rodger Schwartz of the North Coast Striders presented the Ukiah teams with generous donations from the long-established running club; Rodger ran (and finished) the grueling 5K for the umpteenth time.
After 20 K-6 mile riders chased Willy the Wildcat down the dirt track and through Halloween woods with the enthusiasm only his age group and most appreciated by adults, local distance runner Alexander Kramer again won the 5K race of the community he appears to own, which had 80 participants. Entry fees are donations to the UHS XC and T&F teams.
In the Yoshaany High School races, Skyline of Oakland won the team titles in the college/JV boys and girls. Ukiah was a close 3rd in boys varsity, missing a key runner for illness; also 3rd in boys jv The Wildcat girls had an incomplete team but a surprising team leading runner in frosh Briley Leonard. Teams also came from the far north like Arcata; Piner and Analy represented Sonoma County. On a bright fall day, the Yoshaany races were once again the jewel in the crown of the local community run.