Pacific Grove hosted Soledad and Gonzales to kick off the MTAL cross country season on Thursday afternoon. Pacific Grove won both ends, 21 to 40 vs Soledad and a perfect score of 15-50 vs Gonzales. Jesus Rodriguez of Soledad set a course record of 9:58.75 narrowly beating Pacific Grove’s Jake Alt, 9:59.34. Both bested Emerson Hardy’s Carmel course record of 10:03. Alt was closely followed by teammates Henry Loh, Everett Millette and Luca Lauritzen.
The girls meets were dominated by Host Pacific Grove. Anna Stefanou won in a personal best time of 12:27.5. She was followed by teammates Christina Hashimoto, Kismet Isik and Mei Bailey as Pacific Grove had the first four finishers overall. Team scores were Pacific Grove 15, Gonzales 50 (perfect score), and Pacific Grove 16 Soledad 43. Next up for Pacific Grove will be a dual meet at Carmel next Thursday. Full results to follow.